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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

<strong>Growth strategies after crises: Gesellschaftsforschung 1|2022 is published</strong>

Economic growth is a fundamental prerequisite for the stability and legitimacy of capitalist economies. In her lead article in the new issue of the MPIfG’s German-language research magazine Gesellschaftsforschung, MPIfG researcher Arianna Tassinari presents her research on political growth strategies. more

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<strong>Growth strategies after crises: Gesellschaftsforschung 1|2022 is published</strong>

Economic growth is a fundamental prerequisite for the stability and legitimacy of capitalist economies. In her lead article in the new issue of the MPIfG’s German-language research magazine Gesellschaftsforschung, MPIfG researcher Arianna Tassinari presents her research on political growth strategies. more

“Regulating Transnational Labor”: Lecture series by MPIfG Scholar in Residence Karen Shire

Karen Shire has been the MPIfG Scholar in Residence since October 2021. During her stay, she is delivering a series of three lectures “Regulating Transnational Labor,” in which she discusses the possibilities and challenges for regulating cross-border labor mobility. more

<strong>Donato Di Carlo is Steering Committee member of ECPR’s “Political Economy and Welfare State Politics” Standing Group</strong>

Starting in May 2022, MPIfG Senior Researcher Donato Di Carlo has been appointed member of the Steering Committee of the “Political Economy and Welfare State Politics” Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). more

“The ‘Great Transformation’”: Joint conference with the German Economic Institute

This is the eleventh time that researchers from the MPIfG and the German Economic Institute (IW) have come together for a joint conference. The topic of the round table discussion on May 4, 2022, was “The ‘Great Transformation’: New Rules of the Game?” The contributions and discussions dealt with global change processes in the economy and politics. more

Osama Iqbal is new doctoral spokesperson

Osama Iqbal is new doctoral spokesperson 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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