06/11/2019 Career news fall 2019 van der Graaf






Three MaxPo doctoral fellows have important career moves to share. Congratulations!


Recent MaxPo doctoral graduate in Sociology Anne van der Graaf (2018) was accepted into the prestigious Graduate Programme of the European Central Bank (ECB). This two-year program for recent postgraduate degree holders provides participants with work experience and an insight into the ECB’s tasks and working methods. Participants also gain an overview of the policy-making processes at the ECB and are assigned an experienced staff member who will act as a mentor and provide guidance.


In September 2019 Andreas Eisl, MaxPo doctoral candidate in Political Science, began his post as research fellow on European economic policy at the Institut Jacques Delors in Paris, where he is part of a Horizon 2020 project entitled EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability (EU IDEA).


Following the successful defense of his dissertation in October 2019, MaxPo doctoral graduate in Sociology Francesco Findeisen is the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée (CEE) at Sciences Po from September 2019 through February 2022. The fellowship is part of the international ORA-ESRC research project, co-directed by University College London, University of Amsterdam, and Sciences Po, entitled: What is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production (WHIG), which at Sciences Po is coordinated by Patrick Le Galès.


25/10/2019 Jenny Andersson receives substantial grant for research program on Neoliberalism in the Nordics Andersson


Jenny Andersson, Associate Fellow at MaxPo, has received a substantial grant of SEK 33,100,000 (approximately 3 million euros) from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. With this grant, she will conduct a research program on "Neoliberalism in the Nordics: Developing an Absent Theme" at Uppsala University in the coming years. The aim of the program is to develop an understanding of the role of the welfare state and a set of political alliances surrounding and including social democracy, not merely as the targets of neoliberal critique but as the vehicles of a specific Nordic variant of neoliberalism. By building a strong team of intellectual, conceptual, political, economic, social and cultural historians working across Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, the program will develop a new research theme around the expressions of neoliberalism in the Northern European periphery. Jenny Andersson was a co-director at MaxPo from 2015 to 2019 and is currently a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University.


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25/10/2019 Francesco Findeisen awarded doctorate Francesco Findeisen doctorate


Francesco Findeisen doctorate

Francesco Findeisen was awarded his doctorate at Sciences Po on October 25, 2019. In his thesis Financing Metropolitan Infrastructure Delivery: The Politics of Governance in London and New York City he analyzes the implementation of four infrastructure projects the two city’s transit and environment sectors to probe collective action capacities in metropolitan territories. He demonstrates that globalization opens structural opportunities for metropolitan governments to reassert policy authority within their territories and concludes that providing public infrastructures today requires state and local actors to create investment settings that forge meaningful relationships with large firms and investors between responsibilities, risks, and rewards. From 2014 to 2019, Francesco Findeisen was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris.

12/09/2019 On Thomas Piketty’s Political Science Piketty-lecture



In his forthcoming book Capital and Ideology (Harvard University Press 2020) Thomas Piketty examines the politics that have allowed inequalities to arise, be justified and sustained across history. A momentous analysis of epic proportions that was recently published in French as Capital et Idéologie (Seuil 2019), the book tackles some of the most fundamental themes in history and political science and challenges conventional wisdoms in both of these fields.


The political science of Thomas Piketty was the subject of a wide-ranging discussion in January 2019 during an event sponsored by MaxPo, the CEVIPOF, and the CEE. Piketty's analysis, which now constitutes the fourth part of his book, is dissected by Martial Foucault, Nonna Mayer, and Jan Rovny in a lively discussion available online.


Watch the podcast if you are wondering whether Thomas Piketty will transform the way political scientists see their own field, as Branko Milanovic suggests in a recent review.


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06/09/2019 Cornelia Woll Is MaxPo Co-Director Woll

As of September 2019, Cornelia Woll is the new co-director at MaxPo. Succeeding Jenny Andersson, she returns to the position she held from 2012 to 2015, co-directing the Center together with Olivier Godechot. Cornelia Woll is Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po and a researcher at the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE). Her work focuses on comparative and international political economy, in particular business-government relations and economic policy in Europe and the United States. At MaxPo, she will continue her research on the politics of finance, studying the dynamics of financial market regulation, the political influence of large companies and the constraints financialized economies place on political processes.


Before joining Sciences Po, Cornelia Woll was a postdoctoral and doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), Cologne. She holds a habilitation from the University of Bremen, a binational PhD from the University of Cologne and Sciences Po and a MA and BA from the University of Chicago. In 2018, she held the Alfred Grosser Chair of the Goethe University Frankfurt and was a visiting fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 2011/12.


