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I am the Academic Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. The WSI is an independent academic institute within the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, a non-profit organisation fostering co-determination and promoting research and academic study on behalf of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB). Since it was founded in 1946, the institute's focus has always been on the improvement of life chances, on social justice and fair working and living conditions.

I am also Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (on leave). From 2009 until 2012 I was Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. I studied political science, economics and law in Bonn and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 1996, I joined the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, obtained my Phd in 1998 and completed my postdoctoral lecture qualification in 2003.

I was a visiting scholar at the Social Science Research Center Berlin and King's College, Cambridge, UK. In 2003/2004, I worked for the Planning Department of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour (BMWA) and then joined the Jacobs University Bremen as Professor of Sociology. I received Fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Volkswagen Stiftung, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Hans Böckler Stiftung. In 2012/13, I served as an Expert Member of the Enquete Commission of the German Federal Parliament on “Growth, Wealth, Quality of Life”.

My research interest focuses on the interplay between modern business and social systems including the institutional foundations of business systems, labour rights and corporate social responsibility. I have written extensively about the transformation of the German political economy in a comparative perspective and the role of labour market institutions in the Eurozone.

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