Recent Events

The Electoral Tango: The Evolution of Electoral Integrity in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes

Summary Brief by
MW Fellow Tobias Lenz (RSCAS)

On Wednesday, February 17, Prof. Sarah Birch delivered the fifth Max Weber lecture, titled ‘The Electoral Tango: The Evolution of Electoral Integrity in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes.’ Prof. Birch has worked on the issue of ethics and (electoral) misconduct for many years. In this long-standing research interest, her lecture addressed the evolution of electoral integrity – defined as conformity to democratic standards of electoral conduct in terms of inclusiveness, transparency and impartiality – in comparative authoritarian regimes over time.

Exploring European and National Funding Opportunities

26 November 2014, 9:00-19:00 Badia Fiesolana, MWP Common Room     On November 26th, the Academic Careers Observatory  hosted representatives from eight European and national research agencies in order to provide an overview of various research and funding schemes available to both Researchers and Fellows. The agencies will highlight in particular those opportunities that are directly aimed […]

International Human Rights and Democratic Public Ethics

Richard Bellamy, Director of the MWP, has  delivered a public lecture on “International Human Rights and Democratic Public Ethics” on 6 June 2014. The event was organized by the Royal Irish Academy and hosted by the University of Limerik. The President of the Irish Republic Michael D. Higgins presented the response to the lecture. More […]

Empathy and Competition: a 21st Century View on Adam Smith

8th Max Weber Programme Classics Revisited Conference 7 May 2014, 9:00-19:00, Conference Room, Villa La Fonte San Domenico di Fiesole   Every year the Max Weber Programme holds a ‘Classics Revisited’ conference, bringing together researchers, postdoctoral fellows and established academics to study the life and work of a defining figure in the history of ideas. […]

Guilty as Charged. Human Well-Being and the Irrelevance of Political Science

Max Weber Lecture by Bo Rothstein, University of Gothenburg 16 April 2014, 17.00-18.30, Refettorio, Badia Fiesolana Recently, a public debate has started questioning the relevance of political science.  In the United States, public funding for political science research is under attack in the Congress and major newspapers have carried articles about this issue. In this […]