Pierre Pénet holds a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University and SciencesPo Paris. Now a postdoctoral fellow at University of Geneva, Pénet coordinates with Juan Flores the project “Sovereign debt diplomacies” funded by the Swiss National Foundation. Pénet’s expertise straddles the boundaries of ‘law and globalization’ and ‘history of quantification’ scholarships. He has published widely on topics of credit rating agencies, the European sovereign debt crisis and austerity programs. His British Journal of Sociology article “The IMF failure that wasn’t: tournaments of conditionality and strategic ignorance during the European debt crisis” was awarded the 2018 “Young Talent Award” by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences. His book Sovereign debt diplomacies: Rethinking sovereign debt from colonial empires to hegemony (with Juan Flores) is forthcoming in 2019. He is currently working on a book manuscript on financial prophecies and on turning his dissertation on credit ratings into a book.
Thèmes de recherche
International governance and regulation
Sociology of organizations
Law and society
Pénet, P. 2016. "The IMF failure that wasn’t: tournaments of conditionality and strategic ignorance during the european debt crisis", Working Papers of the Paul Bairoch Institute of Economic History; 5/2016, 33 pages.[.pdf]
Pénet, P. and Mallard, G. 2014. “From Risk Models to Loan Contracts: Austerity as the Continuation of Calculation by Other Means.” Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, 7, 4-47.
Pénet, P. and Lee, K. 2014. “Prize & Price: The Turner Prize as a Valuation Device in the Contemporary Art Market.” Poetics, 43, 149-171.