CRC 597 / RECON Workshop

The Social Embeddedness of Transnational Markets

WP 9 - Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation Compared 

WP 9 events

Bremen, 5-7 February 2009


Venue: Haus der Wissenschaft, Sandstraße 4/5, 28195 Bremen

Organised by the Centre for European Law and Politics (ZERP), University of Bremen


Workshop summary (D54) (pdf)


This is the third third joint workshop of RECON WP 9 (Global Transnationalisation and Democratisation Compared) and the Collaborative Research Centre Transformations of the State  (CRC 597) Project A 1 (Trade Liberalisation and Social Regulation in Transnational Structures).

Read more on the research objectives of WP 9 and on the overall research objectives of RECON.

'Transnational governance' is the term most widely used in the current debates on the institutional frameworks of globalising markets. Our reference to the notion of 'social embeddedness' is to indicate that we seek to understand the tensions generated by the efforts to promote free international trade on the one hand and the countermoves striving for social responsibility on the other. Polanyi, to whom the notion of emebddedness can be ascribed, does not provide us with any comprehensive theory, which would predict the outcome of these conflictual interactions, the disembedding moves and re-embedding countermoves – and he had no theory of globalisation.

Following our previous workshop on 'Transnational Standards of Social Protection'  and a seminar in the summer term of 2008 on 'Markets as Social Institutions' we felt we should seek to understand Polanyi's work as a challenge to our efforts to explain the emergence of transnational governance arrangements, or, to rephrase this with a more conceptual and normative twist, to use it in our efforts to understand 'how the globalisation of the market system as a disembedding process is to be reconciled with re-embedding moves aiming at social security and cohesion'.

See RECON Report No 4: Transnational Standards of Social Protection



Programme (pdf) (02.02.2009)

Abstracts (pdf)


Thursday, 5 February 2009

Section I: Theoretical Frameworks



Chair: Christian Joerges

Polanyi’s Theory of Public Policy: Embeddedness, Commodification and the Institutional Dynamism of the Welfare State (Abstract) (Paper)
Alexander Ebner, Jacobs University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bremen


Who Compensates the Losers? Embedded Liberalism, Inequality and the Limits of Global Governance (Abstract) (Paper)
Jens Steffek, Collaborative Research Center 597 / Jacobs University, Bremen

Discussant: Florian Rödl, Centre for European Law and Politics, Bremen





Coffee break

Chair: Karl-Heinz Ladeur

European and Global Economic Constitutionalisation (Abstract) (Paper)
Poul Kjaer, Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence 'The Formation of Normative Orders'

Discussant: Waltraud Schelkle, London School of Economics, European Institute


Re-embedding the Market Through Law? On the Legalisation of the International System (Abstract) (Paper)
Regina Kreide, University of Gießen

Discussant: Jürgen Neyer, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder


Dinner at Bremer Ratskeller

Friday, 6 February 2009

Section II: Case Studies


Services and Labour

Chair: Sol Picciotto


Commodification of Healthcare in Transnational Contexts: The EU and the WTO
(Abstract) (Paper)
Markus Krajewski, University of Potsdam / Collaborative Research Center 597, Bremen


Commodification of Universal Telecommunications Service in the Liberalisation Framework of the WTO and the EC (Abstract)
Olga Batura, Centre for European Law and Politics, Bremen


International Standards and the Service Economy (Abstract) (Paper)
Jean-Christophe Graz, Institut d’études politiques et internationales, University of Lausanne



Coffee break

WTO and ILO: Can Social Responsibility be Maintained in International Trade? (Abstract) (Paper)
Josef Falke, Collaborative Research Center 597 / Centre For European Law and Politics, Bremen

Discussant: Claire O’Brien, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen (Abstract) (Paper)


Lunch break





Chair: Gralf-Peter Calliess

Enclosed Solutions for Common Problems? Uncertainty, Precaution and Collective Learning in Environmental Law (Abstract) (Paper)
Olaf Dilling, Collaborative Research Center 597, Bremen

Discussant: Henning Deters, Collaborative Research Center 597, Bremen


Exploring the Social Embeddedness of Markets: Insights from the Sociology of Occupations and Professions (Abstract)
Martin Herberg, Collaborative Research Center 597, Bremen


Embedding Others: International Investment Law and Market Regulation (Abstract)
Harm Schepel, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent at Brussels


Coffee break 

Financial Markets

Karl Marx, "Die Finanzkrise in Europa" (1857):

"Um die Preise zu halten, [ ...] musste der Staat die Preise zahlen, dievor dem Ausbruch der Handelspanik galten, und die Wechsel diskontieren, dienichts anderes mehr repräsentierten als die ausländischen Bankrotte. Mitanderen Worten, das Vermögen der gesamten Gesellschaft, welche die Regierung vertritt, hat die Verluste der privaten Kapitalisten zuvergüten. Diese Art Kommunismus, wo die Gegenseitigkeit völlig einseitigist, erscheint den europäischen Kapitalisten ziemlich anziehend."

Translation of his Editorial in the New York Daily Tribune Nr. 5202, 22 December 1857



Chair: Marc Amstutz

Corporate Governance, Financial Market Regulation and the Next ‘Great Transformation’ of Markets and States in the Transnational Space: Of Investors, Employees, Global Assemblages and Polanyi’s Double Movement (Abstract) (Paper)
Peer Zumbansen, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto

Discussant: Ulrich Klüh, The German Council of Economic Experts, Wiesbaden


Disembedding and Regulation: The Paradox of International Finance (Abstract) (Paper)
Sol Picciotto, Lancaster University Law School

Discussant: Lars Klöhn, Institut für Handels-, Wirtschafts- und Arbeitsrecht, University of Marburg


The whole conference is invited by Stephan Leibfried – Speaker of the Bremen Research Centre on Transformations of the State and its Spiritus Rector – to his 65th birthday and non-retirement party. More directions will follow.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Section III: Constitutionalising Transnational Governance Arrangements 



Chair: Harm Schepel

The Transnational Dimension of Constitutional Rights (Abstract)
Lars Viellechner, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

Discussant: Isabell Hensel, Centre for European Law and Politics, Bremen


The Double Movement in Global Law: The Case of European Corporate Social Responsibility (Abstract) (Paper)
Marc Amstutz, University of Freiburg i.Ue.

Discussant: Gralf-Peter Calliess, Collaborative Research Center 597, Bremen




Coffee break

Chair: Jean-Christophe Graz

Law and/or Economics? Transnational Economic Constitutions in the Making (Abstract)
Sabine Frerichs, Centre of Excellence 'Foundations of European Law and Polity', University of Helsinki


Conflict of Laws as the Legal Paradigm of the Postnational Constellation (Abstract) (Paper)
Christian Joerges, Collaborative Research Center 597 / Centre For European Law and Politics, Bremen

Discussant: Moritz Renner, Collaborative Research Center 597, Bremen


Global or International Administrative Law: Transnational Administrative Law Beyond the State? (Abstract) (Paper in German, English version to follow)
Karl-Heinz Ladeur, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

Discussant: Bogdan Iancu, Centre for European Law and Politics, Bremen


Lunch at Haus der Wissenschaft


For further information, please contact Christian Joerges (co-leader WP 9) or Olga Batura (ZERP).

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