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Exploring the social and political foundations of modern economies

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies conducts 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 economic, social and political action. Using primarily an institutional approach, it examines how markets and business organizations are embedded in historical, institutional, political and cultural frameworks, how they develop, and how their social contexts change over time. The institute seeks to build a bridge between theory and policy and to contribute to political debate on major challenges facing modern societies.

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Leibniz Prize to Jens Beckert

Jens Beckert
Jens Beckert was awarded the 2018 Leibniz Prize. He is being honored for his work in reinvigorating the social sciences with an interdisciplinary perspective, especially in the intersection of sociology and economics - two disciplines that have long developed on largely separate paths. Conferred by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and providing each recipient with up to 2.5 million euros in research funding, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most prestigious research award in Germany. Jens Beckert received the Leibniz Prize in Berlin on March 19, 2018. MPIfG Press Release | Dec. 14, 2017
Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize winner 2018
"Imagined Futures" - recent book by Jens Beckert
Short film portrait (in German)

economic sociology

Issue 19(2)/2018 Now Out: "The laws of economics"

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