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 MPIfG − Research cooperation

 

Max Planck Partner Group for the Study of the Economy and the Public


Head: Felipe González, Universidad Central, Santiago de Chile
 

 
Economic sociology is an emerging field in Latin America, and Chile is currently hosting a significant number of young scholars that have devoted their careers to developing the “social studies of the economy” field. The goal of the Partner Group for the Study of the Economy and the Public is to promote the institutionalization of economic sociology in Chile, supporting research activities and collaboration between the Faculty of Economics, Government and Communications at the Universidad Central de Chile and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. The main area of study of the Partner Group is the politics of economic expectations in the public sphere. Economic expectations define social and political processes beyond the economic sphere, such as electoral outcomes, changes in public opinion, and decision-making among policymakers. Research conducted by the Partner Group will draw on the fields of economic sociology, social media, and communication studies to investigate how actors in the economy and politics interact with the media to shape the way ordinary citizens perceive distant economic processes that are the basis of their expectations. The second area of investigation is the financialization of households and the politics of debt. Worldwide, governments have relied on financial deregulation and the extension of credit as a way to provide public goods. The Partner Group investigates the social and political conflicts that arise from the financialization of social policy, as well as the relationship between debt, social structure, and inequality.
 

 

 

 

 
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