Her books The Power of Inaction: Bank Bailouts in Comparison (2014) and Firm Interests: How Governments Shape Business Lobbying on Global Trade (2008) were both published by Cornell University Press. Other work has examined economic patriotism, dynamics of European integration and interest group politics.


Jenny Andersson stepped down from her co-directorship after four successful and productive years in order to pursue a long-term research stay at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden and Uppsala University. She remains CNRS Research Professor in the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) at Sciences Po, Paris, and an Associated MaxPo Fellow for the duration of the current research program.

06/09/2019 Jan Boguslawski and Mattia Lupi: Two new doctoral researchers Boguslawski



Two new doctoral researchers in Political Science arrived at MaxPo in September 2019. Jan Boguslawski obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History from University Col-lege London in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Economic Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2015. He has also studied financial law at the Universi-ty of Warsaw. Before joining MaxPo, Jan worked as a political consultant in Warsaw. Jan’s doctoral research project at MaxPo will examine the impact of ideological factors upon the design of selected welfare policies in twenty-first century Poland, and explore how they have facilitated the local rise of household financialization. Mattia Lupi holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from LUISS University, Rome, and received a Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations from Roma Tre University. His research interests include political history, polit-ical economy and the politics of central banking. His research project aims to assess the interplay between the Bank of Italy and the political elite between the 1970s and early 1990s when major political, institutional, and financial changes occurred. In particular, he will study how the consolidation of the autonomy of Italy’s central bank in the face of the Treasury took place and how this influenced the historical development of Italy in the context of globalization and EU integration.

01/09/2019 New member on MaxPo's Joint Council: Florence Haegel Haegel

Florence Haegel, Director of the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), Sciences Po, Paris, is a new member member of the Joint Council of MaxPo. She replaces Patrick Le Galès, who withdrew from his role in June 2019. The Joint Council advises MaxPo directors on work at the Center as well as on the selection of research projects and staff.


06/02/2019 States, Sectors, Firms, Growth: PhD seminar May 21–23, 2019, in Paris MaxPo

MaxPo and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) are welcoming proposals from PhD students to participate in a doctoral seminar to be held on May 21–23 at Sciences Po in Paris. Taught in English by Professors Lucio Baccaro (MPIfG) and Olivier Godechot (MaxPo/Sciences Po) with additional invited senior guest speakers, the seminar is open to current PhD students. The primary goal of the doctoral seminar is to discuss new research directions regarding capitalism emerging from two disciplinary areas: economic sociology and political economy. A maximum of twenty students will be admitted to the seminar. Preference is given to students from Sciences Po, the IMPRS-SPCE, and their cooperation partners. No specific fees will be charged for the course, which is financed by a grant from the Université franco-allemande – Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (UFA/DFH).


06/02/2019 Thomas Piketty held Impromptu Lecture at MaxPo MaxPo






On January 24, in front of an audience of around 100 participants, economist Thomas Piketty discussed his paper Brahmin Left versus Merchant Right: Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict (WID.world Working Paper No. 2018/7) Piketty showed a striking long-run evolution in the structure of political cleavages. In the 1950s–1960s, the vote for left-wing parties was associated with lower education and lower income voters. It has gradually become associated with higher education voters, giving rise to a “multiple-elite” party system in the 2000s–2010s: high-education elites now vote for the “left,” while high-income/high-wealth elites still vote for the “right.”


Piketty argues that this can contribute to explain rising inequality and the lack of democratic response to it, as well as the rise of “populism.” He sees the rise of globalization or educational expansion as the origins of this evolution and for the future he predicts a “multiple-elite” stabilization and a return to class-based redistributive conflict. The lecture was organized by MaxPo, and co-sponsored by the Sciences Po Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) and Sciences Po CEVIPOF. Discussants were Martial Foucault (CEVIPOF), Nonna Mayer (CEE), and Jan Rovny (CEE/LIEPP).


06/02/2019 Alexis Baudour is new doctoral researcher at MaxPo MaxPo

MaxPo’s new doctoral researcher Alexis Baudour received his PhD in Mathematics from the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. He holds a Master’s degree from the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay and received a Master’s degree in Economic Sociology at LSE in 2018. In January 2019, Alexis joined MaxPo to start his PhD in Sociology at MaxPo under the supervision of Olivier Godechot. Alexis will study the influence of economic factors on the right-wing populist vote in Europe. In particular, his project seeks to better understand the relationship between immigration concerns and the influence of the local economic environment (unemployment, median income, inequality) or the personal financial history of individuals. To achieve this, he compares income distribution evolutions and successive election outcomes using statistical methods such as instrumental variables or first-difference.

