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.