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Finance/Security practice after 9/11: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial

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Project "FOLLOW" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙999˙858 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙858 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙999˙858.00


 Project objective

The aim of FOLLOW is to understand and analyse the security practices that render financial transactions into security intelligence, into court evidence. The novel approach is to map the path of the suspicious financial transaction as a ‘chain of translation.’ I ask what gets lost and added in the process of translating financial records from banks to courts. I deliver fine-grained empirical analysis of four key elements – privacy challenges, knowledge practices, situated judgement, and effects – at each link in the chain: banks, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) and courts. I focus on four European Union member states that are most different cases: UK, Netherlands, Spain and Poland.

Since 11 September 2001, banks and financial institutions have been positioned in the frontline of security and fighting terrorism. They have become arbiters of the normal and the suspicious. They report to Financial Intelligence Units, which cooperate with police and prosecutors. Terrorism financing cases are increasingly reaching the courts, which have to judge terrorist facilitation and intent. The security practices of ‘financial warfare’ have important implications for citizens, yet remain largely invisible.

There is a striking gap between policy and practice in this field. Sub-projects analyse: practices within banks (PhD1); within FIUs (PhDs 2 3); and within courts (Post-docs 1 2). The PI focuses on the chain of translation as a whole, including data-exchange with the US. The approach is ground-breaking because it uses participant observation to analyse practices of security knowledge and judgement. FOLLOW opens significant new research horizons at the intersection between security studies and the sociology of knowledge practices. It introduces security studies to the chain of translation, across public/private domains and across jurisdictions. It introduces the literature on knowledge practices to the study of security, which entails its own unchartered kind of knowledge.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Marieke de Goede
The chain of security
published pages: 24-42, ISSN: 0260-2105, DOI: 10.1017/S0260210517000353
Review of International Studies 44/01 2019-06-18
2019 Jonathan L. Austin, Rocco Bellanova, Mareile Kaufmann
Doing and mediating critique: An invitation to practice companionship
published pages: 3–19, ISSN: 1460-3640, DOI: 10.1177/0967010618810925
Security Dialogue 2019-06-18
2017 Marieke de Goede, Mara Wesseling
Secrecy and security in transatlantic terrorism finance tracking
published pages: 253-269, ISSN: 0703-6337, DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2016.1263624
Journal of European Integration 39/3 2019-06-18
2016 Rocco Bellanova
Digital, politics, and algorithms
published pages: 329-347, ISSN: 1368-4310, DOI: 10.1177/1368431016679167
European Journal of Social Theory 20/3 2019-06-18
2018 Marieke de Goede, Mara Wessling
Counter-Terrorism Financing Policies in The Netherlands. Effectiveness and Effects (2013-2016)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Marieke de Goede
Proscription’s Futures
published pages: 336-355, ISSN: 0954-6553, DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2018.1432219
Terrorism and Political Violence 30/2 2019-05-27
2018 Jasper van der Kist, Huub Dijstelbloem, Marieke de Goede
In the Shadow of Asylum Decision-Making: The Knowledge Politics of Country-of-Origin Information
published pages: 68-85, ISSN: 1749-5679, DOI: 10.1093/ips/oly029
International Political Sociology 13/1 2019-05-15
2019 Nina Amelung, Cristiano Gianolla, Joana Sousa Ribeiro, Sílvia Leiria Viegas, Bruno Magalhães
Facing the elephant: STS inspired reflections on the political crisis associated with migrants
published pages: , ISSN: 1384-5160, DOI:
EASST Review Volume 38(1) 2019-05-15
2018 Pieter Lagerwaard
Following Suspicious Transactions in Europe: Comparing the Operations of European Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs). FOLLOW Research Report.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Marieke De Goede
Chains of securitization
published pages: 197-207, ISSN: 2059-5999, DOI: 10.2218/finsoc.v3i2.2579
Finance and Society 3/2 2019-05-15
2017 Valentin Gros, Marieke de Goede, Beste Isleyen
The Snowden Files Made Public: A Material Politics of Contesting Surveillance
published pages: 73–89, ISSN: 1749-5679, DOI: 10.1093/ips/olw031
International Political Sociology, Volume 11, Issue 1 2019-05-15
2018 Carola Westermeier
Political security and finance – A post-crisis and post-disciplinary perspective
published pages: 1-18, ISSN: 1430-6387, DOI: 10.1007/s41358-019-00174-7
Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 2019-05-15

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