Smaller families, an aging population, and transformations in living and working conditions require new political and economic approaches, with the reconciling of work and family life representing a key future challenge. At the eighth MPIfG Colloquium held from 5-6 November 2015, MPIfG researchers and guests from academia, business, and politics came together to discuss the current state of these issues, the prospects and the alternatives. In the opening presentation, Florian Coulmas
(University of Duisburg-Essen) gave a look into Japan’s ageing society. Wolfgang Streeck
, Annina Hering
, and Sara Weckemann showed the entirely different impacts on fertility patterns that social, financial, and partnership uncertainty can have. The Colloquium's second day focused on the world of work with Hans-Peter Klös
(Cologne Institute for Economic Research) and Marius Busemeyer
(University of Konstanz) providing insights into issues around the securing of skilled personnel, demographics, and vocational training. In a concluding panel discussion chaired by Werner Eichhorst
(Institute for the Study of Labor), Birgit Helten-Kindlein (Henkel AG
), Katharina Heuer
(German Association for People Management), and Stefan Pfeifer (Ministry of Labor, Integration, and Social Affairs of North-Rhine Westphalia
) debated new approaches to working-hours and workplaces to give greater freedom to families. The Colloquium is organized jointly by the MPIfG and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG.
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The jury of the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG
awarded Lisa Kastner
this year's Journal Prize for her article "Much Ado about Nothing?" Transnational Civil Society, Consumer Protection and Financial Regulatory Reform
(Review of International Political Economy 21, 2014). The 750 euro prize is awarded for the best article by a researcher at the MPIfG published in a refereed journal. Lisa Kastner was a doctoral student from 2012-2015 on the joint cotutelle program offered by Sciences Po, Paris, and the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne.
The Cologne Institute for Economic Research
(IW) and the MPIfG held their sixth joint conference on November 10, 2015 in Cologne. Researchers and guests from both institutes discussed how the financial industry might improve its reputation and how banks might regain the trust of its stakeholders. Presentations covered topics such as the dilemma in the financial industry between regulation and trust, whether financialization is responsible for rising inequality, the historical and economic aspects of time-regimes in financial markets, and a review of financial regulation since 2008.
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In July 2015, the jury of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung awarded Dominic Akyel
and Jens Beckert
the second prize for a social sciences journal article published in 2014. The article, Pietät und Profit: Kultureller Wandel und Marktentstehung am Beispiel des Bestattungsmarktes
, was published in the Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie and uses the historical development of caring for the dead in Germany to show that cultural transformations are as important for the emergence of a new market as technological innovations, price changes, and political regulation. The Fritz Thyssen Stiftung awards prizes annually for the best German-language social science publications.
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Since October 2015, Markus Burtscheidt
has been chair of the Max Planck Society's central works council. In his new role, Burtscheidt - a member of the MPIfG IT team and chair of the MPIfG works council since 2002 - will represent around 21,000 colleagues from a range of professions and academic disciplines. He will focus especially on the issue of fixed-term contracts for young researchers as well as how new IT developments and social media are affecting the workplace.
The 2013 German publication of Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism
in which Wolfgang Streeck
explains the ongoing financial and fiscal crisis as a long term transformation of the relationship between democracy and capitalism, has now been published as a paperback. In a preface, Streeck responds to his critics and takes stock of events so far. It also includes an essay on the political dimensions of monetary systems using the euro as an example.
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In the fall of 2015, Ariane Leendertz
was elected academic staff representative for the Max Planck Society
's Human Sciences Section. She is now the immediate contact person for the section's chairperson and is responsible for coordinating nominations for academic staff representatives to serve on appointment, presidential, and other MPG committees. She will also chair the 3-yearly meeting for academic staff representatives from the section's institutes. Since 2014, Ariane Leendertz has been an academic staff representative for the Human Sciences Section in the MPG Senate. She heads the MPIfG Research Group on the Economization of the Social and the History of Complexity
In October 2015, the University of Cologne's Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences awarded Mark Lutter
the venia legendi in sociology. His habilitation thesis examined how social structures influence the distribution and concentration of success. Mark Lutter has been heading the "Transnational Diffusion of Innovation
" research group at the MPIfG since 2014.
