Henk Overbeek

Henk OverbeekHenk Overbeek (1949) studied at Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) and at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where he received his Master’s degree in International Relations in 1976. In 1988 he obtained his doctorate in the social sciences at the UvA. He taught political science and international relations at the UvA and at Webster University in Leiden. In 1999 he joined the Department of Political Science at VU University, where he was appointed to the Chair in International Relations in 2004. With Bastiaan van Apeldoorn and Andreas Nölke he founded the Amsterdam Research Centre on Corporate Governance regulation (ARCCGOR, 2004-2009).

His research interests are in International Political Economy. Theoretically, Overbeek is part of the diverse and growing group of researchers committed to developing an open and transnational version of historical materialism. Empirically, he has applied this approach to the study of such diverse issues as European integration, the rise of neo-liberalism, global migration and refugee issues, European labour market restructuring, and international business taxation. His current research focuses on the global economic crisis and on the rise of state capitalism (especially in the form of sovereign wealth funds).

Henk Overbeek also serves as Director of PhD Studies for the Faculty of Social Sciences since September 2007.


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Henk Overbeek
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department Political Science
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Room Z-336
Telephone:+31 20 59 86852 (secr), +31 20 59 86894 (direct)


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