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Stephen Silvia

Professor
School of International Service

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    Affiliate Professor, Department of Economics
  • Dr. Stephen Silvia teaches comparative industrial relations, comparative politics, international economics, and international trade relations.
  • Degrees

    PhD, political science, Yale University; BS, industrial and labor relations, Cornell University
  • Languages Spoken:

    German (reading, writing, and speaking) and French (reading)
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Research Interests

Dr. Silvia's research specializes in comparative labor markets and comparative industrial relations, with a focus on Germany and the European Union. He also writes about German politics and political parties.  

Selected Publications

  • Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era.  Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2013.
  • "The Unsinkable Dollar-Euro Exchange Rate," AICGS Advisor, 9 October 2012.
  • “Why do German and US Reactions to the Financial Crisis differ?” German Politics and Society 29, no. 4 (Winter 2011).
  • "Things Fall Apart: Contemporary Analyses of German Economic and Political Developments," Comparative European Politics, (October 2010).
  • "The Elusive Quest for Normalcy: The German Economy since Unification," German Politics and Society 28, no. 2 (Summer 2010), pp. 82-101.
  • "Why Germany reformed Public Pensions, but the United States did not," German Studies Review 32, no. 1 (February 2009): 23-50.
  • "German Trade Unionism in the Postwar Years: The Third and Fourth Movements," in Craig L. Phelan, ed., Trade Unions since 1945: Towards a Global History. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009.
  • "Why are German Employers Associations Declining? Arguments and Evidence," Comparative Political Studies 40, no. 12 (Dec. 2007): 1433-59 [lead author, with Wolfgang Schroeder].
  • The German Locomotive: Can It Drive the European Economy? Transatlantic Council of the United States, 2007 (with Fran Burwell et al.).
  • "Is the Euro Working? The Euro and European Labor Markets," Journal of Public Policy 24, no. 2 (August 2004): 147-168.
  • Reinventing the German Economy. AICGS, The Johns Hopkins University, 2003.
  • "Gewerkschaften und Arbeitgeberverbnde, [Trade Unions and Employers Associations,] in Wolfgang Schroeder and Berhard Wessels, eds., Gewerkschaften in Politik und Gesellschaft der Bundesrepublik [Trade Unions in the Politics and Society of the Federal Republic]. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2003, [with Wolfgang Schroeder].
  • "Reform Gridlock and the Role of the Bundesrat in German Politics," West European Politics 22, no. 2 (April 1999): 167-181.

Professional Presentations

  • “Diffuse Openness: An Empirical Challenge to the Hegemonic Stability Theory,” International Studies Association, Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, 3-6 April 2013.
  • “European Labor Market Performance during the Financial and Euro Crises: Wage Rigidity and the Risk of Hysteresis,” Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, D.C., 29 January 2013.
  • “Die zwei deutschen Gewerkschaftsmodelle der Nachkriegszeit.” Das deutsche Gewerkschaftsmodell im Übergang. Festkolloquium anlässlich des 60. Geburtstages von Detlev Wetzel, der zweite Vorsitzende der IG Metall, Frankfurt am Main, 24 January 2013.
  • “Social Custom as an Explanation for Union Decline in Germany,” New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 25 September 2012.
  • “German Lessons for American Manufacturers.” American Boiler Makers Association, Annual Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 13-16 January 2012.
  • “European Monetary Union: Philosophy, Organization and Performance.” Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State, 6 September 2011.
  • “Explaining the Difference in European and US Reactions to Financial Crisis,” European Responses to Economic Crisis: Lessons for the US, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 7-8 April 2011.
  • “Understanding Germany’s Response to Economic Crises,” Three Big Players out of Sync: The United States, China and Germany in the Economic Crisis, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1 April 2011.
  • "The Euro Crisis: Out of the Woods, or Waste Deep in the Big Muddy?” Foreign Service Institute, United States Department of State, 8 February 2011.
  • “A Comparison of Public Pension Issues in Germany and the USA,” Université Montpellier, France, 8 October 2010.
  • “Industrial Relations in Europe, Germany and the USA: Different History, Culture and Approach,” Deutsche Post - DHL Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C., 28 June 2010.
  • “Unemployment and Labor Markets,” IX Annual Meeting of the Global Atlanticists, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 14 April 2010.
  • “Employee Relations at T-Mobile USA and Deutsche Telekom: More Contrast than Commonality,” Transnational Corporations and Labor Relations: The Case of Deutsche Telekom, A Joint Workshop sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation; the Kalmonovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University; and the Communication Workers of America; at Equality Center, Human Rights Campaign, Washington, D.C., 18 November 2009.

