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Max Weber Lectures 2011-2012

Prof. Linda Colley, Princeton University

Linda Colley, Princeton University, gave a Max Weber Lecture with the title: “Liberties and Empires: Writing Constitutions in the Atlantic World, 1776-1848” on 25 April.

The abstract may be read by clicking this link.

Linda Colley is Professor of History at Princeton University and an expert on Britain since 1700.



Prof. Stephan Leibried, University of Bremen gave the sixth Max Weber Lecture of the year. The lecture was entitled: “Ships of State: Germany, Europe, and Beyond … Images of Political Unity for Troubled Times” and took place on 21 March 2012.

Read the abstract or watch the video.




Prof. Nicola Lacey

On 15 March, Prof. Nicola Lacey gave a Max Weber Lecure, the fifth of the academic year, with the title: “Revisiting the Comparative Political Economy of Punishment”.

See abstract and video of her lecture.

Prof. Lacey is Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at Oxford University



Kathleen Thelen

Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science at MIT gave the forth Max Weber Lecture on 18 January. The lecture was entitled: “Varieties of Capitalism: Trajectories of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity ”

Read the Abstract of the Lecture and watch it on the MWP YouTube channel.




Prof. Avinash Dixit, Princeton University

The third Max Weber Lecture is with Prof. Avinash Dixit from Princeton University. Prof. Dixit is John J. F. Sherrerd ’52 University Professor of Economics Emeritus.

He gave a lecture entitled: “Governance, Development and Foreign Direct Investment”. Read the abstract for the workshop on the MWP homepage.

Prof. Dixit’s research interests have included microeconomic theory, game theory, international trade, industrial organization, growth and development theories, public economics, political economy, and the new institutional economics. See more on Avinash Dixit’s personal webpage.

The lecture was held on 14 December at 17.00 in the conference room at Villa La Fonte, Home of the Max Weber Programme.

Pierre Rosanvallon


Prof. Pierre Rosanvallon, Collège of France, gave the second Max Weber Lecture this academic year on 16 November. His Lecture was entitled “Rethinking Equality in an Age of Inequalities”Read the abstract and view the full lecture on our Youtube channel.




Chris PissaridesOn 19 October 2011 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics Prof. Chris Pissarides of the London School of Economics gave the first Max Weber Lecture of the year entitled “Employment in Europe”. Read the abstract of the lecture on the MWP webpage and view part of the Lecture on the MWP YouTube Channel.




See all Max Weber Lectures for the Academic Year 2011-2012 and read the abstracts for the Lectures