International Max Planck Research School
on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
 


Our Faculty

Our faculty is made up of professors from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne. Five further members are affiliates.
 
Faculty Members
Affiliated Faculty Members
  • Jenny Andersson (Economic History)
  • Olivier Godechot (Sociology)
  • Ariane Leendertz (History; not available as advisor for new IMPRS doctoral students in 2018)
  • Mark Lutter (Sociology; not available as advisor for new IMPRS doctoral students in 2018)
  • Sigrid Quack (Sociology)
  • Karen Shire (Sociology)

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    Candidates who wish to work with Jenny Anderson or Olivier Godechot apply directly for doctoral positions at MaxPo (Max Planck SciencesPo Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies) in Paris. Open PhD-positions at MaxPo will be announced here. Information on our cotutelle program is available here.

 

 

 
Lucio Baccaro

Lucio Baccaro

Professor of Political Economy
Director at the Max Planck Institute
for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)
 
Phone + 49 221 2767-210
baccaro@mpifg.de


 
Lucio Baccaro is a political economist with an interdisciplinary research agenda focusing at the moment on growth models and their sociopolitical underpinnings and socioeconomic outcomes. He is interested in the main growth drivers of different national economies (e.g. net exports, debt-fueled consumption, real estate investment) and in the dominant social blocs underlying them. Social blocs are conceived of as coalitions of sectoral interests, which often cut across the class divide. Different social blocs may have different types of capital in hegemonic positions (e.g. export-oriented manufacturing, finance, construction, etc.). Baccaro's current research examines the crisis of wage-led growth; the trajectory of liberalization in various countries; the transition to expert-led growth; the emergence of a growth model based on easier access to debt; the viability of growth models that combine export drivers and consumption drivers; the politics of macroeconomic policy; and the political economy of the transition to high-value-added services.
 
Baccaro's other research interests include the comparative analysis of labor markets and industrial relations systems, the origins and effects of participatory and deliberative institutions, and reconstructing the system of beliefs of top economists based on their op-ed articles in newspapers. Baccaro's research is multimethod and combines econometric analysis with comparative case studies, but it also features the application of quantitative textual tools such as topic modeling and sentiment analysis as well as more micro approaches such as the analysis of large surveys and experiments.

 
Research Fields:
  • Comparative political economy
  • International political economy
  • Growth Models
  • Politics of macroeconomic policy
More about Lucio Baccaro...
 

 

 
Jens Beckert

Jens Beckert

Professor of Sociology
Director at the Max Planck Institute
for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)
 
Phone + 49 221 2767-216
beckert@mpifg.de


 
Professor Beckert's primary research interest is in the sociology of markets. He combines approaches from economics and sociology, with particular attention to the insights emerging from the new economic sociology. Using a theoretical framework that is both action-oriented and institution-oriented, he focuses on the social, institutional, and cultural embeddedness of the economy. His research aims at a sociological theory of economic action.
 
With his research group on markets at the MPIfG, Beckert looks at a wide spectrum of markets, focusing on such issues as the valuation of goods, cooperation among actors, the organization of competition, and, particularly, expectations of the future in decision making in the economy. While much of its research looks at legitimate markets, the group also investigates various illegal markets and their relationship to the legal economy. Dissertation project proposals on the role of expectations in the economy,  inheritance and wealth distribution, and the social and political consequences of increasingly low growth rates in highly developed economies are especially welcome.

 
Research Fields:
  • Economic sociology
  • Sociology of markets
  • Inheritance and wealth distribution
More about Jens Beckert...
 

