team seminar

Calendar of the research team meetings/workshops


(40) 06.2016 – OECD PhD meeting at UZH

(39) 03.2016 – OECD PhD meeting at UZH


(38) 09-12.2015 – OECD seminar (master level) at UZH

(37) 19-20 October 2015 – Team meeting Zürich

(36) 27-29.08.2015 – OECD Conference

(35) 21-22.05.2015 – Team meeting (Geneva)

(34) 20-21.04.2015 – Team meeting

(33) 05-06.03.2015 – Team meeting (Geneva)

(32) 09-10.02.2015 – Regula Bürgi (U of Luxemburg) on education policies at the OECD


(31) 02-03.12.2014 – Ongoing discussion of PhD projects (Geneva)

(30) 29.09-30.09.2014 – Ongoing discussion of PhD projects (Paris)

(29) 07.09.2013 – ENIUGH Paris double panel on OEEC/OECD

  • for the conference papers, see here

(28) 23-24.06.2014 – Ongoing discussion of PhD projects (Geneva)

(27) 07-08.05.2014 – Ongoing discussion of PhD projects (Geneva)

  • Discussion of ongoing PhD projects, with Prof. Sandrine Kott (UNIGE) and Prof. Bruno Strasser (UNIGE)

(26) 21.03.2014 – The OECD during the 1970s, workshop at Sciences Po Paris

  • Noël Bonhomme (Sciences Po): Challenge, partnership or subordination? The OECD and the rise of the Group of Seven , mid-1970s – mid 1980s
  • Henning Türk (Universität Duisburg-Essen): The oil crisis of 1973 and multilateral cooperation in the field of energy policy of the Western industrial countries – From the OECD to the IEA
  • Samuel Beroud, Matthieu Leimgruber (University of Geneva): A pilot fish ahead of the sharks? The changing fortunes of the OECD during the «long 1970s

(25) 11.02.2014 – Julie Rausis (UNIGE) on Switzerland and the OEEC/OECD, 1958-1961

  • Morning session: discussion of Julie Rausis’ MA thesis, «Intégrer le nouvel ordre économique international. La Suisse face à la réforme de l’Organisation européenne de coopération économique (OECE), 1958-1961»
  • Afternoon session: brainstorming on ongoing projects and works in progress

(24) 10.02.2014 – The OECD in its ecosystem (team brainstorming)

  • Morning session: Team brainstorming on the OECD collaboration/competition with other international organizations
  • Afternoon session Samuel Beroud, Matthieu Leimgruber «A pilot fish swimming in front of the sharks? The changing fortunes of the OECD during the “long 1970s” (working paper)

(23) 05.12.2013 – Samuel Beroud + Ludovic Fulleringer – ongoing PhD projects

UNIMAIL, University of Geneva, 16:30, room 4279

  • Ludovic Fulleringer, «Science is business. Science, technologie et innovation à l’OECE/OCDE, 1958-1987» (projet de thèse)
  • Samuel Beroud, «Garder le cap en temps de crise: l’OCDE et la gouvernance économique internationale, 1971-1979» (projet de thèse)


(22) 06.11.2013 – Thomas Hajduk (St. Gallen) on the OECD and multinational corporations


  • Hajduk, T., “A code to bind them all. The multinational dilemma and the endeavour for an international code of conduct”, in Brändli, S. et al. (ed): Multinationale Unternehmen und Institutionen im Wandel – Herausforderungen für Wirtschaft, Recht und Gesellschaft (St. Gallen, Universität St- Gallen, 2013)
  • Maurel, C. (2011), ‘OIT et responsabilité sociale des entreprises depuis 1970’, in I. Lespinet-Moret and V. Viet (eds.), L’Organisation Internationale du Travail. Origine, développement et avenir, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.
  • Petrini, Francesco. “Who’ll stop the runaway shop? The battle to regulate multinationals’ activities inside the EEC at the dawn of globalization.” In EUSA 12th Biennial International Conference. Boston, 2011.
  • Oliveiro, V. (2010), ‘The United States, multinational enterprises, and the politics of globalization’, in N. Ferguson, C. S. Maier, E. Manela and D. J. Sargent (eds.), The shock of the global: the 1970s in perspective, Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

(21) 01.10.2013 – Research meeting in Luzern with Daniel Speich

18h00 Conference by Matthieu Leimgruber and Matthias Schmelzer at the University of Luzern (Forschungskolloquium Soziologie)

