Newsletter 8 Winter 2015

Doubts on Growth: The Discourse on ‘Secular Stagnation’ in the Social Sciences

A Max Weber Lecture by Claus Offe (Hertie School of Governance) Wednesday 18 February 2015 17:00-19.00 Refettorio, Badia Fiesolana   Clauss Offe is a political sociologist. He has made substantive contributions to understanding the relationships between democracy and capitalism. His recent work has focused on economies and states in transition to democracy. Abstract: The experience of declining growth rates, near-stagnation and deflationary […]

Max Weber Programme 2012-2014: In retrospect

Michalis Rousakis (ECO MW Fellow 2012-2014) Career Development Fellow in Economics, Merton College, University of Oxford It has only been a few months since I left Florence and the European University Institute, where I spent two years (2012-2014) as a Max Weber Fellow in Economics. Yet, it turns out that it’s not too early to […]

Generations as an Analytical Category for Modern Global History

Sayaka Chatani (HEC MW Fellow 20214-2015) Does the concept of generations offer a useful analytical category in the same way that gender has? Many historians work on histories of childhood, youth, and the elderly, which suggests its promise. But an explicit generational approach has achieved neither a status of self-evident importance, nor theoretical maturity in […]

Law, Science and New Technologies

Barbara Bottalico (LAW MW Fellow 2014-2015) Over time, science and technology have often been considered by part of the legal community as possible threats to our lives, suggesting the necessity of an exceptionalistic approach to the relationship between law, science and new technologies. From this perspective, new problems would require the creation of new rules […]