International Cooperation

Germany and France - Cooperation with Sciences Po Paris

Culminating many years of collaboration in research and teaching between the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne and Sciences Po in Paris, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) opened its doors in fall 2012. In jointly founding the Center, the MPIfG and Sciences Po are taking a major step toward working together more closely.
Sciences Po is the leading social science university in France. Its nine interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research centers do research in the social and political sciences, economics, history, and law.
The Institute's cooperation with Sciences Po involves Sciences Po is one of the international partner institutions of the Institute's doctoral program, the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE).


Partner Group in Poland - Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life

The MPIfG and the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences have founded a joint international research group in Warsaw in 2017. Marcin Serafin is the group's head. The Max Planck Partner Group for the Sociology of Economic Life will do research on the social and institutional embedding of economic action, with a focus on the further development of the concept of "fictional expectations." Partner groups are a way to support young researchers from Max Planck Institutes who are returning to their countries of origin. The Max Planck Society cooperates with countries interested in strengthening their research through international cooperation.


Research Collaboration with Partners in Latin America

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

Felipe González, Universidad Central, Santiago de Chile
In 2019, the MPIfG and Universidad Central de Chile together set up an international Max Planck Partner Group in Chile. Led by Felipe González, the Partner Group will develop into a platform for exchange and networking with researchers in the region and promote the institutionalization of economic sociology in Chile. As its main area of interest, the Partner Group investigates the politics of economic expectations in the public sphere and draws in its research on the fields of economic sociology, and communication. Max Planck Partner Groups are established to support outstanding young researchers who have already held a position at a Max Planck Institute and are returning to their country of origin. The Max Planck Society works here with countries that are seeking to strengthen their research base through international collaboration.

Socioeconomic Transformations Observatory of the MPIfG in Chile

Aldo Madariaga (Universidad Mayor, Chile), Jens Beckert (MPIfG), Felipe González (Max-Planck-Partnergruppe Chile) und Jorge Atria (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)
Global processes such as financialization, automatization and robotics, climate change, rising inequalities, and the politics of populism have a significant impact on the functioning of capitalism and democracy. The answers given to these challenges in the next decades will significantly shape the future of the economy and of society as a whole. The Observatory intends to analyze contemporary transformations in three core realms affecting the future economy: the public sphere where expectations about economic processes are formed; policymaking processes where public interventions in the economy are decided; and the state as a key economic actor. Using an array of methodologies ranging from ethnographies of public policy to big data and comparative historical analysis, the project will focus on Europe and Latin America, two regions that represent different capitalist and democratic dynamics. Analyzing these transformations, the underlying political struggles, and the emerging imaginaries of the future will allow us to understand, propose, and construct future scenarios in which societies can rebalance economic dynamism with political representation, social cohesion, and environmental protection. The Observatory is run jointly by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, the Centro de Economía y Políticas Sociales (CEAS) of Universidad Mayor, the Universidad Central de Chile, Universidad Diego Portales, and Universidad Alberto Hurtado. It has received funding from the Agencia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo (Anid, Chile). Project duration: November 2019 to November 2022.



Partner Institutions of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS-SPCE)

Given the international character of research in comparative political economy, economic sociology and organization studies, international cooperation is crucial. The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE), the joint international PhD program of the MPIfG and the Department of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne, enables fellows to spend six months at an American, French or Italian partner institution or another academic institution abroad in order to gather international experience and develop their work in an international context. The IMPRS-SPCE also hosts PhD students from abroad, creating further opportunities for fellows to develop their skills and networks.


International Partner Institutions of the MPIfG

The MPIfG considers international cooperation to be the most productive organizational form of comparative research. Many visiting researchers make valuable contributions to its research program. The MPIfG is part of a worldwide network of research institutions and researchers in the social sciences. It cooperates closely with several research institutes abroad, including:

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