Claus Offe

Claus Offe teaches Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. He completed his PhD at the University of Frankfurt and his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz. In Germany, he has held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at the Humboldt-University of Berlin (1995-2005). He has worked as fellow and visiting professor at, among others, the Institutes for Advanced Study in Stanford, Princeton, and the Australian National University as well as Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the New School University, New York.

Claus is a political sociologist of Marxist orientation. Once a student of Jürgen Habermas, Claus is counted amongst the so-called ‘second generation’ of Frankfurt School theorists. He has made substantive contributions to understanding the relationships between democracy and capitalism, with recent work focusing upon economies and states in transition to democracy.

Claus has established a global reputation as an advocate of a ‘basic income’ for all citizens.