The New School for Social Research
in New York was the site of a conference on "The Economization of the Social since the 1970s" in June 2015. The interdisciplinary meeting of sociologists, political scientists and historians from Europe and the United States explored how "the social" was newly defined historically from the 1970s on in light of changing economic and social conditions. Discussions addressed various aspects of economization, with several participants observing that the "economization of the social" went hand in hand with a "socialization of the economy." Ariane Leendertz
, who heads the Research Group on the Economization of the Social and the History of Complexity
at the MPIfG, organized the conference jointly with MPIfG director emeritus Wolfgang Streeck
and Julia Ott
of the New School for Social Research
was awarded her doctorate at the University of Cologne in June 2015. Her dissertation investigates the illegal diamond market in present-day Sierra Leone and explores the social structures and working mechanisms of illegal markets in post-conflict societies. A doctoral researcher at theIMPRS-SPCE
in Cologne until May 2015, Nina Engwicht took a position as a research fellow at the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate
, an academy for crisis prevention and civil conflict management, in June 2015.
, a doctoral researcher at LMU Munich, will be a visiting doctoral student at the MPIfG in June and July. Her dissertation project examines corporatist aspects of funding for research and technology.
, a doctoral researcher at Sciences Po, Paris, is a visiting doctoral student at the MPIfG in May and June. Her work explores the policymaking of local public finance in France since the 1970s.
, lecturer at the University of California, Irvine
, returns to the MPIfG in June of 2014. Her current research focus is on "Market dynamics, technological innovation, and the evolution of popular American music."
was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in June 2015. In his dissertation, "The Temporal Structures of the Economy: The Working Day of Taxi Drivers in Warsaw," Serafin explores how Warsaw’s taxi drivers choose their working hours and what factors influence this decision-making process. Marcin Serafin was a doctoral researcher at the IMPRS-SPCE
until March 2015 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the institute.
will receive the Max Planck Society's 2014 Otto Hahn Medal
for his dissertation "Freiheit von Schulden - Freiheit zur Gestaltung? Die politische Ökonomie von Haushaltsüberschüssen," which takes a political economy approach to determining whether budget surpluses enhance countries’ capacity to govern. Haffert’s analysis of countries that ran budget surpluses for several years shows that not even substantial surpluses can put a halt to the increasing erosion of states’ capacity to govern effectively. Each year, the Max Planck Society
(MPG) honors a small number of young researchers from its institutes for their outstanding scholarly achievement. The Otto Hahn Medal comes with a cash prize of 7,500 euros and is intended to motivate especially gifted young researchers to pursue careers in research or higher education. It will be awarded during the Max Planck Society’s Annual Meeting in Berlin in June 2015. A doctoral researcher at the MPIfG from 2010 to 2014, Lukas Haffert is now a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute
Social scientists and historians met at the MPIfG from 23-24 April, 2015, to discuss historical debates and diagnoses of ungovernability and ideas of good government and policy-making since the 1970s. The aim was to examine the shifts in ideas and forms of government action from the erosion of planning optimism during the 1970s up to the present day. Key concepts on good government were discussed as well as new forms of governmentality and self-governance. The event was organized by Ariane Leendertz
(a research group leader at the MPIfG), Martin Geyer
(University of Munich), and Ulrich Bröckling
(University of Freiburg).