In the News

Here, background information from MPIfG research projects sheds light on topics currently of interest to the public. Most of the information is in German.
  • How Fictional Expectations Drive Modern Economies
    In a capitalist system, consumers, investors, and corporations orient their activities toward a future that contains opportunities and risks. How do actors assess this uncertainty?
  • Financial Market Crisis, Euro Crisis and National Budgets
    MPIfG researchers put forward their views for discussion on current developments in the capitalist economic system.
  • Contemporary Capitalism
    MPIfG researchers discuss contemporary capitalism in light of the crises in the financial market and democratic politics.
  • Illegal Markets: A New Field of Research in Economic Sociology
    They are forbidden, and yet revenues equal to around thirty percent of the German GDP are generated at illegal markets around the world. How are such markets organized?
  • Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism
    In "Buying Time," Wolfgang Streeck explores the prospects for a restoration of social and economic stability. First published in 2013, the book has sparked debate in the social sciences and the media at large in Germany and Europe, and recently in North and South America as well.
  • Inherited Wealth?

    The wealth of Germany's post World War II generation is being passed on. Under conditions of long-term economic prosperity, a generation has been able, for the first time in the twentieth century, to acquire wealth and pass it on to the next. How this wealth is being inherited reflects and influences our social order. At the same time, a range of controversial issues are emerging around inherited wealth – including the question of whether inheritance tax can be used to counter growing social injustice.
  • Is Falling Participation in Elections a Danger to Democracy?
    Recent elections have revealed that a large part of the electorate stay away from the ballot box. Reasons cited for the low turnout are the EU's remoteness, its excessive bureaucracy and high regulation. The fall is at times dramatic and if it continues, voting will be reduced to an activity for a politically interested minority.


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MPIfG - In the News | [Last updated 19.02.2018]