At a time when Anglo-Saxon economies clearly appear as a driving force behind the globalization process, it seemed worth attempting to analyze the characteristics of this dynamic. This is what CERVEPAS has been working on since its creation in 1991. Since then it has remained the only French research centre entirely devoted to the study of economic life in the English-speaking world. Adopting a pluridisciplinary approach, the centre has based its research on the idea that economic life cannot be understood but in close correlation with social, political and cultural life.
CERVEPAS brings together 20 academic members and 12 PhD students. Research meetings and workshops are organized every month. In parallel with discussions dedicated to a specific research project carried out over a two- or three-year period, other meetings are devoted to topics in relation with current events or to presentations made by CERVEPAS members or guest speakers. CERVEPAS thus functions both as a research centre specialised in the study of contemporary economic developments in the English-speaking world and as a place for exchange of ideas and perspectives on these developments. In doing so, it takes into account the history and cultures of the countries it studies, as well as their interactions with other cultural areas. CERVEPAS has been part of CREW, the Centre for Research on the English-Speaking World, since CREW’s creation in 2009.
A research centre specialized in the study of contemporary economic developments in the English-speaking world
A part of CERVEPAS research is devoted to the study of economic policy in major Anglosphere economies. Noteworthy publications on the subject, whether in French or in English, are presented and discussed during meetings. Before each major British or U.S. election a conference is organised to discuss economic policies implemented by the incumbent government. Thus a conference on economy and society in the United States during the G.W. Bush presidency was organised in October 2008. A workshop on economy and society in Britain during the Brown years was organised in April 2010.
A place for research on the drivers of economic dynamism in the English-speaking world
Several of the books published by CERVEPAS have focused on the drivers and agents of economic dynamism in the English-speaking world. They have also emphasised the part played by the Anglosphere in Western economic development since the XVIIIth century. In devoting particular attention to the impetus which the United States and Britain have given to large-scale deregulation and globalisation in the past few decades, CERVEPAS has showed that emphasis on Anglo-Saxon dominance on the world economy should not obscure the constraints and vulnerability which interdependence creates.
The new cycle of growth ushered in by the advent of the knowledge economy in the 1990s has also led CERVEPAS to study the role and prevalence of entrepreneurship and innovation in the English-speaking world. In doing so, stress has been placed on the impact of entrepreneurship and innovation on growth and job creation, but also on their embeddedness in context and culture. Identifying economic, institutional or cultural variables fostering or impeding innovation is therefore crucial to define and compare economic systems and developing models, as the September 2010 conference on entrepreneurial societiesillustrated.
In light of the economic transformations and turmoil which have characterised the first decade of the XXIst century these analyses are been carried forward and reassessed in the past few years. Under the circumstances, Britain’s ‘special’ relationship with the United States needs to be re-examined. So does the United States’ relationship with its neighbours in the Americas. The CERVEPAS research project on the Anglo-Saxon model of capitalism, which was launched in 2007, has thus been fueled by the crisis which erupted in the same year, leading to the organisation of a conference on the financial crisis in the English-speaking world in September 2009. Three workshops on the Anglo-Saxon model of capitalism have been organized since 2011.
A place for exchanging ideas and perspectives
Far from seeing the English-speaking world as closed, CERVEPAS takes the view that it cannot fully be understood without reference to and comparison with other worlds. In today’s global economy, research on the economies of the English-speaking world must interact with research on other cultural areas. Over the years, CERVEPAS has developed fruitful collaboration with Sorbonne Nouvelle partners like CREC (centre de recherche en civilisation britannique), CRAN (Centre de recherches sur l’Amérique du Nord) or CREDA (Centre de recherche, d’étude et de documentation sur l’Amérique latine). Since 2001 this cooperation has materialised in the Institute for the Americas project, leading to several jointly-organised conferences and jointly-edited books. Co-operation has also been developed with foreign research institutions like CERIUM (Centre d’étude des relations internationales de l’Université de Montréal), the Skene Centre for Entrepreneurship at Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, U.K.), the Centre of Asian Studies at Hong Kong University or the Graduate Center of CUNY (City University of New York).