• 12/22/2020
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Friedrich Schiedel Prize goes to US political scientist Kathleen Thelen

Seminal work on governance of new technologies

Kathleen Thelen, professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been honored with the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology. The Friedrich Schiedel-Stiftung, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Bavarian School of Public Policy at TUM award the prize annually to outstanding personalities who have contributed to the understanding of the mutual interactions between politics, society and technology. Thelen is the author of many important works on the regulation of new technologies and major technology companies.

Kathleen Thelen works in the field of comparative political economy, where she concentrates on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in rich democracies. In the past few years she has pursued an important research agenda on the governance of new technologies, in particular addressing the question of how large technology companies can be regulated. Her widely acclaimed publications include for example "Regulating Uber: The Politics of the Platform Economy in Europe and the United States" and "Are We All Amazon Primed? Consumers and the Politics of Platform Power".

Exchange with TUM students

Thelen will discuss her findings with the researchers and students of the Bavarian School of Public Policy (HfP) / TUM School of Governance. Her temporary residency, which has been scheduled for the coming year due to the corona pandemic and which is planned to include a public appearance at the Munich Talks, has been made possible by the Friedrich Schiedel Prize for Politics and Technology. The prize also comes with an endowment of 30,000 euros.

The prize was established in 2018 by the Munich-based Friedrich Schiedel-Stiftung, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Friedrich Schiedel (1913 - 2001), a TUM Honorary Senator. The foundation supports social institutions and projects and funds science and research. The prize honors outstanding work on politics in the digital age and promotes international exchange of ideas.

Award-winning researcher

Kathleen Thelen is Ford Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2015 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2009 to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Thelen is General Editor of the Cambridge University Press Series in Comparative Politics and is a permanent external member of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. This year she was appointed Hans Fischer Senior Fellow of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study. She is also the winner of many awards, among others the Barrington Moore Book Award, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award and the Mattei Dogan Award for Comparative Research.

Further information and links

The TUM School of Governance, established in 2017, is dedicated to research and education on the interactions of politics and technology, which play a decisive role in almost all political spheres today. With the extraordinary focus of its research profile and teaching activities, the school makes a vital contribution to the ability to understand and shape societal change resulting from rapid technological developments. The TUM department works in conjunction with the Bavarian School of Public Policy, which is hosted by TUM.

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