(20) 30.09.2013 – Dominique Pestre (Paris) on the OECD and the environment


  • Kenneth Iain MacDonald, “The Devil is in the Biodiversity: Neoliberalism and the Restructuring of Biodiversity Conservation” (Dept. of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto)
  • biographical notices on Robert Marjolin (AH), Thorkil Kristensen (AH) and Emile van Lennep (ML)

(19) 18-21.06.2013 – First year research debriefing and brainstorming

(18) 21.05.2013 – A. Heiniger & M. Leimgruber on leading OECD civil servants

(17) 07.05.2013 – Iris Glaser (Bern) on the OEEC educational policies during the 1950s-1960s

(16) 23.04.2013 – L. Fulleringer on the OECD and R&D management policies

(15) 16.04.2013 – Readings on business communities and the European project after 1945


  • Apeldoorn, Bastiaan van. “Transnational class agency and European governance: The case of the European Round Table of Industrialists,” New Political Economy 5, no. 2 (2000): 157-81.
  • Rollings, Neil, & Mathias Kipping. “Networks of peak industrial federations. The Council of Directors of European Industrial Federations and the Council of European Industrial Federations,” in Réseaux économiques et construction européenne/Economic networks and European integration, ed. Michel Dumoulin, Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2004.
  • Schaufebuehl, Janick Marina. “The transatlantic busness community faced with conflicting interests between local and global stakes: the case of US direct investments in France, 1958-1968.” In paper presented at the European Business History Association. Paris, 2012

(14) 14.03.2013 – Daniel Speich & Patricia Hongler (Luzern) on the OEEC/OECD and development aid

(13) 26.02.2013 – Samuel Beroud on the OECD and energy policy, 1967-1980


  • Cohen, B. J., “When giants clash: the OECD Financial Support Fund and the IMF”, in Aggarwal, V. K. (ed): Institutional designs for a complex world : bargaining, linkages, and nesting (Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1998), pp. 161-194.
  • Spiro, D. E., The hidden hand of American hegemony : petrodollar recycling and international markets (Ithaca, N.Y. ; London, Cornell University Press, 1999).

(12) 12.02.2013 – S. Piguet on the development of the OECD research database

(11) 29.01.2013 – Raymond Torres (International Labour Research Institute, ILO)

  • Discussion on economic expertise at the OECD with a former OECD economist

(10) 14-15.01.2013 – Matthias Schmelzer on the OECD and growth


  • Schmelzer Matthias (2011), Limits to growth and basic needs. The OECD, the debate on ‘problems of modern society’ and shifting visions of development in the early 1970s,  paper presented at the conference «Shifting Visions of Development: International Organizations, Non-Governmental Actors, and the Rise of Global Governance, 1945-1990», Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, September 29-30, 2011.
  • Schmelzer Matthias (2012), «The crisis before the crisis: the ‘problems of modern society’ and the OECD, 1968-1974», European Review of History, 19: 6, (forthcoming).


(09) 11.12.2012 – Team brainstorming on current research

(08) 27.11.2012 – Technology and science policy at the OECD


  • Gemelli, Giuliana, & Girolamo Ramunni. “De la reconstruction à la globalisation. La collaboration entre la Fondation Ford et l’OECE-OCDE entre 1950 et 1970,” in Réseaux économiques et construction européenne/Economic networks and European integration, ed. Michel Dumoulin, Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2004. 73-99.
  • Fulleringer, Ludovic. “Libéralisme économique et technoscience. Une étude du rapport Brooks de l’OCDE.” Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2012.
  • Godin, Benoît. “Research and development: how the “D” got into R&D,” Science and Public Policy 33, no. 1 (2006): 59-76.
  • Pestre, Dominique. “Dix thèses sur les sciences, la recherche scientifique et le monde social, 1945-2010,” Le Mouvement social, no. octobre-décembre (2010): 3-19.

(07) 20.11.2012  – International economists and the OECD

Testimonies and memoirs

  • Leimgruber, Matthieu, «Emile van Lennep, 1915-1996, Secretary general of the OECD» [biographical notice for the IO BIO project]
  • Maddison, Angus. “Confessions of a chiffrephile,” Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, no. 189 (1994).
  • Marris, Stephen. “The role of economists in the OECD,” in Economists in international agencies: an exploratory study, ed. Alfred W. Coats, New York: Praeger, 1986. 98-124.
  • Marris, Stephen. “My history of my time at the OECD”, Record of two seminars given by Stephen Marris to the OECD Secretariat on 24th and 30th June, 1983.

Post 1945 economists on the international stage

  • Fourcade, Marion. “The construction of a global profession: the transnationalization of economics,” American Journal of Sociology 1, no. 2 (2006): 145-94.

