Geert Reuten

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Geert Reuten

Thaddeus Antonius Gerardus Maria (Geert) Reuten (born April 16, 1946 in Heerlen) is a Dutch economist and former politician. On behalf of the Socialist Party (SP) he was a senator in the First Chamber (upper house) of the Dutch parliament from June 2007 till June 2015. Reuten also teaches economics at the University of Amsterdam, and is internationally recognized as an expert on Marx and Hegel.

Reuten studied economics and sociological economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and at Birkbeck College of the University of London. He graduated in 1988 at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). From 1977, he was lecturer and later professor at the UvA. From 2002 to 2014, he was director of the Master of Economics at the same university. His prominent work The Capitalist System is now also used as a textbook in University of Amsterdam for advanced BSc and MSc course.

He joined in Socialist Party and since that year as the economic adviser to the party in the House. In the first election in 2007 he was elected to the Senate. He was sworn in on June 12, 2007. His term ended on June 9, 2015. Reuten has also been active in the alter-association Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens, ATTAC.