Philipp Köncke

Philipp Köncke holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Rostock, which he completed with a distinction, and works as a research associate at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Sciences at the University of Erfurt. In his master's thesis, he analysed the interdependencies between the unconventional monetary policy implemented by the European Central Bank in response to the eurozone crises and income and wealth inequality in Germany. His research interests include the political economy of globalisation, comparative capitalism research, development economics, and the sociology of industrial relations. In his dissertation project, Philipp Köncke examines the specific state-capital-nexus in China’s political economy and analyses the internationalisation strategies of Chinese companies expanding into Europe.

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Research project

A central hypothesis of the project “Clash or Convergence of Capitalism” (JRT02) is that the expansion of Chinese companies into Europe has led to a clash of different national property regimes, resulting in rising conflicts over property in countries that are receiving Chinese foreign direct investment. My individual research project focuses on the specific components of China’s property regime and its interlinkages with the internationalisation strategies of Chinese companies. Considering the central role that the Chinese party-state plays in fostering and guiding the process of capital accumulation, I analyse different mechanisms through which party-state organisations influence corporate decisions and, in particular, the strategic orientations behind Chinese companies’ internationalisation into Europe. Empirically, I employ a mixed-methods approach that combines qualitative interviews with the development and analysis of a database of the top 500 Chinese enterprises.


  • Köncke, P. (2021): Demokratische Konversion oder kapitalistische Modernisierung? Strukturwandel und Arbeitskämpfe in der deutschen Automobilindustrie, in: Candeias, M. & Krull, S. (Hrsg.): Spurwechsel. Studien zu Mobilitätsindustrien, gerechten Übergängen und alternativer Produktion (im Erscheinen).
  • Maschke, A. & Köncke, P. (2020): Wirtschaftsdemokratie und ihre systemischen Grenzen. Genossenschaftliche Landwirtschaft am Beispiel Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns, PROKLA. Zeitschrift für Kritische Sozialwissenschaft, 50 (199), 277-294.:


  • Sommersemester 2020: Finanzsystem und Wirtschaftspolitik (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Doris Neuberger), Universität Rostock.
  • Wintersemester 2020/2021: Warum funktioniert der Kapitalismus trotzdem? Perspektiven der Regulationstheorie (Leitung: Dr. Robert Brumme), Universität Rostock.