Academic Freedom in Polarized Times
November 21 + 22, 2024 | The contributions to the 17th Annual Colloquium of the MPIfG will explore academic freedom and the challenges it faces in contemporary times. What tensions exist for institutions and those who work in them? What role can science play in increasingly polarized public debates? And what are the implications of these developments for the future of research in Germany? We invite experts, stakeholders, and members of the public to discuss these questions with us. The exact program will be published in September.
MPIfG Discussion Paper: Talking Exports: The Representation of Germany’s Current Account in Newspaper Media
Andreas Maschke uses quantitative and qualitative text analyses to examine the discourse on the German current account surplus in seven national newspapers. The results show that the German surpluses are a controversial topic in the various newspapers.  Surprisingly, the newspapers published relatively few articles openly defending the German surpluses after 2014. The article discusses this finding and places it in the current literature on growth models in comparative political economy.
Scholar in Residence Lecture Series
This year’s Scholar in Residence is Basak Kus, Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, who joins the MPIfG in March for a four-month stay. Kus teaches and writes about the interplay between the state, capitalism, and democracy, particularly in the United States, and how governments respond to crises and risks across fields such as finance, climate change, and national security.
The first lecture will take place on May 28. The next ones will follow on June 4 and 18.


Verkaufte Zukunft: Warum der Kampf gegen den Klimawandel zu scheitern droht
Wege aus dem Kapitalismus? Autorengespräche mit Colin Crouch, Nancy Fraser, Claus Offe, Wolfgang Streeck und Joseph Vogl
Austerity from the Left: Social Democratic Parties in the Shadow of the Great Recession
Dealing in Uncertainty: Insurance in the Age of Finance
The Rise of Central Banks: State Power in Financial Capitalism
Behördenconsulting: Unternehmensberater in der öffentlichen Verwaltung der Bundesrepublik, 1970er- bis 2000er-Jahre
Capital Claims: Power and Global Finance
Democracy at Work: Contract, Status and Post-Industrial Justice
Architectures of Hope: Infrastructural Citizenship and Class Mobility in Brazil’s Public Housing
Der erschöpfte Staat: Eine andere Geschichte des Neoliberalismus
Diminishing Returns: The New Politics of Growth and Stagnation
Recoding Power: Tactics for Mobilizing Tech Workers
Zwischen Globalismus und Demokratie: Politische Ökonomie im ausgehenden Neoliberalismus
Critical Encounters: Capitalism, Democracy, Ideas
Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, and Calculation in the Economy
MPIfG Discussion Papers
MPIfG Discussion Papers present results from ongoing research and contribute to current scholarly and public debate. They are subject to internal peer review and published open access.
MPIfG Journal Articles
Articles by MPIfG researchers that have previously been published in peer-reviewed journals are published online in the MPIfG Journal Articles series.
Nicoli, Francesco, David van der Duin, Roel Beetsma, Björn Bremer, Brian Burgoon, Theresa Kuhn, Maurits J. Meijers, Anniek de Ruijter
Closer during Crises? European Identity during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. In: Journal of European Public Policy, 2024.
Braun, Benjamin, Donato Di Carlo, Sebastian Diessner, Maximilian Düsterhöft
Structure, Agency, and Structural Reform: The Case of the European Central Bank. In: Perspectives on Politics, 2024.
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