Tobias Schulze-Cleven

Assistant Professor of Labor Studies, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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Schulze-Cleven studies labor market and higher education reforms across the wealthy democracies, examining the changing politics of social protection and economic growth. His projects are united by particular attention to processes of marketization and workers’ collective responses to these developments. At Rutgers, he teaches classes on comparative social policy, employment relations and the political economy of work. In addition to his academic work, he volunteers for the German Scholars Organization (GSO).

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"Germany in the Euro Crisis: Discovering the Limits of Ordnungspolitik," Tobias Schulze-Cleven, Monkey Cage Blog, January 21, 2011.


"Playing Normative Legacies: Partisanship and Employment Policies in Crisis-Ridden Europe" (with J. Timo Weishaupt). Politics & Society (forthcoming).
Analyzes how politicians seek to play the populace’s institutionally embedded value orientations about appropriate state actions in the labor market. Rather than merely representing constraints that politicians need to overcome, widely held norms can provide opportunities for political initiative from very different quarters.
" Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy: Politics and Policies of Transformation" Political Science and Politics 50, no. 2 (2017): 397-432.

Examines far-reaching transformation of American higher education. 

"Liberalizing the Academy: The Transformation of Higher Education in the United States and Germany," CSHE Research & Occasional Paper 1.15, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley, February 2015.
Probes the evolution of public higher education in the United States and Germany. Argues that public authorities in both countries have liberalized their systems to spur innovation in the provision of higher education. Broad convergence in market expansion has coincided with divergence in its modes and consequences.
"Conceptualizing Cooperation: Coordination and Concertation as Two Logics of Collective Action" (with Darius Ornston). Comparative Political Studies 48, no. 5 (2014): 555-585.
Conceptualizes distinct logics of collective action among employers, unions and the state. Argues that it is imperative to distinguish between processes of cross-class policy cooperation (i.e., concertation) and intra-class cooperation in production (i.e., employer coordination) to better understand the evolution of macro-level collective action.
"Labor Market Policy: Toward A ‘Flexicurity’ Model in the US?" in Lessons from Europe? What Americans Can Learn from European Public Policies, edited by R. Daniel Kelemen (CQ Press, 2014), 77-96.
Provides a new way of looking at the challenges and options for US labor market policymaking by examining other countries’ experiences with labor market policy and reform. Argues that US policymakers could draw inspiration from other democracies’ experiences with respect to both labor market policy and the policy process.
"The Transatlantic Agenda for Labor Market Reform: Increasing Adaptability through Continuing Training," American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, June 2009.
Examines how the economic crisis will affect higher education and vocational training in the U.S. and Germany. Discusses both the shared and differing characteristics between German and American education models.
"How Wealthy Nations Can Stay Wealthy: Innovation and Adaptability in a Digital Era" (with Bartholomew C. Watson and John Zysman). New Political Economy 12, no. 4 (2007): 451-475.
Probes the challenge for advanced countries to stay wealthy in a rapidly evolving and ever more competitive global economy. Reviews how changes in the mechanisms of value creation require wealthy nations to find new ways to adapt, and shows that social protection systems have an important role to play in helping societies reorganize existing economic structures.
"Against the Brain Drain of Young Researchers: Reform Proposals for Higher Education Policy in Germany" (with Conny Davidsen). Forschung & Lehre 7 (2007): 404-405.
Lays out proposals on how to reform the German higher education system in order to make it a more attractive place to work for young researchers.