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New paths in Political Economy: 2017 Annual Colloquium at the MPIfG

The 10th MPIfG Annual Colloquium took place in November 2017 in Cologne, with over 100 participants. In their contributions, researchers and practitioners discussed new paths in Political Economy, which was the theme of the event. In his opening lecture, Lucio Baccaro, Director at the MPIfG, described the chaotic situation Political Economy finds itself in due to the historical demise of the "Fordist" system. A new book was presented; entitled "Auf der Suche nach der Problemlösungsfähigkeit der Politik" [The search for problem-solving ability in politics], it is a collection of interviews with Fritz W. Scharpf. In a discussion with the two editors, Susanne K. Schmidt and Adalbert Hepp, Scharpf offered a glimpse into his impressive life's work and his academic work. The Annual Colloquium was brought to a close with a panel discussion with Rainer Ludwig (director of personnel and social services at Ford), Eveline Wengler (member of the works council at Bayer), and Wiebke Lang (from the Ministry of Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) on the question of the flexibilization of labor policy in business practice. Especially hotly debated were the flexibilization of work hours demanded by employers and the blurring of the boundary between time on and off the clock. The Annual Colloquium is sponsored jointly by the Institute and the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. more (in German)




Benjamin Braun awarded the 2017 Journal Article Prize

During the MPIfG Annual Colloquium in November 2017, Benjamin Braun was awarded the 2017 Journal Article Prize from the Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG. He won the prize for his article "Speaking to the People? Money, Trust, and Central Bank Legitimacy in the Age of Quantitative Easing," published in 2016 in the journal Review of International Political Economy. The 750 euro prize is awarded for the best article by a researcher at the MPIfG in a refereed journal. Benjamin Braun has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2014 and works in the research area "Sociology of Markets," headed by Jens Beckert. article




Trust and responsibility in turbulent times: Joint conference with the Institute for Economic Research

For the seventh time, the researchers of the MPIfG and the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) met for a joint conference. The main topic of the roundtable discussion on 10 November 2017 was "Vertrauen und Verantwortung in unruhigen politischen Zeiten" [Trust and responsibility in turbulent times]: Are Brexit, Donald Trump's presidency, and rising populism really evidence for a societal turning point? What influence do institutions have, and why are they, of all things, increasingly losing societal trust? What is the role of digitization, and does it increase the irresponsibility of the individual? Current political and economic challenges were debated in the discussion. Of particular importance was the assessment of the possible societal consequences of digitization.



Susanne Berger is the new Research Coordinator at the MPIfG

Susanne Berger is the new Research Coordinator and Academic Coordinator of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) at the MPIfG. At the beginning of October, she took over from Ursula Trappe. She supports the Institute's management in the area of academic project management and coordinates the international doctoral program of the IMPRS-SPCE. Susanne Berger is the first point of contact for all researchers at the MPIfG, and she is responsible for the coordination of research data management, research reports, and evaluations.



New doctoral fellows at the IMPRS-SPCE in fall 2017

The MPIfG once again welcomes new young researchers into the doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE): Elifcan Çelebi, formerly of Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, will examine the topic of how women in Turkey experience changing gendered welfare policies; Laura Gerken, a graduate of the University of Bonn, will investigate the role of civil society in bargaining processes of large-scale land acquisition in the Global South ; Andrés López Rivera, formerly of the Universidad de Los Hemisferios in Quito, Ecuador, will analyze the state of epistemic authority in transnational environmental governance; and Hannah Pool, formerly of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, will research the economics of the human smuggling of refugees and migrants to Europe. The IMPRS-SPCE is a joint international doctoral program offered by the MPIfG and the University of Cologne, with the University of Duisburg-Essen as an associated partner. There are currently nineteen researchers enrolled in the program.



New staff and guests at the MPIfG this fall

In October 2017, there are four new postdoctoral researchers at the MPIfG: Sebastian Billows and Marie Piganiol, both formerly of Sciences Po, are part of the project area "Sociology of Markets"; Billows addresses the increasing importance of economic expertise in EU merger control, while Piganiol examines the privatization of French state property. Jiska Gojowczyk will deepen her knowledge of the glocalization of religious environmental protection goals gained in her dissertation. Ïpek Göçmen, formerly of Bogaziçi Universität, Istanbul, will investigate national child protection systems in Europe.  
Additionally, the MPIfG has welcomed six guest researchers: Giacomo Bazzani, University of Turin, analyzes the use of complementary currencies and their economic and social impacts; Wolfgang Günther, Leipzig University, researches the declaration of general applicability of collective wage agreements; Mateusz Halawa, a researcher at the Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, examines the rise of mortgage credit in Poland; and Marta Olcon-Kubicka, also a researcher at the Max Planck Partner Group in Warsaw, investigates money and family practices among young middle-class households in Poland. Moisés Kopper, University of São Paulo, examines the intersection of new forms of political participation, citizen movements, and consumption in modern Brazil, while Anne Schotel, a doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam, investigates the political representation of gender and sexuality in major cities in Germany and the Netherlands.  
Sebastian Kohl, previously of Uppsala University, is a new research fellow in the research group "Sociology of Markets." He will address the political economy of the private insurance industry.



Lectures at the MPIfG in the 2017/2018 winter semester

Once again, the MPIfG will offer guest lectures open to the public given by internationally renowned researchers: Joachim Radkau, Professor Emeritus at Bielefeld University, will discuss his "thoughts on the legacy of the future" and hazard forecasts about its potential as a promising concept on December 7 (in German). Waltraud Schelkle, Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will speak on the political economy of monetary solidarity on January 26. All who wish to attend may sign up here: The lectures by Mary O’Sullivan, Professor at the University of Geneva, on the meaning of securities markets in the history of capitalism in the US and by Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Political Science at Princeton University, on the concept of "illiberal democracy", which took place on October 12 and 26, respectively, will soon be available as podcasts on the MPIfG's website. Public lectures




Book presentation: Interviews with Fritz W. Scharpf

During the MPIfG Annual Colloquium 2017, on November 16 at 5:15 pm, the interview volume Auf der Suche nach der Problemlösungsfähigkeit der Politik ("The search for problem-solving ability in politics") will be presented by Fritz W. Scharpf, Adalbert Hepp, and Susanne K. Schmidt. In a dialog with the two editors, the longstanding Director at the MPIfG explains his professional impact against the background of his personal history. Since the 1970s, Scharpf has had an impact on political science in Germany like no other; from the post-war period through the eurozone crisis, this volume offers insight into the thought process of a renowned political scientist. (A. Hepp, S. K. Schmidt [eds.], Auf der Suche nach der Problemlösungsfähigkeit der Politik: Fritz W. Scharpf im Gespräch. Campus 2017). more (in German)



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Journalists in Residence 2017/2018

Axel Bach, an independent television journalist for the channel WDR; Vivien Leue, an independent radio journalist who works mostly for Deutschlandradio; and Wolfgang Landmesser, a journalist in the WDR Program Group on the economy will be staying at the MPIfG as Journalists in Residence in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Axel Bach investigates economic theories and how they are entrenched in politics. Vivien Leue examines how monetary policy and financial reporting interact with each other. Wolfgang Landmesser will be taking a closer look at the social pillar in the EU, taking Greece as an example. With its Journalist in Residence Fellowship, the MPIfG offers journalists stays at the institute of up to three months. The aim is to aid dialog between the social sciences and society, and to promote journalism on social and political issues. Journalist in Residence Fellowship




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