has been awarded the Peter Mair Prize at the ECPR PhD Summer School on Political Parties and Democracy
held in September 2013 in Lüneburg. The prize is sponsored by the "Party Politics" journal for the best contribution at the Summer School. Gregor Zons' paper examined the extent to which the implications arising from the concept of niche parties can be empirically proven. Gregor Zons has been a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE
graduate school in Cologne since 2010.
holds a research professorship in economic history at the University of Turin. He has mainly written on the history of economic life and its intellectual representations, advocating an interdisciplinary understanding of culture and the economy. During his stay at the MPIfG over the winter semester of 2013/2014, he will give three lectures on the complex dynamics of modern welfare systems. He discusses the evolution of welfare systems as a product of cultural variables and material forces which are largely responsible for the sense of instability that dominates our societies. Each year the MPIfG invites a leading scholar from the political, economic and social sciences to spend six months at the institute. They then pursue a research project on a topic aligned to the institute’s main research agenda.
André Vereta Nahoum was awarded his doctorate in October 2013 at the University of São Paulo
. In his dissertation he analyzed the marketing of indigenous cultures by investigating economic projects of the Yawanawa people from the southwestern Amazon. André Vereta-Nahoum was a doctoral student at the institute's IMPRS-SPCE
graduate school from October 2009 to September 2013.
The third workshop by the German section of the European Network for Social Policy Analysis
(ESPANet) for doctoral students was held at the MPIfG from 14-15 November 2013. The event brought together junior and senior scholars from various countries to discuss the privatizing and marketing of social services. Doctoral students presented their research projects on the causes and effects of the privatization and liberalization of services for health, education, and care of the elderly that had formerly been publicly provided. The event was organized by Annette Henninger (University of Marburg), Simone Leiber (Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences), Sascha Münnich (University of Göttingen), and Thomas Paster (MPIfG), and sponsored by the social policy section of the German Sociological Association
Four new doctoral students joined the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) in October 2013. Stephan Paetz
, previously at Berlin's Humboldt University, and Virginia Kimey Pflücke
, from the University of Leipzig, are working on the topics "The Development of Legal Professions in Cross-National Comparison" and "Gender and the Political Economy of Care Work" respectively. Annina Aßmann
and Inga Rademacher
had been research assistants at the MPIfG and are now IMPRS-SPCE
doctoral students. Rademacher is studying democracy in an age of liberalization and Aßmann is examining how uncertainty is perceived and appraised and the consequences this has on fertility trends in Germany.
is a joint international PhD program offered by the MPIfG and the University of Cologne and currently has thirty young researchers.
, formerly at Queen Mary University
, London, and Arjan Reurink
, formerly at theUniversity of Amsterdam
, are new research assistants at the MPIfG. Sütcü is working in the project area "Sociology of Markets
" and is to compile a report on the literature concerning criminality in financial markets.
Three postdoctoral fellows have commenced work at the MPIfG: Michael McCarthy
, formerly at New York University
, is to examine union power and the political economy of pensions; Aidan Regan
, previously at the European University Institute
(EUI), Florence, is examining the crisis of democratic capitalism in the eurozone; Sidonie Naulin
, formerly at the University of Paris-Sorbonne
, is investigating the reconciliation of political, cultural, and economic valuation taking food journalism as an example. Philipp Korom
, formerly at the University of Graz
, is a research fellow in the project area "Sociology of Markets."
, a researcher from Kocaeli University
, Türkei, is a visiting scholar at the MPIfG from October to December 2013. He is studying the influence of Islam, neoliberalism, and social democracy on Turkey's political economy.
, a doctoral student in economic history at the University of Gothenburg
, is visiting the MPIfG from September to October 2013 to work on research examining the profit squeeze as a crisis of democratic capitalism.
, a researcher at the department of sociology at the University of Gothenburg
, is visiting the institute from September 2013 to August 2014. He is investigating the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on child poverty in developing countries.
, from Cardiff Business School
, is a visiting researcher at the MPIfG in November 2013. He is working on a book project on industrial realtions in multinational firms.
, Professor at the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Munich
, is visiting the MPIfG from November 2013 to January 2014. During his stay, he is working on a book project on how Catholic immigrants adapted to American capitalism in the nineteenth century.
, a doctoral student at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
, Paris, is at the institute from October 2013 to September 2014. She is to work on her dissertation on civil society aspects in the transnational regulation of financial markets.
, Professor at Warwick Business School
, is a visiting scholar at the MPIfG from December 2013. His research topic concerns states, industrial relations and democracy under international pressure.
is a researcher in the Center for the Sociology of Organizations at Sciences Po
, Paris, and will be visiting the MPIfG from November 2013 to September 2014. He is interested in how the economy deals with uncertainty.
, from the Department of Sociology, University of Stockholm
, is visiting from October 2103 to February 2014. During his stay he will work on his research topic on organization and identities within global work places.
In September 2013, Mark Lutter
was appointed to the associate board of the journal Sociology
is the flagship journal of the British Sociological Association
and among the top journals for sociological research. The appointment is for a period up to 2016. Mark Lutter has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2007.
In October 2013, doctoral students at the MPIfG elected Martin Seeliger
as their spokesperson. Seeliger takes over from Isabella Reichert and shares the post with Ana Carolina Alfinito Vieira who was confirmed in the post she took up in June 2013. Martin Seeliger has been a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE
was awarded her doctorate at the University of Cologne in July 2013. Her dissertation examines the relationship of Kurdish interest associations in Turkey and the unifying potential and limits of ethnic commitments and class interests for collective action and political mobilization. Azer Kilic is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG. From January 2014, she begins a two year research project, supported by the AXA Research Fund
, at Istanbul's Koc University
. The project is entitled "Civil Society Organizations in Conflict Situations: The Turkish- Kurdish Case."
was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in June 2013. His dissertation examined the ongoing processes of transformation in Sweden's economic-political system against the backdrop of public debt since the 1970s. Philip Mehrtens is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG.
Members of the political economy section of the German Political Science Association
(DVPW) met from 10-11 October 2013 at the MPIfG for this year's conference on the political economy of inequality. Inequality's extent, causes, and effects were discussed on the basis of 15 scholarly publications. The event was sponsored by WSI-Mitteilungen, the Journal of the German Institute of Economic and Social Research
in the Hans-Böckler Foundation, and the MPIfG and organized by Hans-Jürgen Bieling (University of Tübingen), Tobias ten Brink (University of Frankfurt), Reimut Zohlnhöfer (University of Heidelberg) and Armin Schäfer (MPIfG).