Wolfgang Hein / Robert Kappel

Raum, Welt, Wirtschaft: Andreas Predöhl – eine deutsche Wissenschaftlerkarriere

GIGA Working Paper, No. 252, August 2014

Andreas Predöhl’s career was typical of the careers of many prominent German academics in the post‐war period who had previously served the National Socialist regime during its rule. From 1934 to 1945, Predöhl was the director of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy; from 1949 to 1960, full professor in Kiel and Münster; and from 1964 to 1969, the first president of the German Overseas Institute, which is today the GIGA.
This paper critically and comprehensively examines his relationship to National Socialism as well as his academic contributions, which consist primarily of studies on the following topics:

  • development theory
  • the theory of space‐creating locational factors against the background of the international discussion of global economic spatial structures
  • new growth centers in the global economy and the tension between nation‐states’ interests and their steering capacities within the process of globalization.

Predöhl’s work provides starting points for today’s research on these topics and thus important approaches for understanding the dynamics of a global economy that is expanding through the creation of new centers. However, his active involvement in the National Socialist regime of terror also demonstrates that as an element of political practice, academia has a great responsibility.

GIGA Authors

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hein is an associate at the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies and a member of Research Programme 4 “Power and Ideas.” He has been working for the GIGA within the Leibniz Research Alliance “Infections’21.” His work focuses on global health governance, the control of infectious diseases, and on global change.

Recent Publications by the Authors

Wolfgang Hein / Anne Paschke

Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Medicines – a Global Public Good

GIGA Focus Global, 04/2020

Wolfgang Hein

Transnationale Akteure und die Implementierung von Normen in Global Health Governance

in: Cord Jakobeit / Robert Kappel / Ulrich Mückenberger (eds.), Transnationale Akteure und Normbildungsnetzwerke, Baden Baden: Nomos, 2018, 79-108