has received the Otto Hahn Medal
from the Max Planck Society
for his dissertation The Temporal Structures of the Economy: The Working Day of Taxi Drivers in Warsaw.
The dissertation examines the issue of how economic success is influenced by different social processes. Serafin demonstrates that to truly understand economic processes also requires research into social contexts. The medal comes with a monetary award of 7,500 euros and is intended to motivate especially gifted young researchers to pursue careers in research or higher education. The prize was awarded during the Annual Meeting of the Max Planck Society. Marcin Serafin was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) from 2011 to 2015 and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG.
The International Political Science Association
(IPSA) has awarded Fritz W. Scharpf
the 2016 Juan Linz Prize
. The USD 3,000 prize is awarded to prominent scholars engaged in decentralization, multinational and multiethnic integration, and comparative federalism research. The award will be presented at the 24th IPSA World Congress on July 25, 2016 in Posen, Poland. Fritz W. Scharpf has been Director emeritus at the MPIfG since 2003.
In June 2016, Jens Beckert
was appointed to the editorial board of the German-language Managementforschung
journal. The journal was founded in 1981 and serves as a discussion forum for new trends and topics in and around management. It sees itself as a transdisciplinary publication for corporate, organizational and network management issues. The journal is published by Peter Conrad, Jochen Koch and Jörg Sydow.
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was awarded his doctorate from the University of Cologne in June 2016. His dissertation on the political economy of sociotechnical change, which looks at the case of labor relations in Spanish commercial airlines with a special focus on pilots, analyzes how specific technological innovations have evoked political and institutional change in civil aviation. Filippo Reale was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne from 2012 to 2016 and is now a researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.
was awarded her doctorate from the University of Cologne in June 2016. Her dissertation, Actors, Institutional Change and Reproduction: The Colombian Case of Racial Exclusion and Local Socio-economic Performance 1886-1950,
draws on theories of historical institutionalism. In it, she shows that the long-term dynamics among collective actors are a mechanism through which the informal institution of racial exclusion constrains the provision of public goods and contemporary progress. Irina España was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne from October 2012 until March 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG.
In April 2016, a joint workshop held in Paris by the MPIfG and MaxPo focused on "Inequality: The Wealth-Credit-Housing Nexus and Its Political Consequences." The workshop organizers, Jens Beckert
and Tod Van Gunten
from the MPIfG and Olivier Godechot
from MaxPo, wanted to shed light on an intriguing aspect of the debate on income and wealth inequality sparked recently by Thomas Piketty in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century: they invited sociologists, economists, and political scientists to talk about how wealth, credit, debt, and housing influence each other and contribute to growing socioeconomic inequality. One result of the workshop was the realization that social scientists need to classify and quantify the extent of this inequality and the numerous forms it takes. Why there has been so little popular resistance to increasing social inequality remains a disturbing mystery for the social sciences.
received the 2016 PADEMIA Research Award for her dissertation Restraining Regulatory Capture: An Empirical Examination of the Power of Weak Interests in Financial Reforms
in which she examines the role of civil society in the governance of finance after the financial crisis in 2008. A Europe-wide network of academic institutions, PADEMIA
confers its Research Awards to scholars whose excellent work on European integration has contributed substantially to the state of the art of research in this field. From 2012-2015, Lisa Kastner was a doctoral student in the cotutelle program offered jointly by Sciences Po, Paris, and the University of Cologne. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies