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Claus Offe

Claus Offe
Prof. Emeritus Claus Offe
Areas of Interest: Social Policy and theory of the welfare state, Political Sociology, Democratic Theory, Transformation Studies in post-communist countries.

Stay(s) with the Research Group

Since 2016 Permanent Fellow of the Research Group.

31.10. - 02.11. 2011

26.01. 2012 participant opening event of the Research Group

14. - 15.06. 2012 participant at the conference "Von Krise zu Krise? Transformation ohne Ende"

Research focus, presentations and publications during stay

Already in the early 1970s, Claus Offe developed a theory of late capitalism which Lessenich's concept of activation uses as foundation. As one of the first fellows he did not only contribute a talk on   'Participatory Inequality in Contemporary Democracy' but also initiatied a discussion on the modes of work and ways to secure and document the academic contributions of fellows and staff.

Working Paper "Participatory inequality in the austerity state: a supply side approach"

Selected Publications

2016 (in cooperation with Ulrich K. Preuß) Citiziens in Europe. Essays on Democracy, Constitutionalism and European Integration. Colchester: ECPR Press. 

2015 Europe Entrapped, Cambridge: Politiy Press (german translation: Europa in der Falle, 2016, Berlin, Suhrkamp Verlag)

Offe, Claus (2006): Strukturprobleme des kapitalistischen Staates. Aufsätze zur politischen Soziologie. Frankfurt/Main. (Veränderte Neuausgabe, herausgegeben von Jens Bochert und Stephan Lessenich)

Offe, Claus (1984): "Arbeitsgesellschaft": Strukturprobleme und Zukunftsperspektiven. Frankfurt a.M.

Offe, Claus (1970): Leistungsprinzip und industrielle Arbeit. Frankfurt/Main.


2015 "Temporalstrukturen sozialer Macht", Zeit der Politik. Demokratisches Regieren in einer beschleunigten Welt, Leviathan Sonderband, 30/2015, 29-51

2014 "The Europolis experiment and its lessons for deliberation on Europe", European Union Politics, Vol. 15(3) 2014, 430-441

2013 "Getting Ahead by Trespassing", Rezension von Jeremy Adelman, Worldly Philosopher. The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman, Princeton: Princeton University Press

(2013), European Journal of Sociology, Vol. 54, No. 3, 583-591

2013 "Die plötzliche Implosion eines obsoleten Gesellschaftssystems ...", Gespräch mit David Strecker, Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie, 2/2013, 253-284