Niehaus Center Co-Sponsors Workshop on the Politics and Regulation of Investment Screening Mechanisms

Sept. 20, 2022

The workshop The Politics and Regulation of Investment Screening Mechanisms, organized by Sarah Bauerle Danzman and Sophie Meunier, will take place at Princeton University on October 7, 2022. Thanks to the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG), the EU Program at Princeton (EUPP) and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) for funding.

Attendance is by registration only. Contact smeunier@princeton.edu by September 30 if you want to attend the workshop.

At least since the end of the Cold War, most countries, wealthy or not, have been eager to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), widely seen as growth promoting and less likely to generate volatility than short-term capital flows. Many advanced industrialized economies, however, have recently implemented or expanded Investment Screening Mechanisms (ISMs), which empower governments to restrict foreign mergers and acquisitions, especially in strategic sectors.  The expansion of investment screening challenges accepted wisdom about the role of state authority in the global economy, the ways in which governments compete with each other for mobile capital, and the influence of electoral politics in shaping orientations toward the global market. Yet, though part of a growing trend towards the securitization and geopoliticization of economic policy, ISMs are an understudied phenomenon, both in the International Political Economy and International Security literatures. We know little about the politics of their design features, nor about the costs they impose on the various actors involved. 

This workshop takes stock of how scholars from a variety of disciplines are analyzing the causes, features, and implications of the expansion and tightening of ISMs worldwide.

Please follow the link here for the conference's full schedule.