News 2018

Conference "Who 'owns' Participation? Benefits, Provision and Availability of Participation as a Common Good".

The Fellow Group of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy and the Department of Social Law jointly organized the conference "Who 'owns' participation? Benefits, provision and availability of participation as a common good" from 6 to 7 December 2018. The aim of the conference was to take a multidisciplinary look at the popular concept of participation in order to better understand "participation" as a vision and as an agent and possibly also to make it measurable and assessable. A look into the future - what will come after participation - was also taken. A conference transcript will be published in 2019.
Outstanding Dissertation on Inclusion

For her dissertation, Dr. Isabella Bertmann, former doctoral student at the Institute, received the Bavarian "Kulturpreis". The award is presented by Bayern AG and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art for outstanding artistic and scientific achievements. For her doctoral thesis entitled "Taking Well-Being and Quality of Life for Granted?", Bertmann conducted a field study on social security and inclusion of people with disabilities in South Africa. On the basis of qualitative interviews with those affected as well as with local experts in the fields of disability and social policy, her work provides insight into the current discourse on inclusive social protection systems.

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Expert Opinion on Demand Planning

Timely access to medical care is not available in all regions and at all times. This is one of many results of the expert opinion on the further development of demand planning, which was prepared by the Institute's social law department together with other scientific institutions. The legal part concentrates on the investigation of the constitutional requirements and the legal evaluation of options for further development. The Federal Joint Committee commissioned the report.

Summary of expert report (in German)

The Institute at the Munich Science Days 2018

Visitors to the Munich Science Days (Münchner Wissenschaftstage) from 10 to 13 November 2018 can find out more about the research of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy. The Institute will be participating with an interactive booth in the Science Days, which this year will focus on "Workplaces - Ideas for a Better Future". During these four days, interested visitors will have the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test in a quiz and try out tests from a scientific study on themselves from 10 am to 7 pm in the "Alte Kongresshalle". Prof. Ulrich Becker, Director at the Institute, will also give a lecture on 13 November at 2:30 pm on the topic "Chancen und Risiken von Erwerbsmigration: Was bringt ein Einwanderungsgesetz?". The lecture will be held in German.
Award-winning Dissertation

Dr. Stefan Stegner, a former staff member of the Institute, was awarded the Munich University Society's Doctoral Award 2018 for his thesis. Under the supervision of Prof. Ulrich Becker, Director at the MPI for Social Law and Social Policy, Stegner analyzed the transformation of German-Polish social security relations in the period from the First World War to the end of the Second World War. He combined historical archive work with social law dogmatics and political science theory. His work, entitled "Zwischen Souveränität und Ökonomie", was recently published by Nomos.

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Mexican Government honours Dr. Diana López-Falcón

Dr. Diana López-Falcón, scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, receives the "Distinguished Mexican Award" by her home country Mexico for her outstanding professional achievements. With this prize, a specially coined silver medal, the Mexican government honors the commitment of compatriots living abroad. It is awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with other institutions such as the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) and the National Institute for Women (INMUJERES).
Federal Research Minister Karliczek visits Institute

Federal Minister Anja Karliczek and the Bavarian Minister of State for Science and the Arts, Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle, visited the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich to find out about SHARE, a Europe-wide research project investigating the effects of demographic change. In this context, the Research Minister discussed with Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, one of the two directors of the Institute, the topics of old-age provision, insurances and the future of ageing and work, which are the subject of research at the MPI.

Press Release (German)
Prof. Börsch-Supan Member of New Pension Commission

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has appointed Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, as pension expert in the new pension commission. The Commission's aim is to find ways of securing and developing pension systems in a sustainable manner from 2025 onwards, thereby laying the foundation for a new generational contract.

Further Information (German)
Stronger Social Protection for Workers in the 21st Century

Together with the Université Rennes 1, the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy has investigated whether the social protection systems in Europe are flexible enough to take account of changing labour market conditions and people's increasingly variable careers. The results have now been published in the book "Employment Biographies and Social Protection in Europe". Difficulties exist particularly with regard to the reintegration of older workers into working life - which is problematic given the continuing trend towards increasing working lives. The trilingual contributions (German, English and French) focus on France and Germany - two states with a conservative security model that is almost exclusively linked to the status of employment. Moreover, Norway and the Netherlands provide insights into key reform trends.

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The Institute mourns the loss of Prof. Baron von Maydell

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Baron von Maydell passed away after an eventful, fulfilled and highly successful academic life. In 1992 he was appointed Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and Director of the Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, then known as the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law, which he managed until his retirement in 2002. Bernd von Maydell remained connected to the Institute for many years afterwards through an intensive scientific and personal exchange. During his career he has not only helped to shape German, European and international social law, but has also made his knowledge available to governments and national and international organisations. Maydell's manifold activities were also supported by the concern to contribute to socio-political progress through social law.
Diversity in Science

The Fellow Group of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, together with the Chairs of Sociology of Diversity at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and at the Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck, organized a workshop on the topic "Diversity in Science: Foundations, Research and Implementation". Numerous existing and planned research projects were discussed and examined for diversity aspects with the help of various scientific disciplines (including law, political science and anthropology).
Reducing the burden of spousal caregivers

In order to counteract the rising costs of ageing populations, trends towards deinstitutionalisation, privatisation and marketisation of formal care can be observed in many countries. Yet, the results of a new study by Melanie Wagner, researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, and Martina Brandt suggest that the opposite would be a far more beneficial strategy. Investing in the provision of easily accessible formal care resources is crucial for the well-being of particularly spousal caregivers who bear the main burden. The researchers used data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) that is coordinated at the Institute.

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