2019-10-30MPIfG’s 12th Annual Colloquium

MPIfG 2019 Annual Colloquium on digitalization and capitalism

The MPIfG’s 12th Annual Colloquium is taking place in Cologne on November 14 and 15, 2019. During the event, researchers and practitioners will explore the challenges of digitalization for individuals and for capitalism. Healthcare, dating, crime prevention, the media, and work – there are few areas of life today that are not affected by digitalization. In the opening talk, Gerd Gigerenzer stresses the continued importance of critical thinking in the digital age and how, if we are to use artificial intelligence appropriately and better control it, we must use our own intelligence wisely. In other talks and panel discussions, Melanie Arntz, Dominik Gerstner, Stefan Kirchner, Oliver Nachtwey, Ulrich Samm, Maria Sapignoli, and Tanja Smolenski join Kostas Gemenis (MPIfG) and Marcin Serafin (head of the Max Planck Partner Group in Warsaw) to explore the transformative effects of technological change and take a critical look at the diverse possibilities of a data-driven society. The Annual Colloquium is a public event hosted jointly by the Institute and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. Program (PDF)
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New researchers in fall 2019

Three postdoctoral researchers are beginning their work at the MPIfG in October 2019. Arjen van der Heide, who joins the Institute from the University of Edinburgh, is interested in the sociology of Europe’s sovereign bond markets; Puneet Bhasin, previously at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, is exploring the political economy of financialized growth models; and Riccardo Pariboni, formerly at Freie Universität Berlin, is researching possible interactions between comparative political economy and post-Keynesian economics.



New doctoral students at the IMPRS-SPCE in fall 2019

The MPIfG welcomes a new cohort of young researchers into the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in 2019. Ayodeji Akinnimi, previously at the University of Bielefeld, is working on issues surrounding labor markets and migration; Clara Baumann graduated from the University of Cologne and will be researching attachment to the homeland and changing identities; Michael Kemmerling, formerly a research assistant at the University of Cologne, is analyzing banking regulation after the financial crisis; Vanessa Endrejat, who was formerly at Goethe University Frankfurt, explores understanding and regulation of systemically important institutions; and Edin Ibrocevic, also from Goethe University Frankfurt, is researching the creation and use of quasi-scientific knowledge in central banks. The IMPRS-SPCE is a joint international doctoral program of the MPIfG, the University of Cologne, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Twenty-two doctoral researchers are currently enrolled in the program.


2019-10-28Monica Bolelli

Conference on public sector wage setting

To date, research on wage setting has focused mostly on the private rather than the public sector. A conference on “The Political Economy of Public Sector Wage Setting in Europe,”“The Political Economy of Public Sector Wage Setting in Europe,” held in September in Cologne, brought together researchers from various subdisciplines of the social sciences and practitioners from public institutions. Their objective over the seven sessions was to explore the importance of wage-setting mechanisms for the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) from different perspectives and to advance theoretical and empirical understanding of public sector wage setting in the context of the European Union. The conference was organized by Donato Di Carlo, postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG. Conference website



2019-10-09Düzgün Arslantas

Düzgün Arslantas awarded doctorate

Düzgün Arslantas was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in September 2019. In his dissertation on clientelism and the early dominant-party system, Arslantas argues that the dominant position of a single party occurs if a party wins a minimum of three consecutive elections with a ten percent margin and forms a majority government. In his analysis he considers the party system in Turkey under the AKP government and develops a theoretical approach to the emergence of dominant-party systems. Düzgün Arslantas was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) from 2016 to 2019.


2019-10-09Armin Schaefer

“In Defense of Democracy”: Lecture series by MPIfG Scholar in Residence Armin Schäfer

Armin Schäfer, Professor of Political Science with a focus on Comparative Politics at the University of Münster, has been the MPIfG Scholar in Residence since September 2019. During his stay he is delivering a series of three lectures "In Defense of Democracy" in which he discusses models to explain the current crisis of democracy. Is less democracy the right reaction to the success of populist parties? His lectures will be held in English at the MPIfG on November 19 ("After the End of Histor”"), November 26 ("When Representation Fails"), and on December 3 ("The Populist Revolt"), each at 5 p.m. Register by email to info@mpifg.de.


