Institut fuer soziale Gegenwartsfragen

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Institut fuer soziale Gegenwartsfragen
founded in the year 1991
City Stuttgart
Country Germany
Legal form Association
address Libanonstr. 3, D-70184 Stuttgart
founder Udo Herrmannstorfer, Christoph Strawe
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Austerity politics
Last revision 26.02.2015
Output of Institut fuer soziale Gegenwartsfragen 2023
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Organizational Structure and Funding


Libanonstr. 3, D-70184 Stuttgart


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • Contemporary History/Politics of History, Theory, Clash of Ideas

The institute disseminates ideas for an alternative organization of social, political and economical life (»Dreigliederung des sozialen Organismus«) based on the theories of Rudolf Steiner.

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.


  1. (text of a lecture with an appendix of statements - argues for strict discipline in the process of budget consolidation especially at the local level)