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Streeck Wolfgang

Обновлено: 09-12-2010
Дата рождения 27 октября 1946 г.
Место работы Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) / Director
University of Köln / Director

Профессиональные интересы:
economic sociology, varieties of capitalism, institutional change, transformation of the "German Model"

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I studied sociology in Frankfurt with Ludwig von Friedeburg, Wolfgang Zapf and Jürgen Habermas from 1966 to 1972. My minors were in philosophy, political science, law and economics. For a time I worked as a research assistant for the trade union study of the Institut für Sozialforschung, which was directed by Joachim Bergmann, Otto Jacobi and Walther Müller-Jentsch. After receiving my Diplom I had the opportunity to study for two years as a Harkness Fellow at Columbia University in New York, among others with Amitai Etzioni and Peter Blau. During this time I was Etzioni’s research assistant for the second edition of his book, “A Comparative Analysis of Complex Organizations.” In 1974 I moved to the University of Münster, where I took a job as a Wissenschaftlicher Assistent at the Lehrstuhl of Heinz Hartmann. In 1976 I went to the International Institute of Management (as it was called at the time) at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). Its director then was Fritz W. Scharpf. A few years later Scharpf became the head of a new WZB research center on labor market policy. Here I worked as the leader of a research group on interest organizations in the labor market until 1988. During this time I was also a visiting scholar at the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Warwick and the Instituto Juan March in Madrid. In 1986 I received my Habilitation on the basis of my collected essays on the sociology of the employment relationship; the chair of my committee was Claus Offe.

While still in Münster I received funding from the DFG (the German Research Foundation) for a research project on organizational change in German trade unions from 1960 to 1975. In Berlin a comparative German-British project was added on the role of trade unions in the organization of work and manpower use, especially in the auto industry and at the railways; here I cooperated with the late Santosh Mukherjee from the University of Oxford and with Peter Seglow from Brunel University. After finishing my doctoral thesis at the University of Frankfurt in 1978, I began to organize, together with Philippe C. Schmitter, an internationally comparative research project on employer and trade associations, a project that would occupy me for several years. I also participated in the first MIT automobile project. During this period many close professional and personal friendships were established, in particular with Philippe Schmitter, Arndt Sorge and, of course, Fritz Scharpf, but also with Robert Boyer, Colin Crouch, Ron Dore, Peter Hall, Rogers Hollingsworth, Peter Katzenstein, Gerhard Lehmbruch, Victor Perez-Diaz, Marino Regini, Jelle Visser and others. Another friend was Egon Matzner, who succeeded Fritz Scharpf as director of the labor market policy section of the WZB in 1984. Our paths continued to cross until Egon died suddenly in 2003.

In 1986 I declined a chair in administrative science at the University of Constance in favor of a professorship in sociology and industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The position in Madison, which I took up in 1988, was my first and, as it turned out, only full-time appointment to an academic teaching position. Together with Joel Rogers and Erik Wright I developed a teaching program in economic sociology; Joel Rogers and I also created a center for policy research, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS). In 1992 I was offered a chair at Humboldt University in Berlin, which I turned down after some hesitation. Three years later the opportunity arose to succeed Renate Mayntz as director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne and to co-direct the institute with Fritz Scharpf. Although I had more or less decided to remain in the United States for the rest of my professional career, I found this offer irresistible.

On my return to Germany, I began to assemble a research group at the MPIfG. Initially I worked closely with Anke Hassel and Bernard Ebbinghaus. Later Christine Trampusch, Martin Höpner and Britta Rehder became part of the group, and after them Armin Schäfer and Cornelia Woll. Also in 1995, my long-term collaboration with Kozo Yamamura began on a comparison of the origins and prospects of the “non-liberal” political economies of Germany and Japan. For several years I have also been engaged in intense collaboration with Kathleen Thelen on the issue of institutional change. The development of my research interests both before and during my time at the MPIfG is described elsewhere (see the section “Research”).

During my tenure as director of the institute the MPIfG designed and moved into its new building on Paulstrasse. For a two-year period following Fritz Scharpf’s retirement, from 2003–2005, I was the institute’s sole director. Since then I have been happy to share the responsibility for the MPIfG with a new co-director, the sociologist Jens Beckert. Our goal is to establish a productive dialogue between political economy and economic sociology to promote the continued development of both disciplines. An initial step in this direction was the establishment in 2006, together with the University of Cologne, of an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy.

In addition to my work at the institute, I organized in 1997-98 – with the assistance of Norbert Kluge – the research for the Kommission Mitbestimmung, which was jointly set up by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Hans Böckler Foundation to study the practice of codetermination in Germany. After the change of government in 1998, I served with Rolf Heinze as an advisor for Office of the Chancellor on the “Alliance for Jobs” [Bündnis für Arbeit] and directed its “Benchmarking Working Group.” In the summer of 2005, the Federal government appointed me to a “Commission for the Modernization of Enterprise-Level Co-Determination [Unternehmensmitbestimmung]” chaired by Kurt Biedenkopf. The independent members of the commission presented a report to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic in December 2006.

From 1997 to 1998, I served as president of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), to help transform it into an effective scholarly association. In 2000, I was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham. In 2003, I took over the chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Section (GSHS) of the Max Planck Society for three years. One of my responsibilities was restructuring the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen into an institute for the study of multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies. At the end of 2006 the Association of Friends and Former Associates of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies organized a surprise celebration on the occasion of my sixtieth birthday, which was an unforgettable experience as I met many friends and colleagues as well as former students from the various stages of my academic life.

Despite my duties as a director of an independent research institute, I firmly want to remain involved in university teaching. Since 1996, I have held a seminar almost every semester, initially as an honorary professor at Humboldt University in Berlin, and later as a member of the Economics and Social Science Faculty at the University of Cologne. I also participate in the colloquium that the directors of the MPIfG run jointly for the doctoral candidates at the institute. At conferences and committee meetings, as well as in academic publications, I regularly encounter my former graduate students from Madison and Cologne and the former members of my research group at the MPIfG. They work in the United States, in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Great Britain, Denmark, Spain, and of course in Germany. Many of them are international scholars and are at home in than one country.