ANDREA BINDER, PHD

Hello! I am a Freigeist Fellow and Research Group Leader at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin. My research focuses on global finance and humanitarian politics.

 

I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where I was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the Department of Politics and International Studies. My dissertation won the Körber Foundation's German Dissertation award 2020. I received my M.A. in political science, economics and rhetoric from the University of Tübingen.

 

I was a visiting scholar at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) in Mexico and the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. I am a member of the Politics of Money DFG network as well as a non-resident fellow and member of the executive committee at the Global Public Policy Institute, an independent think tank based in Berlin.

You can download my CV here.

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FREIGEIST RESEARCH GROUP

The international political economy is not what it seems - global monetary relations in the age of Eurodollar futures 

This research group analyses how the Eurodollar system shapes the international distribution of power. A Eurodollar is a US dollar created through the issuance of credit outside the United States by non-resident banks. It looks like a US dollar on paper, but there are two fundamental differences: the Eurodollar is a liability of private banks and it is outside United States' regulation. To make these differences tangible, investment bankers distinguish between green dollar - printed by the Fed - and red dollar - created by foreign banks. The Eurodollar markets are difficult to trace statistically because there is no record of where, and by which bank a dollar has been created. The project attempts to make the Eurodollar visible by combining a sociological understanding of money with a historically informed analysis of the international political economy of the Eurodollar system and its geopolitical consequences. The project has vital policy implications: a privately organised monetary system that can create the world's reserve currency poses questions about democratic control, inequality, and financial stability in a geopolitically fragile world.

In the coming months I will start hiring research group members on research assistant, PhD and Postdoc levels. Get in touch if you feel your research interests fall within the research group's topic and interdisciplinary approach.

The research group is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung's Freigeist Fellowship initiative.

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PUBLICATIONS

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

All exclusive: the politics of offshore finance in Mexico, Review of International Political Economy, 26(2), 2019, pp. 313-336,

DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2019.1567571 (open access).

 

The metrics and ethics of protecting civilians (with Urban Reichhold), in: Global Responsibility to Protect 6(2), 2014, pp. 206-226,

https://doi.org/10.1163/1875984X-00602007


The Shape and Sustainability of Turkey’s Booming Humanitarian Assistance, in: International Development Policy 6(1), 2014,

https://doi.org/10.4000/poldev.1741 (open access).


Opportunity knocks: why non-Western donors enter humanitarianism and how to make the best of it (with Claudia Meier), in: International Review of the Red Cross, 93(884), 2011, pp. 1135-1149, https://doi.org/10.1017/S1816383112000409

WORK IN PROGRESS

Intentionally invisible? The relationship between offshore finance and state power, book manuscript (under review).


The denationalisation of the US dollar: offshore money creation and international monetary power, manuscript (under
review).


Whose claims? The borrower as agent in offshore dollar markets, draft book chapter.


Offshore finance and the politics of international tax co-operation. The case of Germany, conference paper.

EDITED BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS (SELECTION)

Evaluierung außenpolitischer Maßnahmen in fragilen Kontexten: Erfahrungen und Empfehlungen
(with Philipp Rotmann), in: Markus Scharper (Ed.): Loccumer Reflexionen zur Krisenprävention, Rehrburg-Loccum, 2016, S. 561-597.


Alte und neue staatliche Geber: Auf dem Weg zu einem universellen humanitären System? (with Alexander Gaus and Claudia Meier), in: Jürgen Lieser and Dennis Dijkzeul (Eds.): Handbuch der deutschen humanitären Hilfe, Springer, 2013.


Uniting on Food Assistance: The Case for Transatlantic Cooperation (book edited with Christopher B. Barrett and Julia Steets), Routledge, 2012.


Introduction: Uniting on food assistance (with Christopher B. Barrett and Julia Steets) in: Christopher B. Barrett, Andrea Binder and Julia Steets (Eds.), Uniting on Food Assistance: The Case for Transatlantic Cooperation,

Routledge, 2012.


Gathering and analyzing information for food assistance, in: Christopher B. Barrett, Andrea Binder and Julia Steets (Eds.), Uniting on Food Assistance: The Case for Transatlantic Cooperation, Routledge, 2012.


