The Rise of Central Banks: Book Discussion with Leon Wansleben
In his new book, The Rise of Central Banks: State Power in Financial Capitalism, Leon Wansleben gives a groundbreaking account of the origins and consequences of central banks’ increasing influence over economic policy. Join us in Cologne on March 30 for a book discussion with author Leon Wansleben, Jens Beckert, Benjamin Braun, Greta Krippner, and Matthias Thiemann. Please register by sending an email to


The Role of Imagined Futures in South Africa's Transition from Apartheid, 1976–1996

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Political Opposition to Foreign Home Ownership

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Fields of Research
Aiming to combine and develop the approaches of economic sociology, comparative and international political economy, and organization studies, the School’s research investigates the complex linkages between economic and social action.

Our Students
The IMPRS-SPCE admits up to eight students a year. The ability to do scholarly work in English is a prerequisite for admission. We welcome students from Germany and abroad.

Living in Cologne
Based at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in the heart of southern Cologne (the Südstadt) and the University of Cologne, graduate students at the IMPRS-SPCE can start to explore Germany from their local Severin and Sülz neighborhoods.
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