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Dieter Plehwe

Visiting Scholar 2016-2017

Residency Dates: September 1, 2016 - February 29, 2017


Dieter Plehwe

Plehwe is a senior research fellow in the department “Inequality and Social Policy” at the Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB). He studied political science, economics and history in Marburg and New York and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Philipps-University Marburg in 1997. He taught political Sociology and International Political Economy courses at Philipps University Marburg, Yale University (2002-3), Free University Berlin, Vienna University (2008), and University of Kassel. He spent one year as a guest fellow at New York University’s International Center for Advanced Studies, participating in a project on the authority of knowledge in a global age (2004/5). His research interests are related to the larger question of the history and transformation of globalized capitalism, including regional integration in North America and Western Europe, the history and varieties of neoliberalism, transnational expert, consulting and lobby/advocacy networks, and the austerity related makeover of the welfare state. Plehwe serves as an editor of Critical Policy Studies. He is currently working on the global revitalization of entrepreneurship from the 1970s onward, and on the contemporary social co-production of austerity knowledge with a focus on European think tank networks.

During his stay at the Center, Dr. Plehwe will complete a project on the “Resilience of Neoliberalism: Transnational Networks of Organized Neoliberalism,” exploring the institutional characteristics of transnational networks characterized by a common normative orientation, networked agency and capacities, and performativity of collective output (story lines, indexes, rankings etc.). Plehwe will be at CES as a WZB Fellow from September 2016 to February 2017.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Senior Research Fellow, Inequality and Social Policy Research Unit, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)


  • Dieter Plehwe, editor, The Road from Mont Pèlerin. The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009).
  • Dieter Plehwe, Bernhard Walpen and Gisela Neunhöffer, eds., Neoliberal Hegemony: A global critique. (Routledge 2006).
  • Dieter Plehwe, Schmelzer, “Marketing Marketization. The Power of Neoliberal Expert, Consulting, and Lobby Networks,” in: Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History, 488-499 (2015).
  • Dieter Plehwe, “The Politics of Policy Think Tanks: Organizing Expertise, Legitimacy and Counter-Expertise in Policy Networks” In: Fischer, Frank et al. (Eds.): Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, (Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar, 358-379, 2015).
  • Dieter Plehwe, "Transnational Discourse Coalitions and Monetary Policy. Argentina and the Limited Powers of the 'Washington Consensus'" In: Critical Policy Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2, 127-148 (2011).

Other Material

Political Science

Areas of Expertise:
Regional integration in North America and Western Europe
Transnational expert and think tank networks
History and variety of neoliberalism

Research Topic:
Resilience of Neoliberalism: Transnational Networks of Organized Neoliberalism