10/01/2019 New Member on MaxPo's Joint Council: Marie-Laure Djelic MaxPo

Since spring 2018, Marie-Laure Djelic has been a member of the Joint Council of MaxPo. Djelic is Professor at the Centre de sociologie des organisations at Sciences Po, Paris, and serves as Dean of the School of Management and Innovation at Sciences Po. Her research addresses the complex interactions between Business and Society. She has replaced Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier, who was a member of the Council since 2015. The Joint Council advises MaxPo directors on work at the Center as well as on the selection of research projects and staff.

14/09/2018 Anne van der Graaf awarded doctorate MaxPo

Anne van der Graaf was awarded her doctorate at Sciences Po on September 14, 2018. Her thesis "Managing Financial Risks: Protecting the Organization" explores the internal workings of large organizations that take financial market risks, especially banks and insurance companies. It follows their risk managers and analyses their work and output. While EU regulation and the literature on financial risk state that risk managers control risk-taking of their organizations, Anne van der Graaf shows that this is not the case. Risk managers rather focus on keeping the organization alive: by handling the communications to resourceful outsiders, i.e., regulators, shareholders, and counterparties, they prevent negative consequences from happening to their organization. Regulators, shareholders and counterparties all have the power to bring down a financial organization. With the help of their risk assessments, they want to avoid the negative impact an outsider could have. While accounting rules and mathematical standards restrict the malleability of the risks, risk managers juggle the different limits to show an organization in good health. From 2013 to 2018, Anne van der Graaf was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies (MaxPo) in Paris.

14/09/2018 Tirzah Jensen is new doctoral fellow at MaxPo MaxPo

In September 2018, MaxPo welcomed its newest PhD student, Tirzah Jensen. Using Foucault’s work on neoliberalism and governmentality, Tirzah’s research at MaxPo examines the management of unemployed citizens in Denmark to study how the neoliberalization of the welfare state affects the relationship between the citizen, the state, and the market. Tirzah holds an MA in Social and Political Thought from University of Warwick and an MA in Comparative Literature from Aarhus University. At MaxPo, Tirzah is pursuing a doctoral degree in Political Science under the supervision of Dr. Jenny Andersson.

06/03/2018 MaxPo 5th Anniversary International Conference "Destabilizing Orders – Understanding the Consequences of Neoliberalism"
January 12–13, 2018























Throughout the long post-war period, crisis was a conjectural phenomenon, exceptional in a normalcy of growth and social progress. Many key concepts of the social sciences – indeed, our understanding of democracy, embedded markets, enlightened electorates, benevolent political elites, and problem-solving progressive alliances – seem inapt for understanding current societal upheaval. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, we have witnessed the breakdown of majority alliances; the return, on a grand scale, of populism both in the Western world and globally; and the eruption of new patterns of social mobilization into chaotic and sometimes violent protest. The forces that underpinned the foundations of welfare capitalism seem obsolete in the face of financial and political elites that are paradoxically both disconnected from national territory and sometimes in direct alliance with nationalist and populist movements. Politics of resentment, politics of place, and new politics of class interact in ways that we do not yet understand. In what is perhaps the greatest paradox of all, neoliberalism has spawned authoritarianism. At the same time, these processes are not at all new but must be placed in the context of the socioeconomic and cultural cleavages produced by the shift to neoliberalism since the 1970s.


The MaxPo 5th Anniversary Conference addressed the different facets of social destabilization that we observe today. It marked the fifth anniversary of the founding of MaxPo, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies. Presentations from accomplished scholars in the fields of economic history, sociology, political science, and economics analyzed different aspects of the overarching phenomenon of social destabilization, identifying common challenges in the diverse developments currently observed.


Presenters focused on specific arguments within six broad themes: Financial Markets Between Stability and Instability; Inequalities of the Western World; Colliding Geographies: Class, Place, and Identity after Brexit and Trump; Political Economy in an Age of Permanent Austerity; Political Elites and Experts; and Social Science at the Crossroads, discussed in a concluding round table that explored the question of "Where do we go from here?"


Presentations touched on a wide and impressive range of topics, including: an increase in individuation and social stratification across the developed world, workplace inequalities, a critical examination of global income inequality, the peculiar mix of plutocracy and populism in the U.S., contrasting fascism with "Trumpism," Brexit, resentment within neoliberalism, the poor political representation of lower-income populations, austerity agenda-setting and political party contestation as they relate to the recent rise of populism, the role of partisan policy professionals, the destabilization of Social Democracy over time, and the role of progressive experts in steering the level of public progressivism.


The conference concluded with a discussion of the contribution that social sciences are poised to make in terms of policy recommendations, fueling public debate, and educating future generations of leaders and active citizens in a post-neoliberal world order.



MaxPo 5th Anniversary Conference Contributors List
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