Brigitte Young (born 26 May 1946 in Groß Sankt Florian, Austria), is Professor Emeritus of International political economy at the Institute of Political Science, University of Münster, Germany . Her research areas include economic globalization, global governance, feminist economics, international trade, global financial market governance and monetary policy. She has worked on EU-US financial regulatory frameworks, European economic and monetary integration and heterodox economic theories. She is the author of many journal articles and books in English and German on the Global financial crisis of 2008–2009, the US Subprime mortgage crisis, the European sovereign-debt crisis, and the role of Germany and France in resolving the Euro crisis.
Brigitte Young studied from 1978 to 1982 at the University of California, Santa Barbara and University of California, Davis, and from 1984 to 1990 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After obtaining a PhD in International political economy she became a Professor at Wesleyan University (1991-1997). Between 1994 and 1995, Brigitte Young was also a Research Fellow in "German and European Studies" at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 1997 to 1999 she taught at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin. There she obtained her Habilitation under Elmar Altvater on the topic of "Globalisation and the gender regime." In 1999 she became Professor of International political economy at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Münster. From 2011 she is Professor Emeritus of International political economy at the Institute of Political Science, University of Münster, Germany .
She has held guest professorships at Science Politique in Paris (2008/2009), Science-Politique in Lille (Fall 2010), Warwick University, UK (2011) and Central European University, Budapest (Spring 2012).
3. Membership in Boards, Panels and Committees
Young has worked extensively as an official expert and scientific advisor to state institutions and committees, such as the German parliament, and the European Commission. In 2000 she was appointed as an expert for a period of two years for the Enquete commission of the German parliament on "Globalization and the World Economy - Challenges and Answers" (Globalisierung der Weltwirtschaft - Herausforderungen und Antworten). Additionally she has been a member of the large EU-Network of Excellence, “Global Governance, Regionalisation, and Regulation: The Role of the EU” (GARNET) with 47 European universities and think tanks, as well as member of the Management Board (2005-2010). In 2007 Young was a member on the First Warwick Commission on “The Multilateral Trade Regime” (2007) which had the mandate to come up with recommendations for the World Trade Organization to conclude the Doha Development Round. In November 2011 Young was nominated by the Minister of European Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany , and the University of Düsseldorf to advise the state government on the regional impact of the Euro crisis, and to work on possible recommendations to avoid an economic downturn. In addition she has worked for the European Commission in several projects as independent expert and consultant on issues related to innovative research on the Financial crisis of 2007–08 and policy responses. From 2010 to 2014 she was also a German delegate to the EU-COST project on "Systemic Risks, Financial Crises and Credit". Young is also a scientific advisor to the EU-funded multidisciplinary research group FESSUD (Financialization, Economy, Society, and Sustainable Development) since 2011.
Brigitte Young is on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Policy Reform, the Internationalist Feminist Journal of Politics, Global Governance. A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, and on the editorial review board of the book series Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality. Moreover, she is a member of the scientific board of Attac.
- Selected books
- 2014, Financial Cultures and Crisis Dynamics, (edited with Bob Jessop und Christoph Scherrer), London/New York: Routledge, ISBN:978-1138776043.
- 2014, Financial Crisis: Causes, Policy responses, future Challenges. Outcomes of EU-funded research, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation. ISBN:978-92-79-36337-5.
- 2011, Questioning Financial Governance from a Feminist Perspective, (edited with Isabella Bakker and Diane Elson), London/New York: Routledge, ISBN:978-0415676700.
- 2010, Gender Knowledge and Knowledge Networks in International Political Economy (with Christoph Scherrer), Baden-Baden: Nomos, ISBN:978-3-8329-5238-9.
- 2007, The Political Economy of Trade in Services (GATS). Gender in EU and China. Baden-Baden: Nomos (In German: Die Politische Ökonomie des Dienstleistungsabkommens (GATS). Gender in EU und China), ISBN:978-3832926007.
