Heinrich Oberreuter

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Heinrich Oberreuter

Heinrich Oberreuter (born September 21, 1942 in Breslau ) is a German political scientist . He is the director of the Institute for Journalist Training in Passau . He previously taught as a professor at the University of Passau and was director of the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing from 1993 to 2011 .

Live and act

Oberreuter studied political science , history , communication science and sociology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . From 1968 to 1978 he was a research assistant at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut of the University of Munich, from 1970 he was also a research assistant at the German Bundestag . In 1978 he moved to the Otto Suhr Institute at the Free University of Berlin as a professor, and from 1980 to 2010 he held a chair for political science at the University of Passau. In 1987 Oberreuter was visiting professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover , New Hampshire , USA.

In 1991, Oberreuter was appointed the founding dean for the humanities and social sciences at the Technical University of Dresden by the Saxon Minister of Science . There he was a member of the board of trustees and briefly (2002/03) also director of the Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism . During his two years of service, he succeeded in constituting the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Linguistics and Literature. Appointments to the Universities of Eichstätt (Chair of Communication Science), Dresden and Munich followed. On November 1, 1993 he became director of the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing. He was in charge of this facility until October 31, 2011. He is still active as the second chairman of the Academy's support group.

In 2002 Oberreuter was offered a position at the LMU Munich. However, he had not been properly placed on the list of appeals, and the administrative court found a violation of university autonomy. After negotiations, Oberreuter did not accept the call.

In 2010 he retired as a professor.

Between 2012 and 2017 he was in charge of the eighth new edition of the State Lexicon of the Görres Society, which was last edited in 1985 . The eighth edition comprises almost 2,000 entries in five volumes.

Political commitment

Heinrich Oberreuter has been a member of the CSU for many years . He ran in 1996 on the list of the CSU in the election to the Passau city council.

He was elected chairman of the Diet Commission of the Bavarian State Parliament in the electoral periods from 2003 to 2008 and 2008 to 2013 .

Heinrich Oberreuter is co-editor of the magazine for politics .

Memberships and honorary positions

He is also a temporary commentator for Bayerischer Rundfunk and a regular author in several daily and weekly newspapers.


Works (selection)

  • Parliament and government. A comparison of three systems of government (with Emil Hübner), Munich 1977.
  • Emergency and Democracy. From the monarchical government to the democratic constitutional state , Munich 1978 (also dissertation ).
  • Superior power of the media. Is democratic communication suffocating? , Zurich / Osnabrück 1982.
  • Parties between nest warmth and functional cold , Zurich / Osnabrück 1983.
  • Mood democracy. Currents in Political Consciousness , Zurich / Osnabrück 1987.
  • "Turning times. Contemporary history as a force that shapes political culture ”, Munich 2010.


  • The Bundestag seen from the inside. 24 contributions (with Emil Hübner and Heinz Rausch ), Munich 1969.
  • Parliamentary Opposition - An International Comparison , Hamburg 1975.
  • Pluralism. Foundation and discussion , Opladen 1980.
  • Decline in power and seizure of power. Rise and Rule of National Socialism (with Rudolf Lill ), Munich 1983 (2nd edition 1986).
  • Parties in the Federal Republic of Germany (with Alf Mintzel ), Munich 1990 (2nd ed. 1992).
  • "Party system at the turning point? Elections in the television democracy ”, Landsberg 1996.
  • “Uncertainties of Power. Parties - Voters - Voting Decision ", Munich 1998.
  • “A rich life: Hans Maier. Speeches for the 70th birthday. Ceremony on June 21, 2001 at the Academy for Political Education Tutzing “, Munich 2002.
  • “Dictatorships in Germany - Comparative Aspects. Structures, institutions and behavior ”(with Günther Heydemann), Federal Agency for Political Education, Series of publications, Volume 398, 2003.
  • “The core of political education. On the history of the academy from 1957 to 2007 ”, Munich 2009.
  • “At the end of the certainties. Voters, parties and coalitions on the move ”, Olzog, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-7892-8209-6 .
  • World politics in the 21st century. Perspectives on the new international order of states. Festschrift for Jürgen Schwarz (with Armin A. Steinkamm and Hanns-Frank Seller), Wiesbaden 2004.


  • Res publica semper reformanda. Science and political education in the service of the common good. Festschrift for Heinrich Oberreuter on his 65th birthday , ed. by Werner J. Patzelt , Martin Sebaldt and Uwe Kranenpohl , Wiesbaden 2007 (with list of publications).
  • Helmuth Rücker: Prof. Oberreuter is in great demand as a political scientist with a clear view. In: Passauer Neue Presse from September 21, 2007
  • Nikolaus Werz : Heinrich Oberreuter (born 1942). In: Eckhard Jesse / Sebastian Liebold (eds.): German political scientists - work and effect. From Abendroth to Zellentin. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2014, pp. 583-595.

Web links

Commons : Heinrich Oberreuter  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.institut-journalisten.de/_institut/vorstand.php
  2. Archive link ( Memento from January 16, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  3. http://www.institut-journalisten.de/_institut/vorstand.php
  4. "Inevitable, Independent, Unequaled": Prominent keynote speakers appreciate the work of the Academy Director. Homepage of the APB Tutzing Archive link ( Memento from January 16, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Archive link ( Memento from January 16, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Tobias Moorstedt, Barbara Höfler: Save the Scholls! Die Tageszeitung , November 26, 2003, p. 14.
    Jörg Lau: On higher pressure. The time 46/2002
  7. State Lexicon switched online. Görres-Gesellschaft , accessed on May 28, 2020 .
  8. ^ Article from January 6, 2010
  9. Press release of the Bavarian State Parliament of March 3, 2004
  10. Press release of the Bavarian State Parliament of March 30, 2009
  11. Member entry of Heinrich Oberreuter at the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, accessed on November 6, 2017
  12. Press release of May 26, 2003: Deserving citizens were honored with constitutional medals ( Memento of April 6, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on January 24, 2010