Dorothea Todd

Room 115, Lilybank House


Research title: The Freiburg School and the Making of the Euro

Research Summary

My thesis explores the influence of ordoliberalism on European economic cooperation and integration. Ordoliberalism, it is often claimed in academic and public discourse, has thoroughly shaped European monetary and economic policies. In my PhD, I question this claimed predominance of ordoliberalism. To assess such claims in the context of discussions about the formation of an Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), I focus on the debates within the short- and mid-term economic policy committees, founded in 1960 and 1964, respectively. These committees, having not yet been studied in-depth, were platforms where competing economic theories were discussed by the member states of the European Economic Community (EEC) and the Commission.

Based on archival material, mainly from the European Commission and the German national archives, I analyse the formation of and debate within the two committees. Being created following a German and a French initiative, they arguably represent the conflicting ideas of the two most influential members of the early EEC and therefore offer interesting case studies of the contested influence of ordoliberalism on the early debates of European economic integration.


EURECON PhD Scholarship in International Economic History, funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 716849)

Francesca Carnevali Travel Grant 2019


Third Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration, European University Institute, Florence, 9-10. September 2019

Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop in Business History, Sheffield Hallam University, 4th July 2019

Additional Information

I am pursuing a PhD in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow after finishing my master’s degree in History from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich in 2017. My research interests include recent and modern European history as well as international history. For my bachelor’s degree, I studied History and Political Science at Ludwig Maximilians University, and at the University of Edinburgh. During my studies, I took several internships, including one at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union in Brussels within its Department of the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance, Regional Development and Home, and one at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC.