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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.

Vietnamese and Germans in the BRD and the DDR

Peter van der Veer
Migration studies generally assume that refugees and other migrants are ethnic outsiders who have to be integrated (or assimilated) into a stable host society. The German case does not fit that assumption. Peter van der Veer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, problematizes the assertion by politicians that Germany is not a country of migrants, and he compares the reception of South and North Vietnamese migrants in the BRD and the DDR.
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