Fritz W. Scharpf

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Fritz W. Scharpf (born February 12, 1935 in Schwäbisch Hall) is a German professor and Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. His areas of interest include; the organisational problems and decision processes in governments at all levels; the political economy of inflation and unemployment; comparative political economy of the welfare state.[1]

In 2000, Scharpf was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.

Other awards[edit]

  • 2008 Honorary doctorate of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy
  • 2007 Science Prize of the Stifterverband
  • 2007 Lifetime Contribution Award in EU Studies from the European Union Studies Association[2]
  • 2004 Bielefeld Science Award, (with Renate Mayntz)
  • 2004 Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2003 Honorary Doctorate, Humboldt University Berlin


Scharpf is an author of several books and his articles have appeared in numerous journals.[3][4]

In a 1988 scholarly article, Scharpf, Fritz W. (1988). 'The Joint-Decision Trap. Lessons From German Federalism and European Integration'. Public Administration, Vol. 66, No. 2. pp. 239–78. ,[5] he identified a situation labelled joint decision trap, in which there is a tendency for government decisions to be taken at the lowest common denominator in situations where the decision-makers have the ability to veto the proposals. It is common challenge for federal governments, such as Germany, and the European Union.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Untitled 1". Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Books by Author "SCHARPF, Fritz W"". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Goodreads - Books by Fritz W Scharpf". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Joint-Decision Trap: Lessons from German Federalism and European integration". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Joint-Decision Trap Revisited". London School of Economics. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Introduction: The EU's Decision Traps and their Exits, A Concept for Comparative Analysis" (PDF). Retrieved 14 August 2012. [permanent dead link] by Gerda Falkner
  8. ^ "Who governs the environmental policy in the EU? A study of the process towards a common climate target". Retrieved 7 November 2010. 

External links[edit]