New research network launched in Chile

From November 2019 until November 2022, the “Socioeconomic Transformations Observatory of the MPIfG in Chile,” headed by Aldo Madariaga (Universidad Mayor, Chile) and Jens Beckert (MPIfG), will be researching current social and political transformations in Europe and Latin America that affect the future economy. The two regions exemplify different dynamics of capitalism and democracy. The research network is a cooperation project between the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the Centro de Economía y Políticas Sociales (CEAS) of Universidad Mayor, the Universidad Central de Chile, Universidad Diego Portales, and Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago de Chile. In 2019, the MPIfG and Universidad Central de Chile had already set up a joint international Max Planck Partner Group in Chile. It is headed by Felipe González and investigates the politics of economic expectations in the public sphere, drawing in its research on the fields of economic sociology and communication sciences.



Björn Bremer awarded Linz-Rokkan Prize

The European University Institute (EUI) has awarded its Linz-Rokkan Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in political science to Björn Bremer for “Austerity from the Left: The Fiscal Policies of Social Democratic Parties in Response to the Great Recession.” In his dissertation, Bremer explores why social democrats did not opt for a Keynesian approach in tackling the effects of the Great Recession after 2007. His work was praised for answering an important policy question and in particular for its thorough and clear presentation of the arguments and its use of what the jury referred to as an “impressive array of research methods.” The Linz-Rokkan Prize is awarded annually for the best EUI doctoral dissertation in a field of political sociology that deals with a topic relevant to the work of Juan Linz and Stein Rokkan EUI press release




Marina Hübner takes up post as advisor in the Federal Ministry of Finance

Marina Hübner, who was a doctoral and then postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG from 2014 to 2019, has been working as an advisor in the field of financial market policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin since October 2019. During her time at the MPIfG, her research included projects on the political economy of the European Capital Markets Union in the context of growth crisis and the eurocrisis and, together with Benjamin Braun, on challenges to democratic legitimacy in the euro area. Marina Hübner: Wenn der Markt regiert: Die Politische Ökonomie der Europäischen Kapitalmarktunion



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Martin Höpner is expert witness at Bundestag hearing on ECB bond purchase judgment

The German constitutional court’s judgment on purchases of government debt by the European Central Bank was the subject of a public hearing of the German Bundestag’s Committee on European Union Affairs on May 25. In its May 5 decision, the court in Karlsruhe ruled that the German parliament and federal government should seek to ensure that the ECB conduct a proportionality assessment of the bond purchases in the next three months. MPIfG Research Group Leader Martin Höpner was an expert witness at the hearing. In his written statement he urged the Bundestag to request a proportionality assessment from the ECB and to accompany the request with a declaration underscoring is respect for the independence of the ECB and making clear that it is not seeking special treatment for the Federal Republic. Höpner strongly advised against any action that might cause the conflict to escalate further.



Alina Marktanner awarded doctorate

Alina Marktanner was awarded her doctorate by the University of Cologne in April 2020. Her dissertation, “Vom Verbände- zum Beraterstaat? Unternehmensberater in der öffentlichen Verwaltung der Bundesrepublik, 1945 bis 2003,” explores how business consultants came to be political actors and how their consulting activities led to new political semantics and practices. Her research takes the consulting firms Kienbaum, McKinsey, and Roland Berger as example cases. From October 2015 to March 2020 Alina Marktanner was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG.



Alexandra Hees awarded doctorate

Alexandra Hees received her doctorate from the University of Cologne in April 2020. In her dissertation, “Eine ‘grüne’ Zukunft für Kunststoffe? Die Entwicklung von Märkten für Biokunststoffe,” she explores the tension between perceptions of the future and market creation processes, reconstructing the development of markets for bioplastics from the 1970s to the present day from an economic sociology and cultural sociology perspective. Her study contributes to the sociological understanding of the transformation of markets. Alexandra Hees was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) between October 2015 and March 2020 and is now Programme Associate at Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Zürich (ETH).



New colleagues in spring 2020

The MPIfG welcomed two new colleagues in spring 2020. On March 1, Sinisa Hadziabdic took up his post as Senior Researcher in Lucio Baccaro’s Political Economy of Growth Models project area. He is working in his research on how economic ideas shape attitudes toward different growth models. Before joining the MPIfG, Hadziabdic was a postdoctoral researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva. In the same project area, former student assistant Thomas Stevens has been working as a research assistant since April 1.



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