Wolfgang Streeck

Between Globalism and Democracy - Political Economics in Late Neoliberalism

Wolfgang Streeck
Foto: Wolfgang Streeck
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Wolfgang Streeck, born in 1946, was the director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Research in Cologne until 2014. He is a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. His book Gekaufte Zeit. Die vertagte Krise des demokratischen Kapitalismus was nominated for the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2013 (non-fiction category) and has been translated into 17 languages to date.

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»Wolfgang Streeck is the Karl Polanyi of our time.« Perry Anderson

What comes after neoliberalism? – The much-anticipated sequel to the international success Buying Time

»A nation state imbedded in an international blueprint for lasting peace, structurally unable to attack, is the only political construct that can be democratised.«


In the heyday of neoliberalism globalisation was considered inevitable and redistributive democracy obsolete. The promise was prosperity for all, the result was growing inequality. Economic stagnation coincided with a worldwide crisis of confidence in democratic institutions, including established political parties and trade unions. New movements like the »yellow vests« and newly formed parties at the margins of the political spectrum emerged in protest of declining political protection against rapidly rising economic and social uncertainty.

In his brilliant new book, Wolfgang Streeck argues that in light of this situation, whose causes appear all the more pronounced due to the Corona pandemic, it is time to make a fundamental decision. Should the reorganisation of the state system continue as before, i.e. towards ever greater supranational centralisation? Or would a rebuilding of decentralized autonomy and sovereignty – a return to more democratic self-government on the ground – be a better answer? In the book Streeck explores the limits of technocratic or free-market centralization within and between states and the possibilities of democratic decentralization as a response to the crises of our time, especially in Europe.


»Streeck has found a form of sociologically informed crisis narrative that enables us to see more clearly rather than give up in the face of the complexity of the world.« Süddeutsche Zeitung on Gekaufte Zeit

Other publications

Die große Regression/The Great Regression (2017)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Seix Barral), Catalan rights (Grup 62), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Estação Liberdade), Korea (Sallim), Portugal (PRH – Objectiva), France (Premier Parallèle; Paperback Sublicense: Gallimard Folio), Italy (Feltrinelli), Netherlands (Atlas|Contact), Czech Republic (Rybka), Bulgaria (KX Critique & Humanism), Romania (ART), Turkey (Metis)

Gekaufte Zeit/Buying Time (2013)

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English world rights (Verso), Spanish world rights (Katz), Chinese simplex rights (Social Sciences Academic Press), Russia (Higher School of Economics), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Boitempo), Portugal (Actual), Arabic world rights (Sefsafa), France (Gallimard), Italy (Feltrinelli), Netherlands (Leesmagazijn), Sweden (Daidalos), Finland (Vastapaino), Korea (Dolbegae), Japan (Misuzu Shobo), Poland (Natolin European Center), Bulgaria (K&X Critique & Humanism), Turkey (Koc UP)