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International conference in Paris marks MaxPo’s fifth anniversary

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) welcomed some 70 participants to its fifth-anniversary conference on Destabilizing Orders - Understanding the Consequences of Neoliberalism on January 12-13, 2018, in Paris. International scholars presented their research on instability and inequality in capitalist societies in five panels. The conference program reflected the wide range of themes being investigated and methods being used at the Franco-German research center, which examines economic phenomena from the viewpoint of sociology and political science. In the concluding panel, MaxPo codirector Jenny Andersson, the two former co-directors of MaxPo, Marion Fourcade (now at UC Berkeley) and Cornelia Woll (now at Sciences Po), Marie-Laure Salles-Djelic from Sciences Po, and Wolfgang Streeck from the MPIfG discussed "Social Science at the Crossroads." An outgrowth of many years of collaboration between the MPIfG and the Parisian University Sciences Po, MaxPo has been conducting research since 2012 on the impact of increasing liberalization, technological advances, and cultural change on the stability of industrialized Western societies. Funded in equal parts by the Max Planck Society and Sciences Po and originally funded for five years, the Center will now be able to continue its research through 2022 based a successful evaluation in 2017.



Conference: "Is the engine of liberalization stalling?"

In January 2018, the project group "European Economic and Social Integration" held a meeting at the MPIfG. In discussing the key question of "Is the engine of liberalization stalling?" researchers from various institutions examined the state of the art of the reforms to the Economic and Monetary Union, for example with regard to the emerging Capital Markets Union. Additionally, several talks addressed the European free movement of persons and its impacts on the the social systems of member states. The group aims to enable cooperation between research projects that examine European integration from a political economy perspective and expects to run for several years. Taking part is the MPIfG research group "The Political Economy of European Integration," headed by Martin Höpner, two research projects from the University of Bremen, one from the University of Tübingen, and one from the European Policies research unit of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI).



Ursula Trappe new Administrative Director of the MPIfG

After 32 years as Administrative Director of the MPIfG, Jürgen Lautwein retired at the beginning of 2018. Ursula Trappe, previously the research coordinator, has taken over as Administrative Director. From now on, she will be responsible for organizing, planning, and managing the general administration of the Institute, such as human resources, finance issues, and purchasing. She will also advise and support the Directors in managing daily operations with regard to all administrative, organizational, and architectural affairs.



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