The MPIfG considers international cooperation to be the most promising organizational form of comparative research. Many visiting researchers make valuable contributions to its research program.
MPIfG is part of a worldwide network of research
institutions and researchers working in the social
sciences. It cooperates closely with several research
Postdoctoral Fellowships at the MPIfG
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) provides an attractive environment for postdoctoral researchers. It offers up to four postdoctoral fellowships a year. During their tenure fellows are expected to reside in Cologne and participate in the intellectual life of the institute. Postdoctoral fellows may do research on a topic of their choice. Their projects should relate to the substantive concerns of the institute's research program.
The MPIfG conducts advanced basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between social, economic and political action. Building on the disciplinary traditions of sociology and political science, the institute's research program aims to combine and develop the approaches of new economic sociology and comparative political economy.
Projects at the institute are clustered in four research areas:
- Sociology of Markets (led by Jens Beckert, director at MPIfG)
- Institutional Change in Contemporary Capitalism (led by Wolfgang Streeck, director at MPIfG)
- European Liberalization Policies (independent research group led by Martin Höpner)
- Institution Building across Borders (independent research group led by Sigrid Quack)