Dr Florian Schui

Research interests

Florian Schui's research interests include the history of political and economic thought and economic history in Europe and beyond since the 18th century. In a range of publications he has explored the interdependence between shifting political and economic ideas and economic change.

Currently, Florian Schui is working on a research project called 'The use of historical evidence in public debates about fiscal crises since 1750'. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and has resulted in the publication of the monograph 'Austerity: the great failure'. The book examines the current controversy about austerity policies in the context of historical debates about abstinence over the last 2,500 years. As a part of the research project Florian Schui also writes a blog about the use of historical evidence in debates about today's crisis. The blog can be found here: www.historyandeconomics.blogspot.com  

This project follows on from Dr Schui's previous work on the history of taxation. He initiated the research project 'International exchanges of ideas about taxation since 1750' at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Centre for History and Economics in Cambridge, which examined the evolution of fiscal systems from a comparative and connective perspective. The edited volume 'Global debates about taxation' was published in 2007.

Florian Schui also continues to work on the history of 18th century Europe. His book 'Rebellious Prussians: urban political culture under Frederick the Great and his successors' was published in 2013. Details can be found here and here

Florian Schui has been a Research Fellow of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) at the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway; a Research Associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), Cambridge and a Junior Research Fellow at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. During his studies he was a Fulbright Scholar in economics at the New School for Social Research, New York City, and held a scholarship from Hans Böckler-Stiftung for his doctoral studies at Cambridge.

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