 

 
Mark Ebers

Mark Ebers

Professor of Business Administration,
Corporate Development and Organization
University of Cologne

 
Phone + 49 221 470-5660
ebers@wiso.uni-koeln.de


 
Organizational research as conducted by Professor Ebers constitutes a critical addition to the School. Organizations are core actors that constitute important opportunities and constraints for economic action, both with organizations and in the wider institutional fields of which organizations are a part. At the same time, organizations generate, incorporate, and enact many of the institutional structures that influence economic action in society, on markets, and in political institutions. In this context, Professor Ebers is generally interested in how organizations are influenced by and influence their wider institutional  environment, how organizations are designed, how they change, and how they shape the actions of , and outcomes for, their stakeholders.
 
In his research, Professor Ebers has utilized a number of research methods, from survey research to qualitative case analyses. His research has examined a number of organizational phenomena, among them social capital, absorptive capacity, organizational ambidexterity, dynamic capabilities, organizational learning and innovation, post-merger integration processes, and entrepreneurship.


 
Research Fields:
  • Exploration, exploitation, and ambidexterity
  • Organizational design, and change
  • Entrepreneurial orientation and intent
  • Networks and social capital
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Martin Höpner

Martin Höpner

Head of Research Group "The Political Economy of European Integration" at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)
Adjunct Professor at the University of Cologne

 
Phone + 49 221 2767-188
hoepner@mpifg.de


 
Martin Höpner is head of the Research Group on "The Political Economy of European Integration" at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and Adjunct Professor (apl. Prof.) at the University of Cologne. The research group is located at the intersection of comparative political economy and integration research and analyzes European integration under conditions of political-economic heterogeneity. Of particular interest are conflicts within the Eurozone, tensions between political and judicial integration, the liberalization bias of European integration, various forms of interactions between private interests and European institutions and organizations, problems relating to the legitimacy of political action, and the balance between capitalist economy and social democracy in the European Union. Höpner's research interests also include the varieties-of-capitalism debate, industrial relations, and corporate governance from a comparative perspective.

 
Research Fields:
 
  • Comparative political economy of the EU
  • European Monetary Union
  • Judicial integration
  • Economic liberalization
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André Kaiser

André Kaiser

Professor of Comparative Politics
University of Cologne

 
Phone + 49 221 470-2852
andre.kaiser@uni-koeln.de


 
Professor Kaiser, who holds the chair in Comparative Politics, is broadly interested in the causes and effects of political institutions. Understanding the role of institutions is crucial for any analysis of the economy since political decisions still account for the most influential regulatory interventions in modern economies. Aimed at a positive theory of political insitutions, Professor Kaiser's research shows, among other things, how and why economic regulation does not follow a simple logic of efficiency.

 
Current research projects investigate the effects of federalism and decentralization on the economy and the supply and demand of political issues in democratic multilevel systems.

 
Research Fields:
  • Federalism, decentralization and policy making
  • Institutional stability and change in capitalist democracies
  • New political movements, new political parties and dynamics in representative democracies
  • Anglo-Saxon democracies and liberal market economies
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clemens Kroneberg

Clemens Kroneberg

Professor of Sociology
University of Cologne

 
Phone + 49 221 470-4406  c.kroneberg@uni-koeln.de


 
Clemens Kroneberg is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on action theory and social networks; social boundary-making and the integration of ethnic minorities; and crime and deviance. He has contributed to developing the Model of Frame Selection, an integrative theory of action that covers framing and dual processes, and applied it to altruism, crime, political participation, and trust. In general, he is interested in integrating rationalist and cultural-normativist approaches in the social sciences.

 
Currently, Kroneberg directs the ERC Starting Grant project "Social Integration and Boundary Making in Adolescence", which will trace how the recent influx of refugees is changing social boundary-making in Germany. In this context, he is looking for PhD students with a background in qualitative research who are interested in how headmasters, teachers, and parents' associations view and organize the social integration of a diverse student body. Candidates seeking to work in this area are especially invited to apply.
 
