Short CV/Education and training

  • 1929
    Born in Berlin, Germany

  • 1947
    Abitur (A-levels) in Berlin

  • 1950
    B.A., Wellesley College, USA

  • 1953
    Dr phil., Freie Universität (FU) Berlin

  • 1953 – 1957
    UNESCO Social Sciences Institute at Cologne, Germany

  • 1957
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at FU Berlin

  • 1958 – 1959
    Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation

  • 1959 – 1960
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York

  • 1965 – 1971
    Full professor of sociology at FU Berlin

  • 1971 – 1973
    Full professor of organisational sociology at the (now) German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany

  • 1973 – 1985
    Full professor of sociology at the University of Cologne, Director of the Institute of Applied Social Research

  • 1977
    Honorary doctorate (Dr. h.c.) from Uppsala University, Sweden

  • 1979
    Honorary doctorate from the University of Paris X – Nanterre

  • 1985
    Founding director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

  • 1997
    Emeritus professor

Selected publications

  • Mayntz, Renate, Fritz W. Scharpf (1975): Policy Making in the German Federal Bureaucracy. Amsterdam: Elsevier

  • Mayntz, Renate (1978): Soziologie der öffentlichen Verwaltung, 4th revised edition 1997. Heidelberg: C.F. Mueller Verlag, Hüthig GmbH

    Italian translation, 1984; Spanish translation, 1985; Japanese translation, 1986

  • Mayntz, Renate, Fritz W. Scharpf (eds.) (1995): Gesellschaftliche Selbstregelung und politische Steuerung. Schriften des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gesellschaftsforschung Köln, Vol. 23. Frankfurt: Campus

  • Mayntz, Renate (1997): Soziale Dynamik und politische Steuerung. Theoretische und methodologische Überlegungen. Schriften des Max-Planck-Instituts für Gesellschaftsforschung, Vol. 29, Frankfurt: Campus Verlag

  • Mayntz, Renate (2009): Über Governance. Institutionen und Prozesse politischer Regelung. Schriften aus dem Max-Planck-Insitut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Vol. 62, Frankfurt: Campus

  • Mayntz, Renate (2009): Sozialwissenschaftliches Erklären. Probleme der Theoriebildung und Methodologie. Schriften aus dem MPI für Gesellschaftsforschung, Vol. 63, Frankfurt: Campus

  • Mayntz, Renate (ed.) (2012): Crisis and Control. Institutional Change in Financial Market Regulation. Frankfurt: Campus

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associate Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, 2004 – 2009

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) steering group "Knowledge for decision-making processes"

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Senate, 1974 – 1980

  • Member of the study commission for the reform of the laws regarding public service, 1970 – 1973


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