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Exploring the social and political foundations of modern economies

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies conducts basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between economic, social and political action. Using primarily an institutional approach, it examines how markets and business organizations are embedded in historical, institutional, political and cultural frameworks, how they develop, and how their social contexts change over time. The institute seeks to build a bridge between theory and policy and to contribute to political debate on major challenges facing modern societies.

Beyond Empty Spaces: Structure and Substance in the Implementation of Global Norms

Tim Bartley
Drawing on research on fair labor and sustainable forestry standards in Indonesia and China, Tim Bartley, Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University, will reveal the "on-the-ground" consequences of global norms and move toward a new theory of transnational governance. The substantive theory of transnational governance Bartley develops makes claims about the modal consequences of transnational rules, their intersections with existing forms of domestic governance, and some ways in which the content of rules matters.
Lecture on Tuesday, May 9, 5 pm
Lecture series "Rules and Rights in the Global Economy"
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