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Robert M. La Follette
School of Public Affairs
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Madison, WI 53706

Telephone:  608.262.3581
Fax: 608.265.3233

Last updated:
September 26, 2013


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Jonathan Zeitlin

Left the university in 2010

Professor of Public Affairs, Sociology, Political Science, and History;
Director of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE);
Co-Director, European Union Center

Office: 319 Ingraham Hall
Phone: 608-265-6640
Fax: 608-265-2919

Jonathan Zeitlin is professor of public affairs, sociology, political science, and history; director of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE); founding director of the European Union Center of Excellence.

His research focuses on the comparative and historical analysis of socioeconomic governance, business organization, and employment relations, with particular emphasis on contemporary Europe. His current projects include a cross-sectoral analysis of the new architecture of experimentalist governance in the EU; an examination of the Open Method of Coordination and its influence on the reform of European welfare states; and a collaborative study of the globalization of component supply chains in old-line manufacturing industries (funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation). He has presented his policy research to European Union institutions, including the European Parliament, at committee hearings and conferences. He has served as consultant to the International Labour Organization, United Nations Development Organization, and Greater London Council. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, German Marshall Fund, European University Institute, British Economic and Social Research Council, and British Academy.

Professor Zeitlin has co-edited numerous volumes, including The Open Method of Co-ordination in Action: The European Employment and Social Inclusion Strategies (2005); Governing Work and Welfare in a New Economy: European and American Experiments (2003); and Americanization and Its Limits: Reworking U.S. Technology and Management in Postwar Europe and Japan (2000). He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters -- in a special issue of Industry & Innovation (2004) he guest edited "Supply Chain Governance and Regional Development in the Global Economy." He co-authored the book Local Players in Global Games: The Strategic Constitution of a Multinational Corporation (Oxford University Press, 2005). He received his doctorate in social history from Warwick University in the United Kingdom. He is a faculty associate of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS). He is editor of Socio-Economic Review.

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