Otto Haussleiter

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Otto Haussleiter (born August 12, 1896 in Barmen ; † August 1, 1982 ) was a German political scientist and administrative officer. While at the beginning of his career he mainly dealt with geopolitical and constitutional issues, his later research mainly covered administrative-sociological topics for professional reasons.


Origin and education

He was born in Barmen in 1896 as the son of the Evangelical Lutheran pastor Gottlob Haußleiter (1857–1934) . First he attended the grammar school in his hometown and then the Latin secondary school of the Francke Foundations in Halle an der Saale , since his father had got a job there in 1908 as a professor of missiology and practical theology. In 1914 he passed the emergency maturity examination.

Haussleiter had been enrolled at the United Friedrichs University in Halle since 1914 , but did not begin his studies until after the First World War in the winter semester of 1918/1919. He studied one semester each in Halle, at the Prussian University of Greifswald and at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen . In May 1921 he passed the first state examination in law and then continued his studies in economics and political science . Finally, in 1922, with his dissertation The Thought of Autarky as the guiding principle of foreign trade policy, he was awarded a Dr. rer. pole. PhD .

military service

At the beginning of the First World War he volunteered for military service. Because he was initially not classified as suitable for the front , he initially served as a nurse in the stage . In 1916 he came to the Eastern Front as a soldier in an artillery regiment . There he was wounded in 1917 and received the Iron Cross, 2nd class . After recovering in a hospital , he was assigned to a garrison service . It was not until September 1918 that he was drafted as a sergeant to an artillery regiment on the western front .

After the armistice and the demobilization that went with it , he joined a voluntary border guard force in West Prussia in 1919 .

Working life

Following his doctorate, Haußleiter received a position as an unscheduled faculty assistant at the political science seminar at the United Friedrichs University in Halle, but left this position in 1923. Between 1926 and 1945 he worked in the administrative service - among others in Magdeburg , Düsseldorf , Wiesbaden and Marburg .

He then briefly served as district administrator in Montabaur . With the rank of senior government councilor , he then worked as a department head in the Hessian Ministry of Economics and Transport . In this function he took part in June 1946 as a representative of the US occupation zone at the “Expert Conference on Basic Questions of Economic Management and Economic Planning” in Hamburg , to which Gerhard Weisser had invited. In the same year Haußleiter was appointed Ministerialrat in the Ministry. Towards the end of his professional career, he was also chairman of the Hessian examination committee for auditors and book auditors . On September 1, 1961, he retired.

Haußleiter had been a member of the German Society for Sociology since 1923 . He remained active as a journalist throughout his administrative career and published several books and specialist articles. In addition, he wrote numerous reviews , which appeared, for example, in the journal for the entire political science , in the world economic archive and in the quarterly for social and economic history .

Publications (selection)


  • The legal form of the workers' unions as a legislative problem . Meyers Buchdruckerei, Halberstadt , 1927.
  • The new training path for higher general administrative service for applicants with a degree in economics, finance and social sciences . In the series: “Schwartz Law Texts”, Issue 29. Otto Schwartz Verlag, Göttingen, 1960.
  • Administrative sociology. Subject, history, present-day problems . In the series: “Politics and Administration”, No. 9. Nomos Verlag , Baden-Baden , 1968.

Articles in collective works

Articles in trade journals

  • Jurisprudence and “understanding sociology”. Some remarks on Hans Kelsen's theory of the state . In: Kölner Vierteljahrshefte for sociology . 3rd year, 1923, pages 110-119.
  • The idea of ​​autarky as the guiding principle of foreign trade policy and its justification. Outlines for the history of an economic policy idea . In: Yearbook for Economics and Statistics . Volume 120, Volume 3 / Volume 65, 1923, pages 193-241.
  • Economy and the state as research subjects in anthropogeography and social sciences . In: World Economic Archive . Volume 20, Issue 3, 1924, pages 408-442.
  • To research the geographic influences in social events . In: Kölner Vierteljahrshefte for sociology . 4th year, issue 1/2, 1924, pages 95-102.
  • Rudolf Kjellén's empirical theory of the state and its roots in political geography and national studies . In: Archives for Social Science and Social Policy . 54th Volume, 1925, pp. 157-198.
  • Administrative structure and imperial reform . In: Journal for the entire political science . Volume 92, Issue 2, 1932, pages 212-237.
  • The autonomy movement of 1848 in the Dutch Duchy of Limburg and its true sociological character . In: Rheinische Vierteljahrsblätter , Volume 14, 1949, pages 97-137.
  • Administrative sociological thinking in the United States and Great Britain . In: Public Administration . Volume 12, 1959, page 168 ff.
  • The reorganization of the legal preparatory service in the focus of the social administration and the social sciences . In: Journal for Social Reform. 11th year, 1965, pages 647 ff.
  • The young Friedrich List and German administration . In: Public Administration . Volume 19, 1966, pages 41-46.
  • The young Friedrich List . A pioneer of the bourgeoisie for a free self-government of the municipalities and municipal associations . In: Der Landkreis - magazine for local self-government. Born in 1966, pages 121–123.
  • How the subject of "government" is taught and learned in the USA . In: Der Landkreis - magazine for local self-government. Born 1967, pages 389-390.
  • The old German camera faculties , their history and their significance for the present. To commemorate the foundation of the political economy faculty in Tübingen 150 years ago . In: Public Administration . Volume 20, 1967, pages 705-709.

Individual evidence

  1. HHStAW inventory 507 No. 14104
  2. a b c d e f Biographical information about Otto Haußleiter on the website of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Retrieved from on April 8, 2020.
  3. a b c Horst Baier , Gangolf Hübinger , M. Rainer Lepsius , Wolfgang J. Mommsen , Wolfgang Schluchter , Johannes Winckelmann ( Eds. ): Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe . Department III: Lectures and lecture transcripts, Volume 7. Mohr Siebeck Verlag , Tübingen , 2009, ISBN 978-3-16-149932-6 , page 54.
  4. ^ New Journal of Labor Law , Volume 8, 1928, page 175.
  5. Werner Abelshauser : Freedom Socialism or Social Market Economy? The expert conference on basic questions of economic control and economic planning on June 21 and 22, 1946 . In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte , 24, 1975, pages 415–449.
  6. Work and Law , Volumes 8/9, 1961, page 275.
  7. Personnel news in the area of ​​the Hessian Minister for Economics and Transport . In: State Gazette for the State of Hesse. № 8, 1962, page 263.