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Visiting Fellow Profile

Otto Jacobi, Germany

Otto JacobiAfter retirement from professional work, Otto Jacobi is concentrating his intellectual activities on the Laboratorium Europa, a well-networked independent research centre. He is maintaining close relations to the Brussels-based European Trade Union Institute, the research arm of the European trade union movement, and to the Hans-Boeckler Foundation in Germany. Otto Jacobi was one of the organizers of the 2003 World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association. 

In the 1990s he was employed as temporary professor of economics and social policy at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt - University of Applied Sciences. Prior to this, he served as a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research. Since his early academic career he has been interested in the policy of trade unions and theory of industrial relations. More specifically, interrelations between economic, monetary and social developments have played a prominent role in his work. With the emergence of the European Union (EU), transnational social and labor relations have become a new field of his research. He published numerous books and articles on these items.

Recently appointed as Visiting Professor, he will be teaching a course on "The EU and its Social Model – Workers Participation Rights in Europe" during the fall 2008 semester. Subject is the establishment of the EU and the Community’s path to a socially-balanced transnational entity. Characteristic landmarks are transnational decision-making bodies, the creation of a common market, the introduction of the Euro, and the EU's commitment to social cohesion. The course will guide students from basic information to regulatory complexity and to strategically and theoretically contested issues.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Faculty Sponsor: Lowell Turner
Dates: August to December 2008; and January to May 2011 

ILRIC 3320: The EU and its Social Model: Workers' Participation Rights in Europe.

This course moves from the creation and development of the European Union through contemporary institutions and ongoing debates. The emphasis is on the politics of efforts by economic, social and political actors to build a socially balanced transnational entity.

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