The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies conducts basic research on the governance of modern societies. It aims to develop an empirically based theory of the social and political foundations of modern economies by investigating the interrelation between economic, social, and political action. Using primarily an institutional approach, it examines how markets and business organizations are embedded in historical, institutional, political and cultural frameworks, how they develop, and how their social contexts change over time. The Institute seeks to build a bridge between theory and policy and to contribute to political debate on major challenges facing modern societies.
Areas of focus
Founder gender: All female
Leader gender: Male Leader(s) (2018): Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert
Leader gender: Male Leader(s) (2017): Prof. Dr. Jens Beckert
Leader gender: Male