Moving food assistance forward (with Christopher B. Barrett, Alexander Gaus, Erin C. Lentz, et al.) in: Christopher B. Barrett, Andrea Binder and Julia Steets (Eds.), Uniting on Food Assistance: The Case for Transatlantic Cooperation, Routledge, 2012.

BOOK REVIEWS AND POLICY PAPERS (SELECTION)

Book review: Gabriel Zucman, The Hidden wealth of nations: the scourge of tax havens, in: Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29(3), 2016, S. 1186-1205.


Drivers and Inhibitors of Change in the Humanitarian System. A Political Economy Analysis, GPPi Report (with Julia Steets, András Derzsi-Hórvath, Susanna Krüger and Lotte Ruppert), Berlin, 2016 (commissioned by the UK Department for International Development).


Reflections on the Inequities in Humantiarian Assistance, GPPi Discussion Paper (with Kai Koddenbrock and András Derzsi-Hórvath), Berlin, 2013 (commissioned by the German Foreign Office).


Humanitarian Assistance: Truly Universal? A mapping study of non-Western Donors, GPPi Research Paper No. 12 (with Claudia Meier and Julia Steets), 2010.


China’s Potential Role in Humanitarian Assistance, GPPi Policy Paper No. 5 (with Björn Conrad), Berlin, 2009.
Business Engagement in Humanitarian Relief: Key trends and Policy Implications (with Jan Martin Witte), HPG Background Paper, ODI, London, 2007.

 

TEACHING

FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN

  • Banks and banking in global politics

  • Offshore money & international power

  • International political economy of offshore finance

HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVER-NANCE

  • The international political economy of offshore finance

UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN

  • Introduction to international relations

 

MEDIA & PUBLIC SPEAKING

JUNGE FORSCHERINNEN AUSGEBREMST

06. May 2021

Fast unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit haben sich in der Pandemie die Arbeitsbedingungen für junge Forschende erschwert. Das trifft den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs besonders hart, der angesichts befristeter Stellen und mit Blick auf das akademische Alter weiterpublizieren muss, als gäbe es keine Pandemie. Hinzu kommt die Kinderbetreuung im Homeoffice, die nach aktuellen Studien vor allem Frauen den Weg zur Professur erschwert. Was muss passieren, damit die Wissenschaft hochqualifizierte Jungforscherinnen nicht dauerhaft verliert? Darüber diskutieren Sabine Kunst, Präsidentin der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Andrea Binder, Politikwissenschaftlerin und Studienpreisträgerin, Annette Barkhaus vom Wissenschaftsrat und Gisela Kopp, Max-Planck-Institut für Verhaltensbiologie und Junge Akademie.

TAX HAVENS, OFFSHORE FINANCE AND INTERNATIONAL INEQUALITY

12. December 2020

In this episode, Alice speaks with Dr. Andrea Binder, who is a Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute, and an expert in offshore finance. They talk about the relationship between tax planning and banking, the role of the state, who or what actually IS the state, and how all this interlinks with elites, and ultimately, international inequality.

OFFSHORE GELDSCHÖPFUNG UND GLOBALE FINANZSTABILITÄT

IN THE NEWS

19. November 2020

Andrea Binder ist Expertin für Offshore Finanzen und humanitäre Politik. In ihrer kürzlich ausgezeichneten Dissertation hat sie sich damit beschäftigt, wie Geldschöpfung praktisch funktioniert und was es bedeutet, wenn diese außerhalb staatlicher Grenzen stattfindet. Doch wie funktioniert dieses System überhaupt? Was heißt es für unsere Gesellschaft, wenn Banken in den Cayman Islands oder Singapur plötzlich Dollar kreieren? Und welche Rolle spielt das in unserem globalen Finanzsystem? Darüber möchten wir gerne mit Ihnen und unserem Finanzmarkt-Referenten Michael Peters diskutieren. Das Web-Seminar findet in Kooperation mit der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung statt.

Die Zeit - Position

Die Uni ist eine Risikozone mit Ilyas Saliba, 21.10.2021

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Forum

Die Macht des Dollars, 25.01.2021

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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Nahaufnahme

Das Billionen-System von Bastian Brinkmann, 16.8.2020

taz - die tageszeitung

Wo das viele Geld herkommt von Hannes Koch, 7.12.2020

Schwäbische Zeitung

Wo das Geld herkommt von Hannes Koch, 11.12.2020

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