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05/2022 MaxPo Tenth-Anniversary and Closing Conference in October 2022 – MaxPo final report published maxpo report

In 2012, MaxPo set out to study how individuals, organizations and political systems attempt to cope with the high degree of strategic uncertainty in market societies. How do social life, the economy and politics reorganize to provide stability in a context where relationships, institutions and policies are torn between their original missions and economic imperatives? The findings produced in six research groups focus on new classification systems, the concentration of economic power and changing business–government relations, the transformation of social inequality in response to financialization and the way in which market societies envision the future. The themes correspond to the research groups led by the successive co-directors of the Max Planck Sciences Po Center, Marion Fourcade, Cornelia Woll, Olivier Godechot, and Jenny Andersson.

 

A conference taking place in Paris on October 21, 2022, will mark both the anniversary and the conclusion of the joint research endeavour that brought together the Max Planck Society and its Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne with Sciences Po in Paris and brings together the insights gathered on each of these topics over the last ten years. For more info please see the download links below.

 

To accompany the closing of the Center, MaxPo has published a final report which presents the research goals and achievements of MaxPo, its research projects, and its academic activities. This can be downloaded as a pdf file from the link below or a printed copy can be obtained by contacting info@maxpo.eu.

 

05/2022 Denys Gorbach awarded doctorate Apolline Taillandier doctorate

On April 22, 2022, Denys Gorbach successfully defended his PhD in Political Science. In his thesis The (Un)making of the Ukrainian Working Class: Everyday Politics and Moral Economy in a Post-Socialist City he analyzes how the Ukrainian working class relates to the world of politics. His ethnographic exploration focuses on the moral economy that constitutes the class and structures its relations with other social groups. He argues that the debilitating effect the postsocialist socioeconomic crisis had on the workers’ political agency was exacerbated by the paternalist mechanisms that emerged to attenuate the crisis. At the same time, the “oligarchic democracy” of the 2000s brought with it the moralization of politics and polarized it along the identitarian axes. These processes shaped the options for political participation available to workers: exploiting moralized ethnolinguistic hierarchies in individual distinction strategies or withdrawing altogether from the public into the private domain. Denys Gorbach was a doctoral fellow at MaxPo from 2017 to 2022 and is currently working as research and teaching assistant at Sciences Po Toulouse. He has been awarded a teaching fellowship at Sciences Po College in Reims which will start in September 2022.

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