Benjamin Braun is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He holds degrees in political science and economics from the University of Munich and completed his PhD at the University of Warwick and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. For his work on the European Central Bank he received the Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for Best Dissertation in Government and Public Administration, awarded by the Political Studies Association in the UK (for a summary, in German, see here).
Benjamin’s work has appeared in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Economy and Society, New Political Economy, and Review of International Political Economy. He is the author of a recent report on the transparency and accountability of the European Central Bank, published by Transparency International.
Benjamin’s recent research has focused on the state-finance nexus, notably on the links between central banking and the infrastructural power of finance and between macroeconomic policy and the European ‘Capital Markets Union’. In October 2017, he has embarked on a new long-term research project on the political economy of ‘asset manager capitalism’ – an institutional configuration in which corporate ownership and control are increasingly concentrated among a small number of investment firms.