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Patrick Emmenegger is Professor of Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy at the Department of Political Science and the School of Economics and Political Science, University of St. Gallen. Previously he was Associate Professor (2010-2012) and Assistant Professor (2008-2010) of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and the Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark. He obtained his PhD in political science from the University of Bern in 2008.

His research interests include comparative political economy and public policy, in particular the role of organized interests in the political regulation of labour markets, business-government relationships with a special focus on financial secrecy, the historical development of the Swiss political economy (in particular the early tax state and political reform) and social science methodology.

In 2010 Patrick Emmenegger was awarded a ‘young elite researcher’ grant by the Danish Council for Independent Research for the project ‘The Politics of Job Security Regulations in industrialized Western democracies’. The project analyzed the historical development of job security regulations over a period of more than 100 years in eight Western European countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland). A book based on this research was published in fall 2014 with Oxford University Press.

Currently, Patrick Emmenegger works on a series of projects analyzing (among others) processes of cooperation and conflict in skill formation policies, the adoption of personal income taxation and proportional representation in Switzerland, the demise of Swiss banking secrecy regulations and the introduction of automatic exchange of information in tax matters as well as the effect of unemployment on political involvement.

In 2015 Patrick Emmenegger was elected President of the Swiss Political Science Association. Since January 2017, he is co-editor of the Socio-Economic Review. In addition, he serves in the federal commission on vocational education and training of the Swiss Government (EBBK).

New article

The Zeitschrift für Soziologie has accepted for publication our article “Gescheiterte Berufseinstiege und politische Sozialisation. Eine Längsschnittsstudie zur Wirkung früher Arbeitslosigkeit auf politisches Interesse” (with Paul Marx and Dominik Schraff).

Doctoral Researcher

Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger, Department of Political Science, School of Economics and Political Science, is seeking a doctoral researcher.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue a PhD degree in political science connected to the comparative research project “Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training” (GOVPET). GOVPET examines cooperation between key actors in collective skill formation systems, like firms, intermediary associations, unions, and public authorities. The successful candidate is expected to work on the role of multinational companies in such skill formation systems. GOVPET is a collaborative project of the University of St. Gallen (Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger), the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Prof. Dr. Carmen Baumeler), the University of Lausanne (Prof. Dr. Giuliano Bonoli), and the University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch). The successful applicant is expected to work closely together with Prof. Dr. Emmenegger. For more information on GOVPET, please visit

Applicants are expected to hold a Master degree in political science or sociology and demonstrate the ability and motivation to pursue an academic career. The position presupposes an interest in theory-driven empirical research on topics such as vocational training systems, labour markets, multinational companies and political institutions. A very good command of one Swiss national language and English, both spoken and written, is expected.

The position starts in January 2017 (or later upon agreement) and is for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension for another two years. The salary aligns with the directives of the University of St. Gallen and amounts to about 42,000 CHF in the first year.

Applicants should send their full application (in German or English) – including cover letter, CV, letter of motivation, examples of their academic work (e.g. their MA thesis or seminar papers), copies of relevant certificates and the contact details of two academic references – to Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger (patrick.emmenegger [at] For further inquiry, please send an email to Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger.

Studentische/r Mitarbeiter/in gesucht

Die Forschungsgruppe „Comparative Political Economy“ um Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger (Politikwissenschaftliches Departement, School of Economics and Political Science) sucht eine wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (20%, Arbeitszeiten flexibel einteilbar). Der erfolgreiche Bewerber bzw. die erfolgreiche Bewerberin soll die Gruppe primär in verschiedenen Forschungsprojekten unterstützen (für eine Übersicht, siehe

Gesucht ist eine Studentin bzw. ein Student der Universität St. Gallen mit starkem Interesse an theoriegeleiteter, empirischer Sozialforschung zu Themen wie Arbeitsmarktpolitik, Steuerwettbewerb, Bildungssysteme und politische Institutionen. Gute Kenntnisse der deutschen und der englischen Sprache werden vorausgesetzt.

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbung (einschliesslich Lebenslauf, Motivationsschreiben und Beispiele wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten) per Email an Patrick Emmenegger (patrick.emmenegger [at] Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte ebenfalls per Email an Prof. Emmenegger.