Munich Politics Network

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.

The Munich Politics Network is a global platform and an annual forum for discussions related to challenges in politics and technology. Together with scholars, policy-makers, politicians, business group and civil society representatives, we want to have a dialogue and provide answers related to current challenges.

Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt

Founder of the Munich Politics Network

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

Fragmentation of the Institutional Landscape

Daniel. W. Drezner (Tufts University)
Orfeo Fioretos (Temple University)
Andreas Klugescheid (BMW Group)
Erik Jones (Johns Hopkins University)

Power Shifts in Global Economic Governance

Manfred Bischoff (Daimler AG)
Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt (Technical University of Munich)
Tamar Gutner (American University)
Mario Sander (World Bank Group)
Catherine Weaver (University of Texas)

Future of Global Economic Governance

Florence Dafe (Technical University of Munich)
Orfeo Fioretos (Temple University)
Tamar Gutner (American University)
Stephanie Leupold (European Commission)
Omar Serrano (Technical University of Munich)

Power & Control of New Technologies

Tim Büthe (Technical University of Munich)
Josh Cowls (Oxford Internet Institute)
Christian Djeffal (Technical University of Munich)
Henry Farrell (George Washington University)
Anika Geisel (Facebook)

Multilateralism & Populism in the Digital Age

Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt (Technical University of Munich)
Daniel W. Drezner (Tufts University)
Jeffry Frieden (Harvard University)
Ernesto Cruz Ruiz (Technical University of Munich)
Stefan Wurster (Technical University of Munich)

Governance of Global Commons

Gabriel Felbermayr (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)
David Levi-Faur (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Miranda Schreurs (Technical University of Munich)
Johannes Wallacher (Munich School of Philosophy)
Catherine Weaver (University of Texas)

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 – Impressions

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. 


Hochschule für Politik München

Tony Müller

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