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The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
(German: Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung
, MPIfG) is a German
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
Social science is the field of study concerned with society. "Social science" is commonly used as an umbrella term to refer to a plurality of fields outside of the natural sciences usually exclusive of the administrative or managerial sciences...
research institute within the Max Planck Society
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is a formally independent non-governmental and non-profit association of German research institutes publicly funded by the federal and the 16 state governments of Germany....
located in Cologne
Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city , and is the largest city both in the Germany Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.Cologne is located on both sides of the...
. Established in 1985, it was initially headed by sociologist Renate Mayntz
Renate Mayntz is a German sociologist. She was director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, and is now director emeritus.-Biography:...
(1985/86), followed by political scientist Fritz W. Scharpf
Fritz W. Scharpf is a German Prof. and Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. His areas of interest include; the organisational problems and decision processes in governments at all levels; the political economy of inflation and unemployment; comparative...
(1986-2003), both of whom exerted a profound influence on the institute's research and public image.
Currently directed by Wolfgang Streeck and Jens Beckert, the MPIfG has an annual budget of 3.8 million Euro, 31 employees and around 20 doctoral and post-doctoral fellows.