Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schroeder is chairman of the Progressive Center. He holds the chair “Political System of the FRG – Statehood in Transition” at the University of Kassel. His research interests include associations and trade unions. Wolfgang Schroeder is also a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Department “Democracy and Democratization” and is a member of the SPD’s Commission on Fundamental Values. From 2009 to 2014, he worked as State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Women and Families of the State of Brandenburg.