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About Ulrich Beck

Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Since 1997 he is British Journal of Sociology Visiting Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK and since 2011 he is also Professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France.

His recent books include Cosmopolitan Europe (together with Edgar Grande) (Polity Press 2007), World at Risk (Polity Press 2009), A God of One’s Own (Polity Press 2010), Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil (Polity Press 2012), Distant Love (together with Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim) (Polity Press 2013) and German Europe (Polity Press 2013).

Articles by Ulrich Beck

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The digital freedom risk: too fragile an acknowledgment

At least at first, freedom dies without human beings being physically hurt. The author is convinced that the freedom risk is the most fragile among the global risks we have experienced so far. He calls for a digital humanism.

Towards a European spring

Individuals should be able to feel that not all of the risks of the world, and especially not those of banks and states threatened with bankruptcy, are being dumped onto their shoulders. But that something exists that deserves the name “European Community”.

The power of Merkiavelli: Angela Merkel’s hesitation in the Euro-crisis

Hesitation as a means of coercion – that is Merkiavelli’s method. Only one fate is worse than being overwhelmed by German money and that is not being overwhelmed by German money. Power grounded in the economy has no need to invade and yet is ubiquitous.

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