- 2002, Global Governance. Gewerkschaften und NGOs – Akteure für Gerechtigkeit und Solidarität (Global Governance. Labor Unions and NGOs – Actors for Justice and Solidarity) (with Christopher Flavin, Christoph Scherrer and Klaus Zwickel), Hamburg: VSA, ISBN:978-3879758463.
- 2001, Gender, Globalization and Democratization (edited with Rita Mae Kelly, Jane H. Bayes and Mary Hawkesworth), Lanham/MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publ.
- 1999, Triumph of the Fatherland: German Unification and the Marginalization of Women, Ann Arbor/MI: The University of Michigan Press, ISBN:978-0472109487.
- 1983, Prospects for Soviet Grain Production, Boulder/CO: Westview Press, ISBN:978-0865319875.
- Selected articles in books and journals
- 2014: TTIP: The invisible Genderproblematique, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin August 2014.
- 2014: Financial Stability as Imaginaries across Phases of Capitalism, Bob Jessop, Brigitte Young, Christoph Scherrer (eds), Financial Cultures and Crisis Dynamics, London/New York: Routledge, 145-161.
- 2014: The Power of German Ordoliberalism in the Eurozone Crisis Management, Daniel Daianu, Giorgio Basevi, Carlo D’Adda and Rajeesh Kumar (eds.), Eurozone Crisis and the Future of Europe, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 126-137.
- 2014: German Ordoliberalism as Agenda Setter for the Euro Crisis: Myth Trumps Reality, in: Journal of Comparative European Studies, Vol. 22:3: 276-287.
- 2013: Global Financial Regulation and Consumer Protection (with Dorothea Schäfer), in: Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, German Institute for Economics (DIW), eds. D. Schäfer, W. Semmler, B. Young, Sustainable European Politics of Consolidation- Chances and Challenges, 82:4:2013: 45-56.
- 2013: Introduction: From the Dominance of the Financial Sector to a Sustainable European Politics of Consolidation (authors: D. Schäfer, W. Semmler, B. Young), in: Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, German Institute for Economics (DIW), ed. D. Schäfer, W. Semmler, B. Young, Sustainable European Politics of Consolidation- Chances and Challenges, 82:4:2013: 5-13.
- 2013: Reflections on Werner Bonefeld’s ‘Freedom and the Strong State: On German Ordoliberalism’ and the Continuing Importance of the Ideas of Ordoliberalism to Understand Germany’s (Contested) Role in Resolving the Euro Zone Crisis, (Volker Berghahn/Brigitte Young) In: New Political Economy, Vol. 18:5: 768-778.
- 2013: Financialization, Neoliberalism and the German Ordoliberalism in the EU-Crisis Management, in: Marcel Heires/Andreas Nölke, Politische Ökonomie der Finanzialisierung (The Political Economy of Financialization), Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 63-77.
- 2013: Ordoliberalism - Neoliberalism - Laissez-Faire-Liberalism, in: Joscha Wullweber, Antonia Graf, Maria Behrens (eds.), Theorien der Internationalen Politischen Ökonomie (Theories of International Political Economy). Wiesbaden: SpringerVS, 33-48.
- 2013: Between Expectations and Reality: A Critical Assessment of the G20 Financial Market and Economic Reforms, Special Issue: Hans-Jürgen Bieling, Tobias Haas, Julia Lux (Hrsg), The International Political Economy after the World Financial Crisis, In: Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, Vol. 6, Suppl. 1: 161-178 (in German).
- 2013: The Exclusion of Feminist Positions in the Euro Crisis-Regulation and its Impacts: A Feminist-Economic Explanation, in: M. Jansen, A. Röming, M. Rohde (eds.), Men Women Future. A Genderguide. A Special Edition for the Central Office for Political Education. München: Olzog Verlag, p. 189-208.
- 2013: Gender, debt, and the housing/financial crisis, Figart, Deborah M. and Tonia L. Warnecke, (eds.) Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 378-390.
