SWFsEUROPE

About SWFsEUROPE

The number and size of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) has grown substantially in the last decade, leading to an unsettled debate regarding their legitimacy in the global political economy, particularly as many originate from the Global South and from illiberal political economies (e.g. China).

Some suggest they represent the (re)emergence of state-led capitalism subject to geopolitical motivations that threaten free markets. For others, SWFs represent a source of long-term patient capital capable of mitigating market short-termism. Either way, SWFs challenge the norm, particularly in the Global North, that financial markets are spaces of exchange for non-state actors. By analyzing the behavior of SWFs, their interaction with different stakeholders at home and abroad, and how they are legitimized as financial actors in the global political economy, SWFsEUROPE will provide new critical insights into the contemporary relationship between the state and the market.

Recent news

Geopolitics and the ‘New’ State Capitalism

Geopolitics and the ‘New’ State Capitalism

Ilias Alami, Adam Dixon, Milan Babic, and colleagues have published an Article Forum entitled “Geopolitics and the ‘New’ State Capitalism” in Geopolitics. The Forum reflects upon what it means, theoretically, methodologically, and politically, to articulate a...

Webinar on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

Webinar on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

Imogen T. Liu was invited to speak about the role of Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as part of the panel, 'Unpacking the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment'. The online event was held on the 23rd June and hosted by the Centre for Research on...

New podcast on Uneven and Combined (State) Capitalism

New podcast on Uneven and Combined (State) Capitalism

Ilias Alami and Adam Dixon spoke with Nick Jepson about their recent talk at the Global Development Institute. The talk contributes to the development of state capitalism as a reflexively critical project focusing on the morphology of present-day capitalism, and...

A new Washington Consensus on the role of the state?

A new Washington Consensus on the role of the state?

Ilias Alami and Adam Dixon, along with Emma Mawdsley of Cambridge University, have published a blog post with the Developing Economics State Capitalism blog series, discussing their recent paper with Antipode. The post engages with a recent editorial in the Financial...

Interview on Doing FAIR Open Science Research

Interview on Doing FAIR Open Science Research

Imogen T. Liu was interviewed by Maastricht University on the process of implementing the FAIR open science principles for her PhD research. She details the challenges for qualitative researchers in making data FAIR, such as when working with elite interviewees and...

Ilias Alami interviewed for Poliko podcast

Ilias Alami interviewed for Poliko podcast

Ilias Alami was interviewed by David Karas for the podcast series Poliko on the topic of 'Marxist state theory for de-orientalizing state capitalism'. In the podcast Ilias argues that we should reject a Western liberal Orientalizing discourse, which locates state...

Guest lecture @ Global Development Institute Manchester

Guest lecture @ Global Development Institute Manchester

Ilias Alami and Adam Dixon gave a lecture on Uneven and Combined (State) Capitalism at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester on 3 March 2021. The lecture presented work that contributes to the development of state capitalism as a reflexively...

Funders and partners

SWFsEUROPE is a five-year research project titled Legitimacy, Financialization, and Varieties of Capitalism: Understanding Sovereign Wealth Funds in Europe. The project is hosted at Maastricht University and a recipient of funding from the European Research Council.