(06) 30.10.2012 – Simon Godard (Geneva) on the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMAE/COMECON)


  • Godard, Simon. “Construire le Bloc de l’Est par l’économie? La délicate émergence d’une solidarité internationale socialiste au sein du Conseil d’aide économique mutuelle,” Vingtième Siècle, no. 1/109 (2011): 45-58.
  • Godard, Simon. “Nationalistic beauty-contest or area of transnational learning processes: professional practices and cultural dynamics in the permanent commissions and the international brigades of specialists in COMECON.” In paper presented at ENIUGH. London, 2011.
  • Godard, Simon. “Quand dire l’institution c’est fonder le sentiment communautaire : discours et outils de la représentation d’une identité transnationale au CAEM.” In Programme doctoral en histoire contemporaine, CUSO, Université de Lausanne, juin 2011, 2011.
  • Godard, Simon. “La construction de l’internationalisme dans les parcours biographiques: le CAEM et la production de l’espace communiste européen.” In Communismes et circulations transnationales. Acteurs, pratiques et institutions. Université de Paris 8, 14.06.2012, 2012.
  • Maier, Charles S. “Two sorts of “crisis”? The “long” 1970s in the West and in the East,” in Koordinaten deutscher Geschichte in der Epoche des Ost-West-Konflikts, ed. Hans Günter Hockerts, München: Oldenbourg, 2004. 49-62.

(05) 23-27.2012 – Team research at the OECD archives (Paris)

(04) 16.10.2012 – The OECD at work


  • Gayon, Vincent,  “Le crédit vacillant de l’expert. L’OCDE face au chômage dans les années 1990 et 2000,” Cultures et conflits 75, no. 3 (2009): 53-73.
  • Gayon, Vincent. , “Un atelier d’écriture internationale: l’OCDE au travail. Éléments de sociologie de la forme «rapport»,” Sociologie du travail 51, no. 3 (2009): 324–42.
  • Gayon, Vincent. “L’OCDE au travail. Contribution à une sociologie historique de la “coopération économique internationale” sur le chômage et l’emploi (1970-2010).” Université Paris Dauphine, 2010.
  • Gayon, Vincent, «The OECD and the “crisis” of Keynesianism: the McCracken Report, 1975-1980», paper presented at the ESSHC 2012 (Glasgow)

(03) 02.10.2012 – Prosopography and group biographies


Prosopography methods (AH)

  • Lemercier Claire & Picard Emmanuelle (2011), Quelle approche prosopographique?,  HAL-SHS, Paris, CNRS.
  • Lemercier/Zalc, Méthodes quantitatives, La Découverte

Group biographies of IO personnel

  • Georgakakis, Didier, & Marine de Lassalle. “Genèse et structure d’un capital institutionnel européen. Les très hauts fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne,” Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, no. 166-167 (2007): 38-53. (SB)
  • Geuijen, Karin, Paul ‘t Hart, Sebastiaan Princen, & Kutsal Yesilkagi. The new Eurocrats. National civil servants in EU policymaking, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008. (SP)
  • Marcussen, Martin, & Jarle Trondal. “The OECD civil servant: Caught between Scylla and Charybdis , Review of International Political Economy,”Review of International Political Economy 18, no. 5 (2011): 592-621. (LF)
  • Seidel, Katja. ““So ein Mix von Menschen”. Gruppenbiographische Studien zu Beamten in der EWG Kommission,” in From Common Market to European Union Building. 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaties 1957–2007, ed. Michael Gehler, Wien: Böhlau, 2009. 393–417. (ML)

(02) 18.09.2012 – From OEEC to OECD: the main milestones

Readings on the OEEC/OECD

  • Griffiths, Richard T. “‘‘An act of creative leadership’’: The end of the OEEC and the birth of the OECD,” in Explorations in OEEC History, ed. Richard T. Griffiths, Paris: OECD, 1997. 235-56. (SB)
  • Wolfe, Robert. “From Reconstructing Europe to Constructing Globalization: The OECD in Historical Perspective,” in The OECD and transnational governance, ed. Rianne Mahon & Stephen McBride, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2008. 26-42. (AH)
  • Woodward, Richard. The Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation, Global Institutions, London: Routledge, 2009. (Chapter  1) (ML)
  • Henderson, Michael. “The OECD as an Instrument of National Policy,” International Journal 36, no. 4 (1981): 793-814. (SP)
  • Mazower Mark (2011), «Reconstruction: The historiographical issues», in M. Mazower, J. Reinisch et al. (eds.), Post-war reconstruction in Europe. International perspectives, 1945-1949, 17-28, Oxford. (LF)

(01) 04-05.09.2012, first meeting of the research team