Research Fields:
  • Social boundary making
  • Integration of ethnic minorities
  • Crime and deviance
  • Social networks
  • Action theory
  • Analytical sociology
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Christine Trampusch

Christine Trampusch

Professor of International Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology
University of Cologne

 
Phone + 49 221 470-8807
christine.trampusch@uni-koeln.de


 
Professor Trampusch holds the Chair of International Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) at the University of Cologne. Her professorship is also the Liaison Chair to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Brückenprofessur). Her research covers studies on the social and political foundations of labor markets an financial markets in advanced capitalist democracies. In her work, she assumes that the analysis of capitalism comprises more than the analysis of exchange and allocation processes on markets. Currently, she (co-) leads three third-party funded research projects: "Municipalities and their Expectations on Pay-Offs of Swap Deals (MUSWAPS)", "GOVPET: Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training".
 
Her current research projects investigate the political economy of the relationship between public debt and financial markets, the origins and change of varieties of capitalism, the political economy of impacts of migration on skill systems and welfare states, and how the digital economy challenges industrial relations and public policies.

 
Research Fields:
  • Labor markets
  • Financial markets
  • Institutions
  • Policy analysis
  • Industrial relations
  • Welfare state
  • Financialization
  • Public Debt
More about Christine Trampusch ...
 

 

 
Jenny Andersson

Jenny Andersson

Co-Director at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies




jenny.andersson@sciencespo.fr


 
Jenny Andersson is co-director at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) and CNRS Research Professor at the Centre d'études européennes (CEE) in Paris. She holds a PhD in Economic History from Uppsala University and has held numerous international visiting fellowships. Among her publications are two books, Between Growth and Security: Swedish Social Democracy from a Strong Society to a Third Way (Manchester University Press, 2006) about the ideological transformation of Swedish social democracy after World War II; and The Library and the Workshop: Social Democracy and Capitalism in an Age of Knowledge (Stanford University Press, 2008). Andersson is the ERC Principal Investigator of FUTUREPOL, a Sciences Po project on the political history of the future, knowledge production and future governance in the post-war period. Her research is interdisciplinary, moving across ideational perspectives on political economy to political and intellectual history in the transnational and global field.

 

Candidates who wish to work with Jenny Andersson apply directly for doctoral positions at MaxPo (Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies) in Paris. Open PhD positions at MaxPo will be announced here. Information on our cotutelle program is available here.

 

 
Research Fields:
  • Political economy of contemporary social democracy
  • Histories of prediction
  • Expertise and global intellectual history
More about Jenny Andersson ...
 

 

 
Olivier Godechot

Olivier Godechot

Co-Director at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies



 
Phone + 33 1 45 49 86 72
olivier.godechot@sciencespo.fr


 
Olivier Godechot is an economic sociologist interested in the study of labor markets, especially finance and academic labor markets, as a means to understand the development of unequal exchange relations at work and their impact on the dynamics of inequality. He has studied the division of labor and ordinary rationalities in a trading room and compensation mechanisms in the financial industry. Extending his interest in labor markets to academia, he has also examined university hiring, in particular the impact of networks on recruitment. He has published four books on wages, finance, labor markets, and traders. Candidates with research projects on finance, academia, labor markets or inequalities are invited to apply.

 
Candidates who wish to work with Olivier Godechot apply directly for doctoral positions at MaxPo (Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies) in Paris. Open PhD-positions at MaxPo will be announced here. Information on our cotutelle program is available here.

 
Research Fields:
  • Labor markets in finance and academia
  • Dynamics of Inequality
More about Olivier Godechot ...
 

 

 
Ariane Leendertz

Ariane Leendertz

Head of Research Group "Economization of the Social and the History of Complexity" at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)

 
Phone + 49 221 2767-160
leendertz@mpifg.de


 
Ariane Leendertz is a modern historian who came to the MPIfG in 2012 from the Amerika-Institut at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Her research interests include twentieth century German and American history, the history of the social sciences, and intellectual history. Among the subjects she has dealt with are identification of historical breaking or turning points and the difficulties of writing recent history from the perspective of the present. She is particularly interested in understanding the developments that contributed to the end of the postwar order in the 1970s and their impact on contemporary social sciences, policymaking, and public debate. Her current research project focuses on the rise of discourse about complexity from the 1960s onward and the role it has played both in social science and public policy. Leendertz' research group investigates developments in the 1970s and 1980s that can be framed as "Ökonomisierung des Sozialen," (i.e., economic definitions of the social), such as the "marketization" of public and political discourse, economic conceptions of the self, and the social and cultural implications of the expansion of financial services.

