Rapid advances in technology (e.g. robotics, internet of things, social media, digitization, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles) are leading to unprecedented changes in politics, society, and economy. At the same time, shock events in politics (e.g. Brexit vote or the rise of populism) question the existing liberal democracies. Against this background, the Munich Politics Network brings together representatives from politics, economics, civil society and academia to discuss current political and technological transformations.
Munich Politics Network 2019
The Munich Politics Network 2019 was devoted to exploring the topic of “Clashes in Global Economic Governance”, addressing tectonic shifts within the present global economic order. The event was attended by over 100 participants, and was co-organized by the Hochschule für Politik München, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and the Munich School of Philosophy.
In celebration of the 75th birthday of Bretton Woods Institutions, the first day of the event featured panels primarily focused on the political and economic spheres, such as the ‘Fragmentation of the Institutional Landscape’, ‘Power Shifts in Global Economic Governance’, ‘Future of Global Economic Governance’. The second day of the event shifted gears to the technological and societal aspects, headlined by the panels of ‘Power & Control of New Technologies’, ‘Multilateralism & Populism in the Digital Age’, and ‘Governance of Global Commons’. The panels were underlined by an increasingly pressing necessity for an interdisciplinary approach to addressing global issues, and highlighted the importance of stable multilateral systems and institutions as the framework for embracing new challenges.
Six Key Interrelated Challenges in Contemporary Global Economic Governance
Keynote Address by Jeffry Frieden
Professor at Harvard University
Keynote Adress by Daniel W. Drezner
Professor at Tufts University
Munich Politics Network 2018
Disruptive Politics & Technology
The inaugural event of the Munich Politics Network, a joint cooperation with the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), was dedicated to the topic Disruptive Politics & Technology. Rapid advances in technology – e.g. robotics, artificial intelligence, e-trade, digitalization, autonomous vehicles – are leading to unprecedented changes in politics, society, and economy. At the same time, shock events in politics – e.g. the rise of populism – question existing democracies and the multilateral world order. Against this background, the Munich Politics Network 2018 focused on the interdisciplinary study of disruptions, characterized by major sudden displacements of existing political, economic, societal, or technological structures and its rapid substitution by new structures or emerging technologies.