Simon Green joined Aston University as Professor of Politics in 2008, having previously held appointments at the Universities of Birmingham (2000-2008) and Portsmouth (1997-2000). His research interests lie in European politics, especially in comparative immigration, integration and citizenship policy, as well as in German political structures and party politics. In 2010-11 (with Ed Turner), he conducted a research project, funded by the DAAD’s Promoting German Studies in the UK Programme, into the changing nature of Christian Democracy in Germany. In 2012-13, he is leading a new project, also funded by the DAAD, comparing migration policies in the UK and Germany. He is the co-author (together with Dan Hough and Alister Miskimmon) of The Politics of the New Germany (Routledge, second edition 2012), a major new textbook on contemporary Germany.
Professor Green is Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) and is also serving as a member of the Area Studies Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). From 2009-11, he was Chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP). He is a regular contributor to the briefings published by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). In 2011, he was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences.
Alongside his academic interests, Professor Green is active in British-German relations, and from 2006-10 served as Co-chair of UK-German Connection, a joint initiative of the UK and German governments to strengthen school and youth links.
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(2012) (with Dan Hough and Alister Miskimmon), The Politics of the New Germany (London: Routledge), Second Edition
(2008) (with Dan Hough, Alister Miskimmon and Graham Timmins), The Politics of the New Germany (London: Routledge)
(2007) (with Edward Turner) (eds.), Policy Convergence in the UK and Germany: Beyond the Third Way? (London: Routledge)
(2005) (with William E. Paterson) (eds.), Governance in Contemporary Germany: The Semisovereign State Revisited (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
(2004) The Politics of Exclusion: Institutions and Immigration Policy in Contemporary Germany (Manchester: Manchester University Press).
(2002) (with Lothar Funk) (eds.), New Aspects of Labour Market Policy (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Forschung)
(2012), ‘Much Ado About Not-Very-Much? Assessing Ten Years of German Citizenship Reform’, Citizenship Studies 16/2: 173-88
(2007) (with Edward Turner), ‘Understanding Policy Convergence in the UK and Germany’, German Politics 16/1: 1-21
(2007), ‘Divergent Traditions, Converging Responses: Immigration and Integration Policy in the UK and Germany’, German Politics 16/1: 95-115
(2005), ‘Between Ideology and Pragmatism: The Politics of Dual Nationality in Germany’, International Migration Review 39/4: 921-52
(2003) ‘The Legal Status of Turks in Germany’, Immigrants and Minorities 22/2-3: 228-46
(2001) ‘Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship in Germany: The Impact of Unification and the Berlin Republic’, West European Politics 24/4: 82-104
(2000) ‘Beyond Ethnoculturalism? German Citizenship in the New Millennium’, German Politics 9/3: 105-24
Selected Chapters in Volumes
(2010), 'Beyond Semisovereignity? Economic Governance in Germany', in C.Jeffery, S.Bulmer and S.Padgett (eds.), Rethinking Germany and Europe: Democracy and Diplomacy in a Semisovereign State' (London: Palgrave)
(2008) (with William E. Paterson), ‘Last Orders? Semisovereignty and the Crisis of Cost Containment in the Grand Coalition’, in A. Miskimmon, W. Paterson and J. Sloam (eds.), Germany’s Gathering Crisis: The 2005 Federal Election and the Grand Coalition (Basingstoke: Palgrave)
(2006), ‘Zwischen Kontinuität und Wandel: Migrations- und Staatsangehörigkeitspolitik’, in Manfred Schmidt and Reimut Zohlnhöfer (eds.), Regieren in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Innen- und Aussenpolitik seit 1949 (Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften)
(2005) ‘Germany’, in Juliet Lodge (ed.), The 2004 Election to the European Parliament (Basingstoke: Palgrave)
(2003) ‘Towards an Open Society? Citizenship and Immigration’, in Stephen Padgett, William Paterson and Gordon Smith (eds.), Developments in German Politics 3 (Basingstoke: Palgrave)