I was born on 14th July 1946 at Zurich. I am a native of Switzerland and a professor emeritus of Political Science and of Applied Social Science at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. From 1989 to 2011, I was president/ director of the Institute of Work and Technology, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. I studied sociology, political science, business administration and economics at the Universities of Freiburg, Germany, and Mannheim, Germany. I received my diploma in sociology 1970 from the University of Mannheim, Germany, where I also made my Ph.D. in Political Science in 1972 and my Habilitation in 1978. I was teaching at the Universities of Mannheim, Germany, Zurich, Switzerland, Muenster, Germany, Heidelberg, Germany, and at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Among others, I was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Choice, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a honorary professor at the university of Sunderland, a vice-president of the German political science association and a member of the executive committee of the European Consortium of Political Research. I served in a number of advisory boards and committees. I also worked as an consultant for the German Corporation for Technical Assistance (GTZ) in Peru and Yemen..
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