Profile: Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Assistant Professor


Tobias Schulze-Cleven specializes in the comparative political economy of labor market and education reforms in advanced democracies, studying both the drivers and the consequences of contemporary institutional changes. At SMLR, he teaches courses on the international and comparative dimensions of employment relations. University-wide, he serves as the project director for the interdisciplinary working group on “Capitalism and Democracy in Conflict? Governing Work in the Global Economy.”

His current book project analyzes changes in labor market policy in Europe, focusing in particular on the role of unions in shaping national processes of adaptation in Germany and Denmark. The research identifies diverging pathways to increase labor market flexibility over the past several decades and highlights the reorientation of labor market policies away from providing “passive” support toward “activating” workers. In a second stream of research, Tobias Schulze-Cleven studies the liberalization of higher education in the United States and Germany.

Professor Schulze-Cleven’s research has been published in journal articles, book chapters, and newspapers. His work has been supported by a variety of fellowships, including Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, Germany’s Max Planck Society, and the University of California’s Labor and Employment Research Fund. He is the recipient of a teaching award at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Associated Programs

    Faculty Affiliate, Center for European Studies

  • Courses Taught

    Labor and the Global Economy (Fall 2012)

    Comparative Labor Movements (Spring 2013)

    Internat'l/Comp. Labor and Employment Relations (Spring 2013)

  • Education

    PhD & MA (Political Science). University of California, Berkeley.

    MSc (Comparative Social Policy). University of Oxford.

    BA (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). University of Oxford.

  • Publications

    “Beware of German Fragility: Negative European Externalities of Domestic Institutional Exhaustion.” EUSA Review 24(3), Fall 2011, pp. 3-4

    “Employment Policy.” In International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino, eds. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2011, pp. 1885-91)

    “How Wealthy Nations Can Stay Wealthy: Innovation and Adaptability in a Digital Era,” with Bartholomew C. Watson and John Zysman. New Political Economy 12(4), December 2007, pp. 451-475 

    “The Learning Organization.” In How Revolutionary was the Revolution? National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technology in the Digital Era. John Zysman and Abraham Newman, eds. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006, pp. 234-241)

  • Expertise

    Comparative/International Employment Relations

    Comparative Political Economy

    European Politics

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