Residencies

  • Guest Professor, Université Montpellier I, France, October 2010.
  • Guest Professor, University of Kassel (Germany), January 2009.  
  • DaimlerChrysler Senior Fellow, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., 2002-2003.   
  • James Bryant Conant Fellow in German and European Studies, Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, September 1994 - August 1995.   
  • Visiting Scholar, Zentralinstitut für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung (ZI SOWIFO, Central Institute for Social Science Research), Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany January - August 1993.   
  • Visiting Scholar, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut Düsseldorf, Germany August - December 1992.   
  • In-Residence Fellow, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., January - July 1992.   
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 1988 - August 1989.   
  • Visiting Scholar, Institut für Sozialforschung (IfS, Institute for Social Science Research), Frankfurt/Main, Germany, January - July 1986.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • European Commission, American Consortium on EU Studies/European Union Center for Excellence, Principal Investigator at American University, 2001-present.
  • Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Research Fellowship, “Industrial Relations Practices of German Automobile Plants operating in the United States of America,” September 2014 - August 2015
  • School of International Service Policy Research Scholar, 2012-13.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, German Studies Seminar, Germany, June 2009.   
  • Board Member, American Council on EU Studies, European Center of Excellence.
  • Guest Professor, University of Kassel (Germany), January 2009.   
  • DaimlerChrysler Senior Fellow, August 2002-January 2003, "Working as One? European Economic Integration and Labor-Market Reform." American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.   
  • Volkswagen Foundation, 1999-2001, "The Transatlantic Business Dialogue: Steering Models in a Multilevel System between Politics and Economics," (with Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, Germany).   
  •  Director of Regulatory Studies, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., 1998-2000.   
  • James Bryant Conant Fellow in German and European Studies, Harvard University, Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies, September 1994 - August 1995.   
  • Fulbright Junior Researcher Award, Germany, October 1992 - August 1993.   
  • Bosch Younger Scholars Program in the Social Sciences, In-residence Fellowship, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., January - July 1992.   
  • Visiting Scholar, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Zentralinstitut für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung (ZI SOWIFO], Central Institute for Social Science Research), 1993.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • European Commission, American Consortium on EU Studies/European Union Center for Excellence, Principal Investigator at American University, 2001-present
  • Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Research Fellowship, “Industrial Relations Practices of German Automobile Plants operating in the United States of America,” September 2014 - August 2015
  • School of International Service Policy Research Scholar, 2012-13
  • Fulbright Fellowship, German Studies, June 2009
  • Daimler Fonds im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Comparative Public Pension Policy, Germany and the USA, 2007.
  • DaimlerChrysler Senior Fellow, August 2002-January 2003, "Working as One? European Economic Integration and Labor-Market Reform." American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
  • Volkswagen Foundation, 1999-2001, "The Transatlantic Business Dialogue: Steering Models in a Multilevel System between Politics and Economics," (with Prof. Wolfgang Wessels, University of Cologne, Germany).
  • American University (AU) Research-Leave Grant, September-December 2002.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, "The Changing Place of Labor in European Society," team research grant, 1991 - 1994.
  • Fulbright Junior Researcher Award, Germany, October 1992 - August 1993.
  • Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Research Fellowship, Germany, August - December 1992.
  • AU Research-Leave Grant, September 1992 - May 1993.
  • Bosch Younger Scholars Program in the Social Sciences, In-residence Fellowship, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., January - July 1992.
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Doctoral Research Fellowship, Germany, October 1985 - July 1986.

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  • ARD German Radio
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  • MSNBC
  • New York Times
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  • Der Spiegel
  • Suddeutsche Zeitung
  • Time
  • Voice of America
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post

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