- 2013: Structural Power and the Gender-Biases of the Technocratic Network Governance in Finance, in: Gülay Caglar, Elisabeth Prügl, Susanne Zwingel (eds.), Feminist Strategies in International Governance, New York/London: Routledge, pp. 267–282.
- 2013: Macroeconomic Links between Finance – Trade – Gender, in: Gabriele Wilde/Stefanie Friederich (eds.,) Disciplinary Focus, Gender and Gender Relations in Scientific Analysis, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 90-106 (in German).
- 2012: Global Financial Markets: Fairness and Justice, in: Klaus Kraemer, Sebastian Nessel (ed.). Entfesselte Finanzmärkte. Soziologische Analysen des Modernen Kapitalismus. Frankfurt: Campus, 387-402 (in German).
- 2012: Two Separate Worlds? Financial Economics and Gender Studies, in: Ingrid Kurz-Scherf/ Alexandra Scheele (in German: Zwei getrennte Welten? Finanzökonomie und Geschlechterforschung), Power or Economic Law? The Relationship between Crisis and Gender, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot,36-51.
- 2011: The European Sovereign Debt Crisis. Is Germany to Blame? In: German Politics and Society, Issue 98, Vol. 29:1 (Spring 2011), 1-24 (with Willi Semmler).
- 2011: The Role of Gender in Governance of the Financial Sector (with Helene Schuberth), in Brigitte Young, Isabella Bakker, and Diane Elson (eds): Questioning Financial Governance From a Feminist Perspective, London/New York: Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics 2011: 132-154.
- 2011: "Neoliberalism." International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Ed. Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2011. 1677-80.
- 2011: Privatized Keynesianism, the financialization of daily-life and the debt trap (Der privatisierte Keynesianismus, die Finanzialisierung des alltäglichen Lebens und die Schuldenfalle, in: Oliver Kessler (Hrsg) Die Politische Ökonomie der Weltfinanzkrise, (The Political Economy of the World Financial Crisis) Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag. 2011: 15-36.
- 2010: Introduction: Gender Knowledge and Knowledge Networks in International Political Econony in: Brigitte Young/Christoph Scherrer (eds.)., Gender Knowledge and Knowledge Networks in International Economy, Baden-Baden: Nomos (mit Christoph Scherrer), pp. 9–17.
- 2010: From Microcredit to Microfinance to Inclusive Finance: A Response to Global Financial Openness, in: Geoffrey R.D. Underhill, Jasper Blom, Daniel Muegge (eds.), Global Financial Integration Thirty Years On, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 256-269.
- 2010: Lost in Temptation of Risk: Financial Market Liberalization, Financial Melt-Down and Policy Reactions (with Willi Semmler) 2010 in: Comparative European Politics, Vol. 8:3: 327-353.
- 2010: The Global Financial Meltdown and the Impact of Financial Governance on Gender (with Helene Schuberth), 2010: GARNET Policy Brief, Paris: Science Politique, 1-12
- Selected articles in popular press
- Es gibt keinen Widerspruch zwischen dem Markt und einem sozialen Europa, Gegen Blende, 18. September 2012.
- The truth about the eurozone crisis, Public Service Europe, 20 September 2011
- What does Shareholder-Value Mean? In: Die Tageszeitung, March 8, 2004, pg. 16.
- Perspectives for Women after Cancun. In: Zweiwochendienst. Frauen and Politik. No. 201/2003: 14-15.
- Globalization – What To Do About It? (Globalisierung – Was Tun?, in: AEP Information, Feministische Zeitschrift für Politik und Gesellschaft, 4/2002: 7 – 9.
- Women as Economic Factor. Growth is female! In: Wirtschaftsspiegel, September 1, 2002: 12-14.
- Economic Potential Women. Growth is female. In: Wirtschaftsreport Siegen, 12/2002: 2-6.