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Claus Offe was (until his retirement in 2005) Professor of Political Science at Humboldt University, Berlin, where he held a chair of Political Sociology and Social Policy. He earned his PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Frankfurt (1968) and his Habilitation at the University of Constance. From 2006 to 2013 he taught at the Hertie School of Governance where he held a chair of Political Sociology. Previous positions include professorships at the Universities of Bielefeld and Bremen, where he has served as director of the Center of Social Policy Research. He was awarded an honorary degree by the Australian National University in 2007 and another one by the New York University Tirana in 2015. Since 2016, he is Nonresident Permanent Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. His fields of research include democratic theory, transition studies, EU integration, and welfare state and labor market studies. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in these fields, a selection of which is reprinted as Herausforderungen der Demokratie. Zur Integrations- und Leistungsfähigkeit politischer Institutionen . Book publications in English include Varieties of Transition , Modernity and the State: East and West , Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies [1998, with J. Elster and U.K. Preuß], Reflections on America. Tocqueville, Weber, und Adorno in the United States  Citizens in Europe [2016, with U.K. Preuß] and Europe Entrapped .
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