Max Planck Online Workshop in Comparative Political Economy (MAX CPE)

Call for Papers 2023–2024

The Max Planck Online Workshop in Comparative Political Economy (MAX CPE) is an online seminar series in Comparative Political Economy, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and coordinated by Pálma Polyák, Sinisa Hadziabdic, Björn Bremer, Dustin Voss, Saila Stausholm, and Lucio Baccaro.

Inspired by the success of online seminars in neighboring fields, this online seminar series was launched in January 2021 to foster exchanges, connections, and conversations in the global community of scholars of Comparative Political Economy (CPE) and beyond. MAX CPE provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research in CPE, taking advantage of the online format to transcend the usual territorial boundaries.

For the next academic year, we again invite proposals for paper presentations from scholars working on all aspects of Comparative Political Economy, broadly understood as the comparative study of advanced and emerging capitalist political economies, underpinned by a common concern with embedding the analysis of economic phenomena within the social and political realms.

The seminar series is open to all geographical and historical contexts as well as all methodological and theoretical approaches. We welcome proposals for papers on diverse themes such as comparative capitalism, financialization, inequality, industrial relations, growth models, welfare states and social policy, as well as topics at the intersection between comparative and international political economy. We especially encourage contributions from early career scholars, women, people of color, and other under-represented groups in the discipline.

The seminar series will continue in October 2023. Seminars will be scheduled monthly, usually on Wednesday at 3 pm CET, and last 90 minutes. After a presentation lasting around 30 minutes, a discussant provides initial comments, followed by time for questions and comments from the audience. Papers will be circulated in advance to registered participants, and we aim to build a network of regular participants.

If you would like to present a paper, please send a proposed title, an extended abstract up to 1000 words, by September 15, 2023 to: If you would like to attend, please sign up to our e-mail list.

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