Dieter Rucht (* June 26, 1946 in Kempten ( Allgäu) ) is a German sociologist. He is considered a leading expert in the field of protest and social movement research. Rucht is a member of the Scientific Board of ATTAC. Until his retirement in June 2011, he was Co- Head of Research Group Civil Society, Citizenship, and Political Mobilization in Europe at the Science Center Berlin (WZB ) and ( since 2001) Honorary Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Free University of Berlin ( Department of Political and Social Sciences ).
Dieter Rucht studied social studies, sports and political science at the Ludwig- Maximilians- University in Munich, was there a Ph.D. in 1980 in political science. For his dissertation, two publications emerged: " From Wyhl to Gorleben " (1980 ) and " planning and participation" (1982). He taught and conducted research in Munich, Berlin, Cambridge (Harvard University), Paris ( EHESS ) and Ann Arbor ( University of Michigan ). From 1988 to 1997 he worked as a research assistant in the Department of Public and Social Movements at the WZB, which was led by Friedhelm Neidhardt. From 1998 to 2000 he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury and then returned to the WZB, where he became head of the research group Political and public mobilization. From 2005 to 2011 he was head together with the historian Dieter Gosewinkel the Research Group Civil Society, Citizenship, and Political Mobilization in Europe. He is co-editor of the book series civil society and democracy in VS Publisher of Social Sciences, Wiesbaden.
- Political sociology
- Social Change
- Political participation
- Social movements
- Environmental conflicts
- European Integration
- Transnational political mobilization
Publications (selection )
- As editor along with Roland Roth: New Social Movements in the Federal Republic of Germany. Campus -Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, among other things, 1987, ISBN 3-593-33823-8
- As editor along with Roland Roth: The social movements in Germany since 1945, A Handbook. . Campus -Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, inter alia, 2008, ISBN 978-3-593-38372-9 (Weblink: review / critique the book on analysis and criticism - akweb.de )
- As editor along with Stefaan Walgrave: The World Says No to War. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis / London 2010, ISBN 978-0-8166-5095-8
- Modernization and new social movements. Germany, France and the U.S. compared. Campus -Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, inter alia, 1997, ISBN 3-593-35171-4 (Theory and Society 32)