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About Claus Offe

Claus Offe teaches Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. He has held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld and Bremen, as well as at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, and worked as fellow or visiting professor at the Institutes for Advanced Study in Stanford, Princeton, and the Australian National University, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the New School University, New York.

Articles by Claus Offe

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Europe entrapped? An interview with Claus Offe

Europe remains mired in a crisis as much political as it is economic. The crisis has been long in the making and its dynamics stem from the institutional structures that govern European politics. 

Democracy in crisis: two and a half theories about the operation of democratic capitalism

Global financial market-driven post-democracy is well able to describe the logic that governs the realities of contemporary markets and politics, but cannot explain why these realities are justified, universally beneficial or sustainable

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