2019-10-09Public lectures

Public lectures at the MPIfG in the winter semester 2019/2020

The MPIfG is again holding a number of public lectures by internationally renowned researchers in the 2019/2020 winter semester. On October 9, Jane Gingrich, University of Oxford, will use empirical analysis to show how the role of integrative institutions, such as trade unions, churches, or social clubs, that once linked voters to mainstream parties has changed since the 1990s. On October 23, Robert Skidelsky will describe what the ideal education for economists looks like. Stefanie Walter, Universität Zürich, will analyze on November 4 the extent to which the relative cost of different crisis resolution options shaped eurozone crisis politics in both deficit and surplus countries. On November 20, Jeffrey M. Chwieroth, London School of Economics and Political Science, will take a historical and contemporary perspective to look at how the rising prosperity of middle-class households changes the politics of major banking crises. And in her lecture on December 11, Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School, will consider how wealth is created and how centuries-old techniques are used today to transform stocks, bonds, ideas, and even expectations, into capital. Registration for all lectures is by email to info@mpifg.de.



Sebastian Kohl receives ASI prize for early-career researchers

Sebastian Kohl has been awarded the 2019 ASI early-career researcher prize for his article "The Political Economy of Homeownership," published in the journal Socio-Economic Review. The ASI (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Institute e.V. / Working group of social science institutes) awards the 500-euro prize annually to early-career researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to social science research. The prize will be presented during the joint annual meeting of the ASI and the "Methods of Empirical Social Research" section of the German Sociological Association (DGS) in Cologne in November 2019. Sebastian Kohl has been a senior researcher at the MPIfG since 2017.


2019-09-16Cornelia Woll

Cornelia Woll is MaxPo Co-director

Political scientist Cornelia Woll is the new Co-director of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris. Woll is Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po and a researcher at the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE). Her research focuses on comparative and international political economy. At MaxPo, she will continue her work on the politics of finance, studying the dynamics of financial market regulation. She is returning to the position she held from 2012 to 2015, during the early years of the research center. MaxPo is a collaboration between Sciences Po and the MPIfG and studies the effects of increasing liberalization, technical advances, and cultural change on Western industrial nations. Cornelia Woll succeeds Jenny Andersson and will lead the Center together with Olivier Godechot.



MPIfG founded Partner Group in Chile

Together with the Central University of Chile, the MPIfG has set up an international Max Planck Partner Group in Chile. It will be led by Felipe González, who was a doctoral researcher at the IMPRS-SPCE from 2011 to 2015. The Partner Group aims to be a platform for exchanging ideas and building connections with researchers in the region, as well as promoting the institutionalization of economic sociology in Chile. Max Planck Partner Groups are intended to support outstanding young researchers who have already held a position at a Max Planck Institute and want to return to their country of origin. In this, the Max Planck Society works together with countries that seek to strengthen their research base through international collaboration.



Sebastian Billows becomes a researcher at INRA

In October 2019, Sebastian Billows will take up a new research position as a sociologist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). INRA is one of the largest research institutions in France and explores issues relating to food, nutrition, agriculture, and the environment. Billows will be working at the Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire en sciences sociales (IRISSO), a research institution conducted by INRA together with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Paris Dauphine University. Sebastian Billows was a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG from 2017 to 2019 in the project area “Sociology of Markets.



New guests in fall 2019

Eight new visiting researchers are beginning their work at the MPIfG in September and October: Lea Elsässer, University of Duisburg-Essen, will be exploring the causes of unequal political responsiveness; Andrea Herrmann, Utrecht University, is researching the institutional foundations of the gig economy; May Zuleika Salao, University of Asia and the Pacific, is concerned with the question of globally inclusive societies; Aliénor Balaude, Sciences Po, addresses the sociology of judgment practices in the framework of policies for excellence; Anitra Baliga, London School of Economics and Political Science, is investigating the development of the land market in Mumbai; Weronika Boruc, Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life in Warsaw, is working on an experimental study of entrepreneurial propensity and willingness to assume risk; Mateusz Halawa, also of the Max Planck Partner Group, Warsaw, researches the financialization of private households in Poland; Marta Olcon-Kubicka, likewise from the Max Planck Partner Group, Warsaw, is analyzing the cultural dimension of intergenerational wealth transfers.



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