The chair empirical macro sociology is dedicated to the study of societies, institutions and organizations, especially their patterns, structures and dynamics. The objective is to detect empirical regularities based on testable propositions, and to formulate middle-range theories that over time form more comprehensive explanations of how societies and their component parts assume patterns, develop structures, and change. Emphasis is on comparative perspectives and research designs.
Thematic foci include:
Third Sector Studies
The institutional complex between market and state remains ill understood, especially in its comparative behavior and contributions to society. Projects include:
- The study of philanthropy, especially foundations, and their positions, roles and contributions;
- The development of civil society, both in domestic and transnational contexts;
- The behavior of nonprofit organizations, especially in terms of social innovations
How do societies manage collective problems? What forms of governance are needed to address issues of common concern such as financial market regulation, or the governance of Europe?
- The governance infrastructure
- Governing democracy and innovations in democratic systems
- International organizations: performance and reform
Culture features prominently in sociology. In a board sense, it refers to values and norms, and in a narrow sense to arts & culture. Both aspects are affected deeply by globalization and often in complex ways:
- Cultures, conflicts and tensions
- Cultural diplomacy and soft power
- Cultural policy and the metropolis
Sociological research methods are becoming more diverse. Especially for comparative purposes, they include a broader repertoire that can be employed in empirical research:
- Indicators research
- Network analysis
- Comparative methods
The following courses are offered more or less regularly:
- Associations and civil society
- Research methods
- Comparing societies
- Globalization and future scenarios
- Cultural sociology
- Nonprofit management
List of current projects
- Social innovations and third sector organizations
- Foundations in Germany: positions, roles, contributions
- Soft power institutions: a comparative study
- Democratic innovations
- Foundations in Europe: positions, roles, contributions
- Governing the UN: performance and reform
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
- Helmut K. Anheier. “Rollback of Democracy? Trajectories of Democractic Developments in Europe". Special Issue. Global Policy 6 (1), 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Gorgi Krlev “Governance and Management of Hybridity.” Special Issue. International Studies of Management & Organization, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier, “Current Trajectories of Democracy – Diagnosis, Implications, Proposals.” Global Policy 6 (1), pp. 1-3,
- Helmut K. Anheier. “How to rule the Void? Policy Responses to a ‘Hollowing Out’ of Democracy.” Global Policy 6 (1), pp. 127-129, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Gorgi Krlev. “Guest Editor’s Introduction - Governance and Management of Hybridity.” International Studies of Management & Organization 45 (3), pp. 193-206, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Diana Leat. “The creative value of foundations in a democracy”, in: Michael Moody and Beth Breeze (Eds.). The Philanthropy Reader. London and New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 342-345, 2016.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Rolf Alter. “The Infrastructure Challenge: Changing Needs, Persistent Myths.” Hertie School of Governance. The Governance Report 2016. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 15-30, 2016.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Sonja Kaufmann. “Governance Innovations: Infrastructure.” Hertie School of Governance. The Governance Report 2016. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 125-148, 2016.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Rolf Alter. “Improving Infrastructure Governance: Implications and Recommendations.” Hertie School of Governance. The Governance Report 2016. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 175-188, 2016.
- Helmut K. Anheier, “Towards a monitoring framework”, in: Yudhishthir Raj Isar (ed.), 2005 Convention Global Report, Re/ Shaping Cultural Policies. A Decade Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expression for Development, Paris: UNESCO, pp. 31-42, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Olga Kononykhina, “Partnering with civil society”, in: Yudhishthir Raj Isar (ed.), 2005 Convention Global Report, Re/ Shaping Cultural Policies. A Decade Promoting the Diversity of Cultural Expression for Development, Paris: UNESCO, pp. 89-100, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier, “The 2005 UNESCO Convention and Civil Society: An Initial Assessment,” in: De Beukelaer, C., Pyykkonen, M., and Singh J. P. (Eds.). Globalization, Culture and Development: The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 182-202, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Anne Nassauer, “The 'Swarm Intelligence' and Occupy - Recent Subterranean Politics In Germany” in: Subterranean Politics in Europe, Mary Kaldor and Sabine Selchow Eds., Palgrave Macmilan, pp. 94-118, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier, “Foundation Models in Europe,” in: European Foundations for Research and Innovation, (EUFORI) Study, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Michael Hölscher, “Cultural Sustainability in Small and Medium-sized Cities: What are the Issues?” in: Hristova, Svetlana, Dragicevic‐Sesic Milena, Duxbury Nancy: Culture and Sustainability of European Cities: Imagining Europolis, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier and Nikolas Scherer, “Voluntary Actions and Social Movements,” in: Della Porta, Donatella, Diani, Mario (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Social Movements, Oxford University Press, pp. 494-510, 2015.
- Helmut K. Anheier. “Innovation und gesellschaftliche Balance.“ In: Das Deutschland-Prinzip, Wolfgang Clement (Ed), 2015.
Current Publication Projects
- Governance indicators (Oxford University Press)
- Third sector companion (Routledge)
- International encyclopedia of civil society (Springer, 2nd edition)
- Nonprofit organizations (Routledge, 3rd edition)
- Ambiguity of organizational success and failure (Routledge)
- Social innovations and the third sector in Europe: a comparative study (Palgrave)