Dr. Annette Zimmer

Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer – a DAAD/AICGS Fellow and Professor of German and European Social Policy and Comparative Politics at the University of Münster in Germany. Educated in Mannheim and Heidelberg, she has worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada, as a Research Associate at the John Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project and as a Visiting Fellow at Yale University.

Dr. Zimmer works on various issues concerning Governance and Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector in selected policy fields and countries. Dr. Zimmer has written numerous articles on Third Sector Policies and Social Policy. Dr. Zimmer is an elected member of several prestigious positions, including the Governing Board of the German Political Science Association, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Social Policy at Bremen University and the Secretarial Board of the International Society for present Third Sector Research. She is also the President of the Institute for Political Sciences at the University of Münster.

As a DAAD/AICGS Fellow, she will conduct research on the topic “At the Eve of Convergence? Social Service and Health Care Provision in the U.S. and Germany.” Her project investigates the topic of whether and to what extent personal social services in the U.S. and Germany are affected by the current societal, economic, and political changes, of which the financial crisis counts most prominently.

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At the Eve of Convergence? Social Services in the U.S. and Germany


In Policy Report 42, Annette Zimmer and Steven Rathgeb Smith look at social service and health care provision in the United States and Germany, examining the historical development of the different styles of welfare state, the role of public and private expenditures and providers, and current trends in the two countries. The authors offer answers to questions such as how is social service and health care provision affected by the new approach of designing social policy? They also address whether path-dependency in the two countries is still in place; or if German and American nonprofit social and health care providers, confronted with similar problems, tend to adopt similar strategies in order to keep or even enlarge their share of a growing market of social service provision.

A Nation of Joiners: Sports Clubs in Germany


There is no doubt that America looks back upon a long tradition of voluntarism and civic activity, organized by and large in voluntary organizations, writes Dr. Annette Zimmer, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow and Professor at the University of Münster. But it is not as well known, however, that Germany stands out for its club culture as well, including more than 90,000 registered sports clubs with more than 27 million members. Dr. Zimmer looks at the history of German club culture and concludes that while the overall attitude toward German sports clubs is strong, these clubs will increasingly face membership challenges in the future due to the changing structure of German society.