Global Capitalism and the Dynamics of Inequality

According to the study released by Oxfam on 18 January 2016, the 62 richest people own as much as the poorest half of the world's population. It is thus no coincidence that the scholarly debate on worldwide inequality, its structural patterns and its process dynamics, has flared up once again. However, old instruments of analysis either strictly based on national societies or one-dimensionally focused on material resources no longer seem to be effective.

The Research Focus will center on questions of interdependency, connections and reciprocity between national and global inequality dynamics – both in the OECD world and in the "global south": are intra and inter-societal inequality reductions mutually exclusive? Must the reduction of inequalities in certain regions of the world go hand-in-hand with their increase in other societies? How do democracies (but also dictatorships) and capitalism function together? What descriptions can develop from an analysis of the capitalist (post-)modern era? And which concepts are suitable from an interdisciplinary perspective for describing, understanding and explaining them?


Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Geyer
    (Historisches Seminar, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill
    (Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft (GSI), LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Clemens Pornschlegel
    (Institut für Deutsche Philologie, LMU)
  • Prof. Dra. Uwe Sunde
    (Seminar für Bevölkerungsökonomie, LMU)

Visiting Fellows

Prof. Bob Jessop, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Prof. Claudio Llanos Reyes, Ph.D.

Blog Author, Previous Visiting Fellow

Prof. Nivedita Menon, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Prof. Timothy P. Moran, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Further Events

  • International workshop – "Capitalism and Democracy"
    (summer semester 2016)
  • Lecture by Prof. Bob Jessop, Ph.D. – "From Rational Capitalism and Democracy to Political Capitalism and Post-Democracy"
    (winter semester 2016/17)
  • International workshop – "Global Capitalism: Openings and Closures"
    (winter semester 2016/17)
  • International Meeting – "Global Capitalism and the Dynamics of Inequality: New Problems, Old Concepts?"
    (summer semester 2017)