Hjalte is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the European Institute. He holds a PhD from the LSE as well as Master’s degrees in political theory and IPE from the New School for Social Research in New York and the Copenhagen Business School respectively. Prior to joining the LSE as a postdoc he worked with PI Jan Komárek on the ERC research project ‘IMAGINE: European Constitutional Imaginaries: Utopias, Ideologies and the Other’ at iCourts, University of Copenhagen. In addition to this Hjalte has held visiting affiliations with the European University Institute, Copenhagen Business School and Sciences Po, Paris. Hjalte has published in Journal of Common Market Studies and Constellations and his first book is under contract with the Oxford University Press.
Hjalte’s research combines political theory, political economy and public law in examining the history and theory of independence in government. He is particularly interested in studying how the role and mandate of independent institutions changes over time. Hjalte is currently working on finishing a monograph on the history of the idea of central bank independence and how it informed the European Central Bank’s role in Eurozone governance, including in the Eurozone and Covid-19 Crises. Going forward, Hjalte is developing a new research project that compares the political theoretical foundations of different kinds of independent institutions (courts, central banks and regulatory agencies) and how their governmental functions have evolved in response to large scale socio-economic changes.