Oliver Nachtwey is Associate Professor of Social Structure Analysis at the University of Basel, and a fellow at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt. His research interests include labour and industrial sociology, political sociology, the comparative study of capitalism, and social movements.
An insightful account of the crises threatening German stability. - Morning Star A major critical review of Europe's most important country, its socio-economics, its politics, and its self-diagnoses. - Goeran Therborn A true masterpiece. Focusing on the case of Germany - which has long been mispresented and misperceived as a paragon of economic success and political stability - Oliver Nachtwey offers a detailed account of the crisis of contemporary capitalism. Moving at the forefront of leading theories of political economy, the book develops an empirically grounded synthetic perspective on regressive modernity , a concept of which much can be expected for future progress in the study of capitalist development. - Wolfgang Streeck Nachtwey's book provides a detailed analysis of postwar developments in Germany from a left-wing, working-class, and sociology-based perspective. I can highly recommend it to everyone interested in the past, present, and future of this crucially important country, many of whose problems face other Europeans and people in the United States as well, in particular the danger of some variant of fascism, most alarmingly in case of a repetition of the 2008 crisis-perhaps a far more serious one. - Victor Grossman, Monthly Review