Juan March Institute

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thumbnail The Juan March Institute, located in Madrid, Spain, is part of the Fundación Juan March (Juan March Foundation), one of Spain's charities for social research. The objective of the institute is to achieve an effect equally through scientific publications and training the next academic generation. The institute is named for the Spanish businessman Juan March Ordinas

Academic focus

The Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones is devoted to research in social science with a focus on political economy, voting and party competition. The main lines of research are the study of the social structure and processes of change in advanced contemporary societies, their political and economic systems and cultural and historical roots. The research carried out in the Institute focuses above all on the geographic and cultural area of Europe. Sociology and Political Science are the core disciplines within the Institute, although research and teaching is carried out.

Both teaching and research in the Institute are orientated towards methodological issues and comparative approaches in the social sciences. Besides its own research activity, the Institute encourages social science research, publishes collections of Estudios/Working Papers and Doctoral Theses, runs a specialist library and organizes courses, seminars and other activities for faculty, researchers and students.

Scientific Committee

The Institute's Scientific Committee is responsible for the supervision of students' research assisting the Instituto Juan March in the definition of the Center's academic and research policy, and advising on the development of the teaching curriculum and the library's holdings and services. The Scientific Committee is formed by a number of leading Spanish and international scholars. Members of the Scientific Committee are:

  • Richard Breen (Official Fellow del Nuffield College at Oxford University)
  • Gøsta Esping-Andersen (Professor of Sociology, Pompeu Fabra University)
  • José María Maravall (Professor of Sociology, Complutense University of Madrid)
  • José Ramón Montero (Professor of Political Science, Autonomous University of Madrid)
  • Adam Przeworski (Professor of Political Science and Economics, New York University)
  • Andrew Richards (Ph. D. Princeton University)
  • Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca (Professor of Sociology, Complutense University of Madrid)
  • Yasemin Soysal (Professor of Sociology, University of Essex)

Juan J. Linz (Sterling Professor of Political and Social Science, Yale University) is an honorary member of the Scientific Committee.

Academic relevance

The Institute is well positioned in the ranking of the ECPR, but especially in the exhaustive Hix's ranking (2004) of Political Science Departments of the World.

In the context of research in Spain, the institute is well-connected with the European University Institute, Oxford and several American universities.

The Institute's Library is an academic library specializing in the social sciences, with more than 70.000 books and journals. Access to the Library is available only to members of the Institute and to invited researchers.



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