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Diminishing Returns: New Book by Lucio Baccaro

July saw the publication of a new MPIfG Book edited by Institute director Lucio Baccaro, Mark Blyth (Brown University in Providence), and Jonas Pontusson (University of Geneva). Diminishing Returns: The New Politics of Growth and Stagnation (OUP, 2022) picks up on the recent debate on “secular stagnation” and the host of new problems associated with it, such as financial instability and erosion of the established party system. more

Marion Fourcade Awarded Siegfried Landshut Prize 2021

Marion Fourcade, External Scientific Member of the MPIfG, was presented with the Siegfried Landshut Prize 2021 by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) during the Siegfried Landshut Lectures on June 27 of this year. The prize is awarded in memory of the German Jewish political scientist Siegfried Landshut, who was instrumental during his lifetime in establishing a historically oriented social science in Germany. more

Maria Ioannis Baganha Best Dissertation Award for Hannah Pool

On June 30, during the 19th Annual Conference of IMSCOE (International Migration Research Network) in Oslo, Hannah Pool received the prestigious Maria Ioannis Baganha Best Dissertation Award. The award has been presented annually since 2010 to honor outstanding dissertations in the field of international migration research. more

Hannah Pool Receives Albert Ballin Award for Globalization Research

In May of this year, MPIfG postdoctoral researcher Hannah Pool was presented the Albert Ballin Award for Globalization Research by Hapag-Lloyd AG for her dissertation “‘Doing the Game’: The Moral Economy of Coming to Europe.” She received the 5,000-euro prize during an academic conference to mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG). more

Georg Rilinger Joins MIT Sloan School of Management

Georg Rilinger is taking up a new post in July as assistant professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions in its field. Rilinger was a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG from 2020 to June 2022. more

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Diminishing Returns: New Book by Lucio Baccaro

July saw the publication of a new MPIfG Book edited by Institute director Lucio Baccaro, Mark Blyth (Brown University in Providence), and Jonas Pontusson (University of Geneva). Diminishing Returns: The New Politics of Growth and Stagnation (OUP, 2022) picks up on the recent debate on “secular stagnation” and the host of new problems associated with it, such as financial instability and erosion of the established party system. more

Marion Fourcade Awarded Siegfried Landshut Prize 2021

Marion Fourcade, External Scientific Member of the MPIfG, was presented with the Siegfried Landshut Prize 2021 by the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (HIS) during the Siegfried Landshut Lectures on June 27 of this year. The prize is awarded in memory of the German Jewish political scientist Siegfried Landshut, who was instrumental during his lifetime in establishing a historically oriented social science in Germany. more

Maria Ioannis Baganha Best Dissertation Award for Hannah Pool

On June 30, during the 19th Annual Conference of IMSCOE (International Migration Research Network) in Oslo, Hannah Pool received the prestigious Maria Ioannis Baganha Best Dissertation Award. The award has been presented annually since 2010 to honor outstanding dissertations in the field of international migration research. more

Hannah Pool Receives Albert Ballin Award for Globalization Research

In May of this year, MPIfG postdoctoral researcher Hannah Pool was presented the Albert Ballin Award for Globalization Research by Hapag-Lloyd AG for her dissertation “‘Doing the Game’: The Moral Economy of Coming to Europe.” She received the 5,000-euro prize during an academic conference to mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (HAPAG). more

Georg Rilinger Joins MIT Sloan School of Management

Georg Rilinger is taking up a new post in July as assistant professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions in its field. Rilinger was a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG from 2020 to June 2022. more

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Clientelism and Electoral Dominance in Turkey

Düzgün Arslantaş more

German voters and Eurobonds

Lucio Baccaro, Björn Bremer, Erik Neimanns more

Europe and Brexit: “Emphasize social and joint culture”

Lisa Suckert, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, plädiert für eine differenziertere Wahrnehmung der Brexit-Kampagne und der ökonomischen Identität Großbritanniens. Doch auch die EU sei gefragt: Sie müsse sich verändern, um die Bedürfnisse von Austrittsbefürwortern innerhalb der EU besser zu verstehen, gegenzusteuern und den europäischen Zusammenhalt zu stärken. more

“Keep the future open”

Seit jeher versuchen Menschen, die Zukunft vorherzusehen: aus Träumen, aus den Sternen oder mithilfe von Karten und Würfeln. Heute scheinen die Bedingungen für verlässliche Vorhersagen dank großer Datenbanken und computergestützter Auswertung besser denn je. Akos Rona-Tas warnt jedoch vor zu viel Vertrauen in die neuen Prognosetechniken. Der Soziologieprofessor an der University of California San Diego, der im Sommersemester 2018 Scholar in Residence am Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Köln war, befasst sich mit den Schattenseiten moderner Wahrsagung. more

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Karen Shire | Scholar in Residence Lecture 3: Trafficked, Forced, and Informalized Labor

Karen Shire | University of Duisburg-EssenScholar in Residence Lecture Part 3While the discussion of regulatory pathways in this series of lectures so far has attributed challenges to gaps in international conventions and national/sectoral regulations, in this domain, international rules and normative principles are extensive and widely shared. Moreover, extreme exploitation is not confined to the institutionally thinner labor market contexts of the developing world. The available statistics suggest that a large share of trafficked labor is situated in Europe and occurs between the EU member states.Download SlidesTalk ReferencesDownload Podcast more

Karen Shire | Scholar in Residence Lecture 2: Cross-Border Labor Market Intermediaries

In this second lecture Shire draws on global historical research to show how the creation and maintenance of an industrial labor force was rooted in forms of indentured migrant labor, recruited and transported by profit-taking intermediaries. more

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou | Speculative Communities: Living with Uncertainty in a Financialized World

From staggeringly expensive tech IPOs to big bets on the derivatives market, speculation has gripped the financial world. As sociologist Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou argues, however, speculative thinking has had the greater impact, shaping our larger social and political lives. As ordinary people make exceptional decisions, such as the American election of a populist demagogue or the British vote to leave the European Union, they are moving from time-honored and -tested practices of governance toward the speculative promise of a new, more uncertain future. As Speculative Communities shows, even our methods of building community have shifted to the speculative realm as social media platforms enable and amplify our volatile wagers. more

Karen Shire | Scholar in Residence Lecture 1: Theorizing Regulatory Challenges of Transnational Labor

While national economies may rely on different growth models, they are all going through a similar “digital transformation.” Telecommunications and IT firms are at the forefront of these developments – responsible for building and servicing networks and data storage infrastructure; and developing and selling new AI- and cloud-based tools to businesses. This talk will look at how labor unions are influencing the strategies of telecom and IT firms in this growing industry. more

Viginia Doellgast | Exit, Voice, and Solidarity in the Digital Economy

While national economies may rely on different growth models, they are all going through a similar “digital transformation.” Telecommunications and IT firms are at the forefront of these developments – responsible for building and servicing networks and data storage infrastructure; and developing and selling new AI- and cloud-based tools to businesses. This talk will look at how labor unions are influencing the strategies of telecom and IT firms in this growing industry. more

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