Rainer Schmalz-Bruns

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Rainer Schmalz-Bruns (born September 11, 1954 in Lüneburg ; † March 31, 2020 there ) was a German political scientist and university professor .


After graduating from high school in 1973 at the Johanneum Lüneburg , Schmalz-Bruns served in the German Armed Forces for two years . He then completed a teaching degree in political science, sociology, economics, literary studies and educational science at the University of Hamburg , which he graduated with the first state examination in 1980. In 1986 he received his doctorate with a dissertation on French practical theory under Udo Bermbach . From 1986 to 1987 Schmalz-Bruns worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Lüneburg . He then worked as a research assistant at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin . From 1989 on, he worked for five years as a research assistant at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg . In 1994 he completed his habilitation at the University of Hamburg with a thesis on reflexive democracy. After substituting professorships in Gießen and Darmstadt , Schmalz-Bruns took over the professorship for political theory at the Institute for Political Science at the TU Darmstadt as successor to Michael Th. Greven in 1997. In 2005 he switched to the professorship for the history of political ideas and theories of politics at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University in Hanover .

Schmalz-Bruns worked for twelve years on the board of the section for political theory and the history of ideas of the German Association for Political Science and headed it from 1997 to 2003. From 2000 he held a board position at the DVPW. From 2010 to 2016, Schmalz-Bruns was the managing director of the editorial team for the Politische Vierteljahresschrift . He was also a long-time editor of the series of publications of the DVPW section on Political Theory and History of Ideas and a member of the advisory board of the Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte .

Schmalz-Bruns came out particularly with publications in the field of political theory. In doing so, he focused on French practical theory, institutional theory, international relations, and legal theory .

Schmalz-Bruns was married. There is a son from marriage. Rainer Schmalz-Bruns died in spring 2020 at the age of 65 after a serious illness in Lüneburg.

Works (selection)

  • Everyday life, subjectivity, reason. Practical theory in conflict. (Dissertation), Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen 1989, ISBN 978-3-531-12097-3 .
  • Approaches and perspectives in institutional theory. A bibliographical and conceptual introduction. Deutscher Universitätsverlag, Wiesbaden 1989, ISBN 978-3-322-93831-2 .
  • Reflexive democracy. The participatory transformation of modern politics. (Habilitation thesis), Nomos, Baden-Baden 1995, ISBN 978-3-8452-6141-6 .
  • With Ansgar Klein (ed.): Political participation and civic engagement in Germany. Possibilities and limits. Nomos, Baden-Baden 1997, ISBN 978-3-7890-5132-6 .
  • With Reinhard Zintl (ed.): Political trust. Social foundations of reflexive cooperation. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2002, ISBN 978-3-7890-7900-9 .
  • With Claudia Landwehr (Ed.): Deliberative Democracy in Discussion. Challenges, tests, criticism. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2014, ISBN 978-3-8487-1543-5 .


  • Oliver Flügel-Martinsen, Daniel Gaus, Tanja Hitzel-Cassagnes, Franziska Martinsen (eds.): Deliberative criticism - criticism of deliberation. Festschrift for Rainer Schmalz-Bruns. Springer VS, Wiesbaden 2014, ISBN 978-3-658-02859-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary for Rainer Schmalz-Bruns. In: theorieblog.de. April 2, 2020, accessed April 2, 2020 .