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The monthly Max Weber Lectures are given by distinguished scholars from the four disciplines of the EUI. The Programme aims at inviting scholars who address topical issues from an interdisciplinary perspective that will appeal to the EUI academic community as a whole.

At least one of the Lecturers will be related to each of the Thematic Research Groups (TRG), and every Group will have an opportunity to organize a master class on the following day with the relevant Lecturer. All Lecturers will also be available to discuss the work of Fellows on an informal basis.

The lectures are usually at 17.00, the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Refettorio, the Badia Fiesolana, and are followed by a cocktail. 

Please note that dates are subject to change.

For further information about individual Max Weber Lectures, please contact Karin Tilmans.   

Upcoming Max Weber Lecturers 2018-2019



17 October 2018, 17:00-18:30
Badia, Refettorio

Thomas Christiano  (The University of Arizona)

“A Democratic Conception of Markets”



In this lecture I defend a conception of fairness in labor markets.  I will argue that we should take a procedural approach to the evaluation of fairness in markets. 

The procedural approach defended here goes beyond the traditional procedural view that requires only the absence of force and fraud.  But it avoids the pitfalls of the other classical conception of fairness in the market: the idea of a just wage or just price. 

Fairness in markets is analogous to fairness in the democratic process, I contend.  I lay out a conception of fairness that is based on the analogy with democracy.  The basic procedural idea is that of equal power, understood in markets as a robust form of equality of opportunity and equal cognitive conditions. 

The procedural idea of equal power can be given an interpretation in perfectly competitive markets.   I then develop the idea further in imperfectly competitive markets. 

I will show how this approach has implications for conceiving of how firms ought to be organized and for defining a fair process of wage setting in the essentially highly imperfect conditions of the labor market.

About the speaker: Thomas Christiano is a philosopher at the University of Arizona. He writes books and articles on moral and political philosophy and regularly teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. Christiano's current research is mainly in moral and political philosophy with emphases on democratic theory, distributive justice and global justice.


SchenkCatherine14 November 2018 

Catherine Schenk - University of Oxford (St Hilda's College)

Professor of Economic & Social History

About the speaker: After completing her undergraduate and Masters degrees at University of Toronto in Economics, International Relations and Chinese Studies, Catherine Schenk went to the London School of Economics to complete a PhD in Economic History.  Since then she has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Glasgow.  She has also been visiting professor at Nankai University, China, and Hong Kong University.  Outside academia she has spent time as a visiting researcher at the International Monetary Fund and at the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. She is an Associate Fellow in international economics at Chatham House, London and she is on the Academic Council of the European Association of Banking and Financial History.

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Neil Walker – The University of Edinburgh

Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations

About the speaker: Neil Walker's main area of expertise is constitutional theory. He has published extensively on the constitutional dimension of legal order at sub-state, state, supranational and international levels. He has also published at length on the relationship between security, legal order and political community. He maintains a more general interest in broader questions of legal theory as well as in various substantive dimensions of UK and EU public law.

Previously he taught public law at Edinburgh for ten years (1986-96), was Professor of Legal and Constitutional Theory at the University of Aberdeen (1996-2000), and, most recently, was Professor of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence (2000-8), where he was also the first Dean of Studies (2002-5).

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Annelien De Dijn – Utrecht University

Professor of Modern Political History

About the speaker: Annelien de Dijn is the author of French Political Thought from Montesquieu to Tocqueville: Liberty in a Levelled Society (Cambridge University Press, 2008, paperback edition October 2011). She currently holds the position of Professor of Modern Political History at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on the history of political thought in Europe and in the United States from 1700 to the present.  She has a particular interest in the fraught and contested history of freedom and in Enlightenment political thought.

Professor de Dijn has held visiting appointments at Columbia University, Cambridge University, the Remarque Institute at NYU, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of California at Berkeley. A past recipient of Fulbright and B.A.E.F. fellowships, she was educated at the University of Leuven in Belgium and at Columbia University.

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Vivien Schmidt – Boston University

Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and Professor of International Relations

About the speaker: Schmidt received her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College, and both her Masters and PhD from the University of Chicago.