 
Research Fields:
  • Intellectual History/ History of Ideas
  • Political History
  • History of the Social Sciences/ History of Knowledge

 
More about Ariane Leendertz...
 

 

 
Mark Lutter

Mark Lutter

Professor of Sociology
Wuppertal University
Faculty of Social Sciences

Phone + 49 202 439 21 68
lutter@uni-wuppertal.de


 
Mark Lutter is a quantitative economic sociologist with interests in political sociology, social inequality research, and organizational theory. His research largely focuses on how social structures (such as networks or social capital) affect outcomes in economic life. Currently, he is conducting research on the emergence of extreme inequalities in markets, so-called winner-take-all structures. He is Professor of Sociology at Wuppertal University.   .

 
Research Fields:
  • Economic sociology
  • Sociology of markets
  • Social capital and social networks
  • Diffusion processes
  • Social inequality
  • Organizational sociology
More about Mark Lutter ...
 

 

 
Sigrid Quack

Sigrid Quack

Professor of Comparative Sociology
University of Duisburg-Essen
Associate Head of Research Group "Institution building across borders" at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)
Director of the KHK/Centre for Global Cooperation Research

 
Phone + 49 203 379-4794
sigrid.quack@uni-due.de  


 
Sigrid Quack holds a Chair of Comparative Sociology and is a director of the KHK/Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She is  a sociologist with an interdisciplinary orientation and is broadly interested in the preconditions, actors and effects of the development of transnational institutions. Her research focuses on the constitution of epistemic and governance authority in cases of institution building characterized by the participation of private and civil society actors. She also studies the interplay of intended and emergent processes of institutionalization. Recent projects investigate the social and organizational practices that actors use to cope with regulatory uncertainties arising from the polycentric nature of transnational governance. Examples are projects on the organization of creative processes in the music and pharmaceutical industries in relation to intellectual property regulation; patterns of occupational mobility between NGOs in transnational labor markets; and recursive processes between rule-setting and the implementation of transnational standards and legal norms.

 
Research Fields:
  • Globalization and transnational institution building
  • Epistemic and governance authority
  • Social and organizational practices of coping with regulatory uncertainty
  • Recursivity of transnational and international legal norms
  • Comparative economic and organizational sociology
More about Sigrid Quack at the University of Duisburg-Essen...
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Karen Shire

Karen Shire

Professor of Comparative Sociology and Japanese Society
University of Duisburg-Essen

 
Phone + 49 203 379-4048
karen.shire@uni-due.de  


 
Karen Shire holds a Chair of Comparative Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where she is also a member of the Institute of East Asian Studies. Her research is broadly focused on the comparative-historical study of work and organizational change, and transformations of employment and social institutions. Her recent research aims to understand the interplay of national and transnational regulations in the governance of cross-border labor mobility and temporary labor migration. A component of concern of this research is the inter-regional comparative study of transnationalization processes in two world-regions, Europe on the one hand and East- and Southeast Asia on the other. Shire's on-going empirical research covers the re-regulation of temporary agency employment and its impact on the temporary migration of skilled labor, the relation between welfare markets and global markets for household and personal services, and the coordinating role of labor market intermediaries in legal and illegal markets for cross-border labor.

 
Research Fields:
  • Comparative/historical social institutionalism
  • Cross-border labor markets and transnational regulation
  • Gender, work, and organization
More about Karen Shire...

 

 

 




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