Laura Einhorn awarded doctorate

In July 2020, Laura Einhorn received her doctorate, with distinction, for “Changing Diets and Food Moralities: The Social Stratification of Meat Consumption in Germany.” In her dissertation, she reveals socioeconomic divisions that exist between consumption patterns and asks to what extent individualization theories are valid. Her study makes it clear that differences in consumption are not simply based on information asymmetry, disinterest, or even morality and highlights the importance of the symbolic dimension of consumption practices for people in different socioeconomic positions. Laura Einhorn was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) from 2016 to 2020.



Kristina Gushchina awarded doctorate

Kristina Gushchina was awarded her doctorate by the University of Cologne in July 2020. In her dissertation project Gushchina researched the political representation of women in the post-Soviet space and factors influencing their (re-)election. Although women have been shown to be heavily underrepresented in state agencies, there has hitherto been no consensus among scholars as to the factors that are responsible for this situation. The fifteen countries of the post-Soviet space in particular are among those regions in which little research has been done to date. The dissertation aimed to close this gap with the first quantitative longitudinal study of factors impacting on women’s political representation in these countries. Kristina Gushchina was a doctoral student at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy and the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) at the University of Cologne between 2016 and 2020.



COVID-19 survey module to be part of European Social Survey

A survey module developed by Kostas Gemenis, a senior researcher at the MPIfG, and Levente Littvay from the Central European University, European University Institute, has been selected for the tenth round of the European Social Survey (ESS). The researchers have put together a set of questions covering government rule compliance and attitudes towards COVID-19 conspiracy theories. The ESS is a cross-national scientific survey that has been conducted throughout Europe since it was first established in 2001. It gathers data on attitudes and behavioral patterns among the population in more than thirty European countries and has earned international recognition as a comparative study for ist high methodological standards. The survey data are freely available for non-commercial use. A fixed core questionnaire is accompanied by changing thematic modules that are selected before each new round of the survey. The next ESS begins in September 2020. ESS press release: COVID-19 questions selected for Round 10




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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