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Leibniz Prize to Jens Beckert

Jens Beckert will be awarded the 2018 Leibniz Prize. He is being honored for his work in reinvigorating the social sciences with an interdisciplinary perspective, especially in the intersection of sociology and economics - two disciplines that have long developed on largely separate paths. Beckert has been a director at the MPIfG in Cologne and head of the research area on the Sociology of Markets since 2005. Jens Beckert is the second sociologist to win the award; Helmut Willke, who won in 1994, was the first. Conferred by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and providing each recipient with up to 2.5 million euros in research funding, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most prestigious research award in Germany. Jens Beckert will receive the Leibniz Prize in Berlin on March 19, 2018. more (in German)




New paths in Political Economy: 2017 Annual Colloquium at the MPIfG

The 10th MPIfG Annual Colloquium took place in November 2017 in Cologne, with over 100 participants. In their contributions, researchers and practitioners discussed new paths in Political Economy, which was the theme of the event. In his opening lecture, Lucio Baccaro, Director at the MPIfG, described the chaotic situation Political Economy finds itself in due to the historical demise of the "Fordist" system. A new book was presented; entitled "Auf der Suche nach der Problemlösungsfähigkeit der Politik" [The search for problem-solving ability in politics], it is a collection of interviews with Fritz W. Scharpf. In a discussion with the two editors, Susanne K. Schmidt and Adalbert Hepp, Scharpf offered a glimpse into his impressive life's work and his academic work. The Annual Colloquium was brought to a close with a panel discussion with Rainer Ludwig (director of personnel and social services at Ford), Eveline Wengler (member of the works council at Bayer), and Wiebke Lang (from the Ministry of Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) on the question of the flexibilization of labor policy in business practice. Especially hotly debated were the flexibilization of work hours demanded by employers and the blurring of the boundary between time on and off the clock. The Annual Colloquium is sponsored jointly by the Institute and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. more (in German)




Benjamin Braun awarded the 2017 Journal Article Prize

During the MPIfG Annual Colloquium in November 2017, Benjamin Braun was awarded the 2017 Journal Article Prize from the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. He won the prize for his article "Speaking to the People? Money, Trust, and Central Bank Legitimacy in the Age of Quantitative Easing," published in 2016 in the journal Review of International Political Economy. The 750 euro prize is awarded for the best article by a researcher at the MPIfG in a refereed journal. Benjamin Braun has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2014 and works in the research area "Sociology of Markets," headed by Jens Beckert. article




Trust and responsibility in turbulent times: Joint conference with the Institute for Economic Research

For the seventh time, the researchers of the MPIfG and the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) met for a joint conference. The main topic of the roundtable discussion on 10 November 2017 was "Vertrauen und Verantwortung in unruhigen politischen Zeiten" [Trust and responsibility in turbulent times]: Are Brexit, Donald Trump's presidency, and rising populism really evidence for a societal turning point? What influence do institutions have, and why are they, of all things, increasingly losing societal trust? What is the role of digitization, and does it increase the irresponsibility of the individual? Current political and economic challenges were debated in the discussion. Of particular importance was the assessment of the possible societal consequences of digitization.



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