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New Research Group on Contested Ecologies of Capitalist Democracies

The beginning of the new year also marked the beginning of a new research group at the MPIfG. Led by Leon Wansleben, Contested Ecologies of Capitalist Democracies turns its attention to one of the most urgent challenges facing contemporary society today: climate change and its consequences. more

Petra Pinzler is New MPIfG Journalist in Residence

The MPIfG’s Journalist in Residence between January and April this year is Petra Pinzler. After studying economics, politics, and journalism, Pinzler has been with the German weekly Die Zeit since 1994 and spent time as a correspondent in Washington, D.C., and Brussels before joining the paper’s Berlin office in 2008. She writes mainly on environmental and economic affairs. more

Monica Bolelli Awarded Doctorate

In December 2023 Monica Bolelli successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In “Subcontracting on the Premises: The Subcontracting of Labor-Intensive Functions in Northern Italy,” she explored the practice of appalto (subcontracting) in the Italian economy. more

<strong>Michael Kemmerling Receives Doctorate</strong>

Michael Kemmerling was awarded his doctorate in December 2023 by the University of Cologne. In his dissertation, “Unternehmensmacht im digital(isiert)en Kapitalismus” (Business power in digital capitalism), he explores the fundamental changes that capitalism has undergone in the process of digitalization. more

Arbeiterkammer Wien Prize for Daria Tisch

Daria Tisch, a senior researcher in the MPIfG’s Wealth and Social Inequality Research Focus, was the recipient of one of two commendations awarded in November 2023 as part of an Arbeiterkammer Wien essay competition. more

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New Research Group on Contested Ecologies of Capitalist Democracies

The beginning of the new year also marked the beginning of a new research group at the MPIfG. Led by Leon Wansleben, Contested Ecologies of Capitalist Democracies turns its attention to one of the most urgent challenges facing contemporary society today: climate change and its consequences. more

Petra Pinzler is New MPIfG Journalist in Residence

The MPIfG’s Journalist in Residence between January and April this year is Petra Pinzler. After studying economics, politics, and journalism, Pinzler has been with the German weekly Die Zeit since 1994 and spent time as a correspondent in Washington, D.C., and Brussels before joining the paper’s Berlin office in 2008. She writes mainly on environmental and economic affairs. more

Monica Bolelli Awarded Doctorate

In December 2023 Monica Bolelli successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In “Subcontracting on the Premises: The Subcontracting of Labor-Intensive Functions in Northern Italy,” she explored the practice of appalto (subcontracting) in the Italian economy. more

<strong>Michael Kemmerling Receives Doctorate</strong>

Michael Kemmerling was awarded his doctorate in December 2023 by the University of Cologne. In his dissertation, “Unternehmensmacht im digital(isiert)en Kapitalismus” (Business power in digital capitalism), he explores the fundamental changes that capitalism has undergone in the process of digitalization. more

Arbeiterkammer Wien Prize for Daria Tisch

Daria Tisch, a senior researcher in the MPIfG’s Wealth and Social Inequality Research Focus, was the recipient of one of two commendations awarded in November 2023 as part of an Arbeiterkammer Wien essay competition. 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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Zsófia Barta | The Logic of Credit

Zsófia Barta | The Logic of Credit

Podcast January 10, 2024

The lecture will explain how rating agencies award sovereign ratings; why they impose penalties on certain political and policy choices; why they are in a position to interfere with politics and policy in the first place; and why it is unlikely that these unelected, unappointed, unaccountable profit-seeking institutions would be stripped of their power, which rivals that of institutions at the peak of global governance, like the IMF or the World Bank. more

Laura Seelkopf | The Politics of Climate Taxation

There is broad consensus about the need for an effective climate policy. Based on a series of survey experiments across the EU and in Germany, Laura Seelkopf discusses the drivers of support for (or opposition to) climate taxation. more

Dorothee Bohle | Under the Radar: Women in (Comparative) Political Economy

The talk takes builds on the opportunity offered by of the first Max Planck Summer School for Women in Political Economy to reflect on the place of women in the field of CPE. more

Simone Dietrich | States, Markets, and Foreign Aid

Why do some donor governments pursue international development through recipient governments, while others bypass such local authorities? Weaving together scholarship in political economy, public administration, and historical institutionalism, Simone Dietrich will argue in her talk that the bureaucratic institutions of donor countries shape donor–recipient interactions differently despite similar international and recipient country conditions. more

Mark Schwartz | Scholar in Residence Lecture 3: The Dollar and Its (Lack of) Rivals: A Balance Sheet of Imperial Monetary Power

This last lecture considers challenges to the US dollar from the yen, euro, and renminbi, as well as the possibility of a simple collapse of the global monetary system into competing trade and monetary blocs. more

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