Rudolf HRBEK

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Hrbek is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tübingen, where he had a chair for Political Science from 1976 to 2006, and was chairing the Jean-Monnet-Centre of Excellence until 2006. His priorities in teaching and research include the comparative analysis of political systems in Europe (with a focus on political parties/party systems); the political system of the EU (focus on MLG, with special attention to the role of political parties, interest organisations, the Civil Society and the regions/municipalities); the study of federalism (since 1993 he has been chairing the European Centre for Research on Federalism – EZFF/ECRF – at the University of Tübingen). Prof. Hrbek is co-editor of the book series „Integration Europas und Ordnung der Weltwirtschaft“ (46 titles since 1994); he is responsible for editing the ECRF’s „Jahrbuch des Föderalismus“ (since 2000) and the book series of the ECRF (48 titles since 1993). He has published widely in edited volumes and leading Journals. Since 1980 he is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Brugge; and from 1988 to 2011 he was chairperson of the Selection Committee for German graduate students for the College of Europe. He was Visiting Professor in prestigeous universities in Switzerland, Italy, Thailand and the USA. He is engaged in academic associations and networks, such as the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration (the German ECSA) where he is President. Prof. Hrbek was involved in several research projects of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, the Thyssen Foundation, as well as the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions. He was the chairperson of the DFG-Graduate School „Europäische Integration“ (1990-1995), and the Director of the Postgraduate Programme „Master of European Studies (MEUS)“ (2000-2007), both at the University of Tübingen.