She taught at the Sciences Po in Paris, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, European University Institutein Florence, Max Planck Institute in Cologne, the University of Paris and Lille, and is visiting scholar at Nuffield College, Oxford University and at Harvard University, where she is an affiliate of the Center for European Studies. She headed the European Union Studies Association in the United States. She was the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Europe at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Her research has focused on political economy, democracy and discourse.[2] In 2017 she was awarded the Society of Women in International Political Economy (SWIPE) Award for mentoring women in international relations 

soskice20 March 2019

David Soskice – London School of Economics

Professor of Political Science and Economics and Fellow of the British Academy

About the speaker: David Soskice has been School Professor of Political Science and Economics at the LSE since 2012. He taught macroeconomics at Oxford (Mynors Fellow emeritus, University College) from 1967 to 1990, was then research director/professor at the Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin (1990-2005), and subsequently Research Professor of Comparative Political Economy at Oxford and senior research fellow at Nuffield College, and Research Professor of Political Science at Duke.  He has been visiting professor in the economics department at Berkeley, the government department at Harvard, the Industrial Relations School at Cornell, and the Scuola Superiore St Anna, Pisa, and held the Mars Visiting professorship at Yale and the Semans Distinguished Visiting professorship at Duke. He is currently working with Wendy Carlin (UCL) on tractable macroeconomic models; with Nicola Lacey on the comparative political economy of crime and punishment; with Torben Iversen on advanced capitalist democracies; and he gave the 2013 Federico Caffѐ lectures in Rome on Knowledge Economies: Winners and Losers. He was President of the European Political Science Association from 2011 to 2013; he is a Fellow of the British Academy (Politics and Economics groups); and he is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.

green17 April 2019

Nancy L. Green - École des hautes études en sciences sociales

Director of Studies, CRH, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

About the speaker: Nancy L. Green is professor (directrice d’études) of history at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, where she is a member of the Centre de Recherches Historiques.  She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1980 and a doctorat d’état from the Université de Paris VII in 1996.  A specialist of migration history, comparative methods, and French and American social history, her major publications include: Ready-to-Wear and Ready-to-Work: A Century of Industry and Immigrants in Paris and New York (Duke University Press, 1997); Repenser les migrations (Presses Universitaires de France, 2002); Citizenship and Those Who Leave (co-ed. with François Weil) (University of Illinois Press, 2007); Histoire de l’immigration et question coloniale en France (co-ed. with Marie Poinsot) (La documentation française, 2008); The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941, 2014 (University of Chicago Press, 2014); and A Century of Transnationalism: Immigrants and their Homeland Connections (co-ed. with Roger Waldinger (University of Illinois Press, 2016).

milner15 May 2019

Helen Milner – Princeton University

B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs

About the speaker: Helen V. Milner is the B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. She was the chair of the Department of Politics from 2005 to 2011. She was president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) from 2012-14. She has written extensively on issues related to international and comparative political economy, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, and the impact of globalization on domestic politics. She is currently working on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the "digital divide" and the global diffusion of the internet, the resource curse and non-tax revenues, and the relationship between globalization and democracy, in Africa and the Middle East.



Max Weber Lectures 2018-2019 at a glance

  • 17 October 2018 
    Thomas Cristiano – The University of Arizona

TRG: Ideas, Concepts and Theory

  • 14 November 2018 
    Catherine Schenk - University of Oxford 

TRG: Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa

  • 5 December 2018 
    Neil Walker – The University of Edinburgh

TRG: Governance, Democracy and Constitutionalism

  • 16 January 2019 
    Annelien De Dijn – Utrecht University

TRG: Ideas, Concepts and Theory

  • 20 February 2019 
    Vivien Schmidt – Boston University

TRG: Governance, Democracy and Constitutionalism 

  • 20 March 2019 
    David Soskice – London School of Economics

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  • 17 April 2019 
    Nancy L. Green - École des hautes études en sciences sociales

TRG: Citizenship and Migration 

  • 15 May 2019 
    Helen Milner – Princeton University

TRG: Europe in the World


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