Lukas Arndt Awarded Doctorate

July 19, 2023

In June, H. Lukas R. Arndt successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Cologne and Sciences Po, Paris. In “Linking Wealth and Power: Unity and Political Action of the World’s Wealthiest Families and the Corporate Elite,” Arndt set out to develop a framework for an analysis of capitalist classes in the twenty-first century. Combining a large sample of the world’s largest corporations with data on super-rich individuals and families as well as firm lobbying in the EU and the US, he explored the extent to which the rich can be understood as part of a capitalist class in and of itself. In his research he traced the structural class positions of the global super-rich in corporate networks and examined what influence they have on their firms’ lobbying activities. Arndt was a doctoral researcher on the joint cotutelle program between Sciences Po, Paris, and the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) in Cologne from 2018.

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