olivier godechot

1. 8 September 2017. Introduction

Organization of the seminar

2. 15 September 2017. Historical approach of financial markets

Students’ presentation:

Hautcoeur, Pierre-Cyrille, and Angelo Riva. 2012. “The Paris financial market in the nineteenth century: complementarities and competition in microstructures.” The Economic History Review 65(4): 1326-1353.

Material for lecture:  

Carruthers, Bruce G. 1999. City of capital: Politics and markets in the English financial revolution. Princeton University Press.

3. 22 September 2017. Financialization

Students’ presentation:

Krippner, Greta R. 2017. “Democracy of Credit: Ownership and the Politics of Credit Access in Late Twentieth-Century America.” American Journal of Sociology 123(1): 1-47.

Material for lecture:  

Godechot, Olivier. 2016. “Financialization is marketization! A study on the respective impact of various dimensions of financialization on the increase in global inequality”, Sociological Science 3: 495-519.

In French: Godechot, Olivier. 2015. « Variétés de financiarisation et accroissement des inégalités », Revue Française de Socio-Economie 16: 51-72.


4. 29 September 2017. The performativity of financial theories

Students’ presentation:

MacKenzie, Donald. 2017. “A material political economy: Automated Trading Desk and price prediction in high-frequency trading.” Social Studies of Science 47(2): 172-194.

Material for lecture:  

MacKenzie, Donald and Yuval Millo. 2003. “Constructing a market, performing theory: the historical sociology of a financial derivatives exchange,” American journal of sociology 109 (1). 107-145.

In French: MacKenzie, Donald and Yuval Millo. 2003. « Construction d'un marché et performation théorique : sociologie historique d'une bourse de produits dérivés financiers », Réseaux, 21(122): p. 15-61.

5. 6 October 2017. Work and hierarchies in the market

Students’ presentation:

Sapienza, Paola, Luigi Zingales, and Dario Maestripieri. 2009. “Gender differences in financial risk aversion and career choices are affected by testosterone.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106 (36): 15268-15273.

Material for lecture:

Roth, Louise-Marie. 2006. Selling Women Short. Gender Inequality on Wall Street, Princeton University Press

6. 13 October 2017. Rationalities

Students’ presentation:

Lange, Ann-Christina. 2016. “Organizational ignorance: an ethnographic study of high-frequency trading.” Economy and Society 45(2): 230-250.

Material for lecture:

Godechot, Olivier. 2016. “Back in the Bazaar. Taking Pierre Bourdieu to a Trading Room”, Journal of Cultural Economy 9(4): 410-429.


7. 20 October 2017. Social networks, prices and profits

Students’ presentation:

Davis, Gerald F. 1991. “Agents without Principles? The Spread of the Poison Pill through the Intercorporate Network” Administrative Science Quarterly 36(4): 583-613.

Material for lecture:

Baker, Wayne. 1984. “The Social Structure of a National Securities Market”, American Journal of Sociology 89(4): 775-811.

In French: Baker, Wayne. 2005. “La structure sociale d’un marché à la criée”, Idees, n° 139, mars 2005, 56-69 & Idees, n° 140, juin 2005, 58-68.


8. 27 October 2017. Financial categories

Students’ presentation:

Quinn, Sarah. 2008. “The transformation of morals in markets: Death, benefits, and the exchange of life insurance policies.” American Journal of Sociology 114(3): 738-780.

Material for lecture:

Zuckerman, Ezra. 1999. “The categorical imperative: Securities analysts and the illegitimacy discount”, American Journal of Sociology 104(5): 1398-1438.


9. 10 November 2017. Finance labor market

Students’ presentation:

Khurana, Rakesh. 2002. “A Different Kind of Market” in: Searching for a Corporate Savior. The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs, Princeton University Press, p. 20-50.

Material for lecture:

Godechot, Olivier. 2008. “"Hold-up" in finance: the conditions of possibility for high bonuses in the financial industry”, Revue française de sociologie, 49 Supplement Annual English Edition: 95-123.

In French: Godechot, Olivier. 2006. « Hold-up en finance. Les conditions de possibilité des bonus élevés dans l'industrie financière », Revue française de sociologie, 47 (2): 341-371.


10. 17 November. Finance and transformations of firms

Students’ presentation:

Froud, Julie Colin Haslam, Sukhdev Johal, and Karel Williams. 2000. “Shareholder value and Financialization: consultancy promises, management moves,” Economy and Society 29(1), 80-110. DOI: 10.1080/030851400360578

Material for lecture:

Dobbin, Frank and Jiwook Jung. 2016. “Agency Theory as Prophecy: How Boards, Analysts, and Fund Managers Perform Their Roles”, Seattle University Law Review 39: 291–320.


11. 24 November 2017. When finance gets into crisis

Students’ presentation:

Fligstein, Neil, Orestes P. Hastings, and Adam Goldstein. 2017, “Keeping up with the Joneses: How Households Fared in the Era of High Income Inequality and the Housing Price Bubble, 1999–2007.” Socius 3: 1-15. DOI: 10.1177/2378023117722330.

Material for lecture:

MacKenzie, Donald. 2011. “The Credit Crisis as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge”, American Journal of Sociology 116(6): 1778-1841.


12. 1. December 2017.  Regulation: financial lobbies and the state

Students’ presentation:

Kalaitzake, Manolis. 2017. “The Political Power of Finance: The Institute of International Finance in the Greek Debt Crisis.” Politics & Society 45(3) 389-413, DOI: 0032329217707969.

Material for lecture:

Woll, Cornelia. 2014. The Power of Inaction. Bank Bailouts in Comparison, Duke University Press.

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