Finance and Social Movements

Apr 13 2017 - 4:00pm
Paris, France
Venue  École Normale Supérieure, Salle Jaurès, 29, rue d’Ulm
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Apr 13 2017 - 4:00pm

Organisation : Quentin Ravelli (CMH-Pro-Tepsis- CNRS) – co-organisation : Benjamin Lemoine (Irisso – Université Paris Dauphine)

Programme :
- 9h00-9h30 : Accueil et introduction
- 9h30-10h30 : La dette publique dans le monde de Trump – Public Debt in a Trumpian World (Sandy Brian Hager – London School of Economics)
- 10h30-11h30 : Bernie Sanders, contre la démocratie dévoyée par la financiarisation – Bernie Sanders against the financialization of democracy (Sylvie Laurent – Sciences Po Paris)
- 11h45-12h45 : Les banques communautaires de développement brésiliennes comme tentative de réappropriation citoyenne de la finance – Community Banking in Brazil: a citizens’ attempt to control finance (Isabelle Guérin – Institut
de Recherche pour le Développement-CESSMA)
- 14h15-15h15 : Financiarisation et luttes des ouvriers des mines en Afrique du sud – Financialisation and Mine Workers’ Struggles in South Africa’ (Samantha Ashman – University of Johannesburg)
- 15h15-16h15 : Les luttes contre les banques en Espagne – Struggles Against Banks in Spain (Quentin Ravelli – CNRS-CMH)
- 16h30-17h30 : Les Faucheurs de chaise : une lutte inédite contre l’évasion fiscale - « Furniture seizure »: an unprecedented struggle against tax evasion (Pauline Boyer – ANV-COP21 et le Collectif des Faucheurs de chaises)
- 17h30-18h30 : Dette publique et lutte contre la « dette illégitime » – Public debt and struggles against the « illegitimate debt » (Éric Toussaint – Comité pour l’Abolition des Dettes Illégitimes)
Discutants : Valérie Boussard (IDHES), Benjamin Lemoine (IRISSO), Quentin Ravelli (CMH).

Abstract :

Financialization did not change the nature of the capitalist system, but it certainly deeply transformed its stuctures. Since the 1970s, corporations, housing, retirement, public and private debts as well as health care services
are ever more closely tied to financial markets. This process generates multiple social inequalities, but also multiple resistances. Struggles against evictions for securitized mortgage arrears, strikes against speculation on agricultural
commodities or against massive layoffs for financial reasons, movements against the legitimacy of public debts: financialization tries to overcome all these social movements, that are too often analyzed separately.
What are the new forms of social struggles used by activists against the apparently abstract mecanisms of financialization? During this study day, we will shed light on causal links between finance and new social movements.
We will focus on two types of contestation in different countries (United-States, Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Greece, France): social struggles against toxic credit and evictions in the aftermath of the 2007 subprimes crisis ; political
oppositions against public debt constraints.