Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Streeck

Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Streeck

Emeritus Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

Research Interests

  • Political economy of modern capitalism
  • Institutional change
  • Labor markets and labor relations


Born in Lengerich, Germany. Married, two children.

Professional Career
2014 Retirement
1995–2014 Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Economics and Social Science, University of Köln
1988–1995 Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1986 Habilitation in Sociology, University of Bielefeld
1980–1988 Senior Fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
1980 Dr. phil., Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
1976–1980 Research Fellow, International Institute of Management, Berlin
1974–1976 Assistant Professor in Sociology, University of Münster, Department of Economics and Social Sciences
1972–1974 Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York
1972 Diplom in Sociology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
Professional Activities and Public Service
2012–2017 Research Council, European University Institute (EUI)
since 2012 International Advisory Board, The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, University of Sheffield
2008–2009 Member of the "Zukunftskommission" of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia
2005–2006 Member of the Commission of the Federal Government for the Modernization of Enterprise-level Co-determination
2003–2006 Chair, Human Sciences Section, Max Planck Society
2000–2006 Advisory Committee, Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien, Tokyo (DIJ); chair since 2003
2001–2008 Member of the Council (Konzil) of the German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, DGS)
1989–2006 Executive Council, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)
2000–2005 Scientific Advisory Committee, Centre Saint-Gobain pour la recherche en économie
1999–2005 Executive Board, Society for Comparative Research
1998–2001 Member, Arbeitsgruppe Benchmarking (the Benchmarking Working Group) of the Bündnis für Arbeit (Alliance for Jobs) as Representative of the Federal Government
1998–1999 President, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)
1997–1999 Chair, Visiting Committee, University of Konstanz, Department of Administrative Science
1995–1998 Research Director and Member, Kommission Mitbestimmung, Bertelsmann-Stiftung and Hans-Böckler Stiftung
1995–2005 Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
1990–1993 Co-Director, Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1989–1993 Chair, Western European Area Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1989–1992 Director, Center for Comparative and International Labor Studies, Industrial Relations Research Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1989–1990 University Research Committee, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1987–1988 Scientific Advisory Committee, German Sports Federation
1982–1986 Coordinating Committee, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
Selected Visting Appointments
2013/14 Theodor Heuss Chair, The New School for Social Research, New York, N.Y.
2011 Fernand Braudel Fellow, European University Institute, Florence
2007, 2009 Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, N.Y.
2000 Jean Monnet Professor, Robert Schumann Centre, European University Institution, Florence
1998 German-American Academic Council Distinguished Lecturer, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
1996 Jean Monnet Professor, European University Institute, Florence
1996 Professeur invité, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, Institut d´Etudes Politiques de Paris ("Sciences Po")
1996 Visitor, European Forum, European University Institute, Florence
1993–1994 Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg of Berlin
1989 Visiting Professor, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan
1988 Visiting Professor, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales, Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones, Madrid
1985 Leverhulme Visiting Professor in European Industrial Relations, School of Industrial and Business Studies, University of Warwick
1983–1984 Visiting Professor, European University Institute, Florence
since 2016 Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy
2015 Doctor scientiarum politicarum honoris causa, Syddansk Universitet, Odense/DK
2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Public Unterstanding of Sociology, German Sociological Association (DGS)
2011 Order of Merit, Land of North Rhine-Westphalia
2006 Honorary Fellow, Society fot the Advancement of Socio-Economics
2002 Commendatore della Republica Italiana
since 2002 Member, Academia Europaea
2000 Doctor of Science honoris causa, University of Birmingham
2000–2003 Honorary President, Association for the Study of German Politics (ASGP)
since 1998 Member, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAE)
Scholarly Journals
2012–2017 Research Council, European University Institute (EUI)
since 2009 British Journal of Industrial Relations, International Advisory Board
2006–2012 Socio-Economic Review, Chief Editor
since 2002 Comparative European Politics, Editorial Board
2000–2014 Work, Employment and Society, International Advisory Board
since 1994 European Journal of Industrial Relations, International Advisory Panel
1992–2014 European Sociological Review, Editorial Board
1999–2005 Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Advisory Council
1998–2005 Stato e mercato, Comitato editoriale
1995–2007 Industrielle Beziehungen, Editorial Board
1995–1999 Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Co-Editor
1988–1998 Economic and Industrial Democracy, Editorial Board
1979–1986 Organization Studies, Editorial Board
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