Solidarity Beyond the National State

The Research Group

The RG Solidarity Beyond the National State, together with the Social-Scientific Class of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, organised a conference which addressed the question of the connection between solidarity, social order, and international integration.

The participants examined the consequences of increasing internationalisation for those institutions of national states guaranteeing claims to solidarity and the possibilities for the institutionalisation of solidarity commitments beyond the national state, as well as a form of solidarity that operates one level below the level of the national state, as it were. The conference took place at the Harnack-Haus in Berlin-Dahlem on April 16-17 2004. The conference proceedings were published in the same year.

Conference Proceedings

Transnational Solidarity. Opportunities and Limits

Solidarity is the fundamental principle of the social state and an important, at the same time threatened, resource of modern societies. It is threatened if citizens evade their solidarity commitments or take advantage of their social rights without sharing the solidarity responsibilities connected to them. Globalisation can intensify these problems. De-nationalisation can lead to an anonymisation of the collective which can claim solidarity support. The authors of this volume examine the foundations of solidarity and threats to them caused by processes of de-nationalisation, and show in how far contemporary societies depend on solidarity.

The conference proceedings with contributions to the conference "Solidarität jenseits des Nationalstaates" was edited by Jens Beckert, Julia Eckert, Martin Kohli and Wolfgang Streeck and published in September 2004 with Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main. Contributors include Helmut Anheier, Johannes Berger, Wolfgang van den Daele, Rainer Döbert, Jürgen Habermas, Franz-Xaver Kaufmann, Herfried Münkler, Claus Offe, Ilona Ostner, Klaus Schlichte, Reinhard Schulze, Steffen Sigmund, Rudolf Stichweh, Christian Tomuschat and Heike Walk.



  • Jens Beckert


    Jens Beckert
    Sociology / Business Management
    Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln
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  • Jörg Rössel

    Jörg Rössel
    Universität Zürich (Schweiz)
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  • Heike Solga

    Heike Solga
    Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
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