Claus Offe

Political Sociologist, Hertie School of Governance


Claus Offe is a political sociologist of Marxist orientation. He currently teaches political sociology at a private university in Berlin - the Hertie School of Governance. As a student of Jürgen Habermas, the left-leaning German academic, he is counted among the second generation Frankfurt School. He has made contributions to understanding the relationships between democracy and capitalism. His recent work has focused on economies and states in transition to democracy. He received his PhD from the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt.