has been awarded the JFK Memorial Fellowship for his project on the political economy of long-term capital investments ("Asset Manager Capitalism and the Political Economy of Patient Capital"). The fellowship allows recipients to spend 10 months at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
. Up to three fellowships are granted each year to scholars involved in writing their habilitations or carrying out research on transatlantic, European or US issues. Benjamin Braun has been a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG since 2014.
has received the Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for Best Dissertation in Government and Public Administration
2015 from the Political Studies Association
. His dissertation entitled "Central Bank Agency and Monetary Governability in the Euro Area: Governing through Money, Trust, and Expectations
" examines institutional conditions for monetary governability, and the efforts by the European Central Bank to establish as well as maintain such conditions in crisis situations. The prize was presented to Benjamin Braun on March 22, 2016 at the Political Studies Association
's annual conference in Brighton.
In March 2016, the professors Monica Prasad
(Northwestern University) and Gunnar Trumbull
(Harvard University) were appointed as new members to the MPIfG Scientific Advisory Board
. Membership has been extended until 2017 for Nicole W. Biggart
(University of California, Davis), Frank Dobbin
(Harvard University), Geoffrey M. Hodgson
(University of Hertfordshire), Jonas Pontusson
(Université de Genève), Philippe Steiner
(Université Paris-Sorbonne) and Jörg Sydow
(Freie Universität Berlin).
The Scientific Advisory Board is appointed by the president of the Max Planck Society. Its members advise the directors on decisions concerning the research program and evaluate the institute’s research output. The next evaluation will be in 2017.
How do modern economies cope with an uncertain future? What strategies do actors use to assess the outcomes of their decisions and to exploit an indeterminate future to their advantage? Scholars from Europe and the USA discussed these issues at the conference "Economic Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives and Calculation
" in March 2016 in Paris. The conference was a joint event from the MPIfG, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
(MaxPo), and the Institut d'études avancées
(IEA) and organized by Jens Beckert
and Richard Bronk
(London School of Economics).
Scholars from the MPIfG and the University of Cologne
came together at the MPIfG in January 2016 for a second joint "Sociology in Cologne" workshop. Under the heading "Cumulative Advantages" participants from both institutions presented their ongoing research projects. Philipp Korom, Mark Lutter, and Jens Beckert reported findings from their project "Forbes 400: The Super Rich in the United States
," and Tod Van Gunten
gave insights into political elite networks in Mexico. The workshop was organized by Jens Beckert
and Clemens Kroneberg
(University of Cologne). The MPIfG and the Department of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne
want to strengthen their cooperation through joint workshops.
Under the heading One Crisis - Nineteen Points of View
, the MPIfG is holding a lecture series in the summer semester 2016 on how different eurozone member states perceive problems associated with the euro crisis. There has been little development of a European public and a consensus has yet to be found on how to eradicate the economic and social consequences of the crisis. Effective solutions require mutual understandings between member states - and the social sciences can help in the bringing about such understandings. Scholars from five European states outline the causes for and manifestations of the euro crisis as well as the debates surrounding the options for action from the points of view of their countries. Dates: 10 May (Costas Lapavitsas, Greece); 24 May (Maurizio Ferrara, Italy); 31 May (Béla Greskovits, Hungary); 5 July (Francesco Saraceno, France); 1 July (Till van Treeck, Germany).
was awarded her doctorate at the University of Cologne in January 2016. In her dissertation A Game of Horns: Transnational Flows of Rhino Horn
she examined the influence and effects of illegality and transnationality on the emergence, functioning and structure of the illegal market for rhinoceros horn. Her aim was to gain an understanding of the market in its entirety from the production of rhinoceros horn (poaching, hunting, and theft) through to its cross-border exchange and consumption. Annette Hübschle-Finch was a doctoral student from 2011 to 2015 at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne and now works as a researcher at the Institute for Humanities at the University of Cape Town
and as a senior research advisor for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in February 2016. His cumulative dissertation New Political Parties as Innovators: Formation and Success
examined the roles of programmatic innovation and party competition for the emergence and long-term success of new parties. From 2010 to 2014, Gregor Zons was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne and is currently a researcher at the Institute of German and International Party Law and Party Research
at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.