At a ceremony on 30 October, Wolfgang Streeck
received an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern Denmark
. Wolfgang Streeck has been emeritus director at the MPIfG since 2014.
is the new co-director at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies
(MaxPo) in Paris. An economic historian, Jenny Andersson is CNRS Research Professor at the Centre d'études européennes
(CEE), Paris, and an ERC Principal Investigator of FUTUREPOL
, a Sciences Po project on the transnational history of futures research and the intellectual history of key post war forms of prediction. At MaxPo, she will continue her research on the role of the future for economic action and will establish an interdisciplinary research group to examine the conditions of political action for a post-crisis age. Jenny Andersson, who will direct the Center together with Olivier Godechot, begins her work at MaxPo in November 2015. MaxPo was established in 2012 in Paris and investigates the effects on Western societies of increasing liberalization policies, technological changes, and major cultural shifts. It does this jointly with the Sciences Po and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
Centre d'études europénnes
In October 2015, four new doctoral researchers joined the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE). Donato Di Carlo
, previously at the Collegio Carlo Alberto
, Turin, is studying industrial relations in the European Monetary Union countries; Alexandra Hees
, previously at the University of Freiburg
, is examining processes of commodification; Alina Marktanner
, previously at Maastricht University
, is investigating corporate consultancy and state management; Nico Sonntag
, previously at the University of Mannheim
, is studying the diffusion of religion. The IMPRS-SPCE
is a joint international doctoral program offered by the MPIfG and the University of Cologne. There are currently 19 researchers enrolled in the program.
In October 2015, Thomas Angeletti, Guus Dix, and Tod Van Gunten took up their positions as postdoctoral students at the MPIfG. Thomas Angeletti
, previously at the University of Cambridge
, is examining the criticisms of financial capitalism; Guus Dix
, previously at Maastricht University
, is studying fictional expectations and values in education; Tod Van Gunten
, previously at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute
, Madrid, is investigating determinants of highs and lows in credit markets. The MPIfG also welcomes fourteen visiting researchers to the Institute. Lucio Baccaro
, Professor at the University of Geneva
, is Scholar in Residence at the MPIfG and will be presenting a series of lectures on "Growth Model Perspective on Comparative Capitalism
." Zofia Boni
, a doctoral student at SOAS, University of London
will be staying at the MPIfG until September 2016. She will be analyzing negotiations that occur between parents and state agencies in Poland on childhood nutrition. Tatiana Castilla
, a doctoral student at the University of Brasília
, is visiting the MPIfG until March 2016 to study the significance of social movements in the emergence of regional markets in Andean countries. Jean Finez
, a doctoral student at Lille University
, is staying at the MPIfG until March 2016 and will be studying political market transformations using the French railway as an example. Aleksandra Lis
, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University
in Poznan, is at the MPIfG until December. She will be working on her research project on the relationship between expert knowledge and the regulatory procedures for new and controversial technologies. Also visiting the MPIfG until December is Tomas Løding
,a doctoral student at the University of Bergen
. He is examining the financialization of the Norwegian public sector. Matthew Maguire
,a doctoral student at Boston University
, is staying at the MPIfG until Dezember and will be studying the influence of corporate social responsibility on European Union policy-making. Christopher Rea
, from the University of California University of California
, Los Angeles, will be a visiting doctoral researcher at the MPIfG until March 2016 examining the emergence of regulatory institutions for the conservation of natural spaces. Maurício Reinert
, Professor at the Universidade Estadual de Maringá
, Brazil, is visiting the MPIfG until June 2016. He will be examining how illegality, unmorality and illegitimacy can be differentiated. Nina Suesse
, a doctoral researcher at King’s College London
, will be at the MPIfG until March 2016. She will be working on her dissertation on the reproduction of gender inequality. Alice Valiergue
, a doctoral student at Sciences Po
, Paris, will be staying at the MPIfG until December. She is studying equivalences between ecological, social and economic values using the voluntary market for emissions. Hubert Zimmermann
, Professor at the University of Marburg
and visiting the MPIfG until December, will be working on his book on the Greek crisis. Christoph Deutschmann
, Emeritus Professor at the University of Tübingen
, will be staying at the MPIfG until November. He will be analyzing the contribution of globalization literature to the theoretical understanding of markets without borders. Matt Vidal
, Senior Lecturer at King’s College London
, will be visiting the MPIfG in November and December. His interests include comparative political economy in Germany, Great Britain and the USA, from industrialization to the present day.
From July 5-8, 2015, around thirty researchers met at the tenth Max Planck Summer Conference on Economy and Society held in Reims. The conference brings together ongoing research from the fields of political economy and economic sociology. Under the conference theme of "Territories of the Economy," research was presented and discussed on topics such as the political economy of international adoption, the relationship between prosperity and public debt, the effect that natural disasters have on election results, labor policies in the era of liberalization, and the growth of major cities. The annual Max Planck Summer Conferences provide young researchers with opportunities to gain feedback and ideas from experienced, international colleagues. The conferences are organized alternately by the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE) and its partner institutions (Columbia University, Northwestern University, Sciences Po, European University Institute) in Europe and the USA and aim to promote discussion and cooperation among researchers and the institutions.