Inequality, social (im-)mobility and authoritarian populist backlash

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm

The decline in social mobility has been advanced as a possible explanation for the rise of authoritarian anti-globalist political forces. This conference brings together experts from Europe and the US to discuss social (im-) mobility and its political causes and consequences


09:00 – 09:15: Opening remarks by Christian Martin, Max Weber Chair at NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies

09:15 – 10:45: Manuel Funke, Institute for the World Economy, Kiel: Economic Crises, Social Immobility and the Rise of the Populist Right

10:45 – 11:00: Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30: Oliver Nachtwey, University of Basel: Broken promises: The (not so) New Social Immobility in Germany and Europe

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch at the Remarque Institute

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Wilhelm Knelangen, University Liaison Professor of the Hans-Boeckler Foundation at the University of Kiel: Social (Im-)mobility in the German University System

3:00-3.15 p.m.: Coffee break

3:15 – 4.45 p.m.: Richard V Reeves, Brookings Institution: Dream Horders—How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.: Concluding remarks

Seating is limited. RVP by email to Emily Edwards ( by Sep 8, 2017. Please let us know which presentations you are going to attend.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Remarque Institute
60 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011 United States


Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (NYU)