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 (job security regulations, vocational education and training, working time regulations), business-government relationships with a special focus on financial secrecy and the (historical development of the) Swiss political economy (state capacity, democratization, economic and social governance). He is also interested in institutionalist approaches and social science methodology.
Patrick Emmenegger is the co-editor of the Socio-Economic Review (since January 2017), the chair of the PhD Program in International Affairs and Political Economy (since Fall term 2016), and serves on the Federal Commission on Vocational Education and Training of the Swiss Government (since January 2016). From 2015 to 2018, he was the President of the Swiss Political Science Association.
The Swiss do not want to tax the rich because they are worried about jobs – even if measures are taken to safeguard these very jobs. Here is a short presentation of our findings (Emmenegger and Marx 2018) for the website DeFacto. The short-term morale of the story is that creating uncertainty about negative economic consequences works. The long-term morale, however, might be that if you keep crying wolf, people might stop listening at one point.
The following paper has now appeared in print:
Emmenegger, Patrick and Klaus Petersen (2017). Taking History Seriously in Comparative Research: The Case of Electoral System Choice, 1890-1939. Comparative European Politics 15(6): 897-918.
Here is a link to the article.
Forthcoming publication in New Political Economy: The Politics of Inequality as Organised Spectacle: Why the Swiss Do Not Want to Tax the Rich. Here is the abstract:
In 2015, Swiss voters had the opportunity to impose a tax on the super rich in a popular vote and thereby fund a redistributive policy. However, a large majority voted against its seemingly obvious self-interest and rejected the tax. We propose an explanation for this puzzling outcome, bridging the usually separate behavioralist and institutionalist perspectives on the politics of inequality. We start from the observation that political economy tends to neglect processes of preference formation. Theorising preferences as socially constructed, we show that interest groups played a major role in shaping the outcome of the vote. Business frames were multiplied through allied parties and the media and had a major impact on individual voting behaviour. In addition, we demonstrate that interest groups representing business interests derive the content of their communication from business’s structurally privileged position in the capitalist economy. Specifically, creating uncertainty about possible perverse effects of government policies on jobs and growth is a powerful tool to undermine popular support. Frames based on this structural power ultimately explain why the Swiss refrained from ‘soaking the rich.’
A few papers have now appeared in print:
De la Porte, Caroline and Patrick Emmenegger (2017). The European Court of Justice and Fixed-Term Workers: Putting a Brake on Labour Market Dualisation? Journal of European Social Policy 27(3): 295-310.
Emmenegger, Patrick, Marx, Paul and Dominik Schraff (2017). Off to a Bad Start: Unemployment and Political Interest during Early Adulthood. Journal of Politics 79(1): 315-328.
Emmenegger, Patrick (2017). Swiss Banking Secrecy and the Problem of International Cooperation in Tax Matters: A Nut too Hard to Crack? Regulation & Governance 11(1): 24-40.
Emmenegger, Patrick, Marx, Paul and Dominik Schraff (2017). Gescheiterte Berufseinstiege und politische Sozialisation. Eine Längsschnittsstudie zur Wirkung früher Arbeitslosigkeit auf politisches Interesse. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 46(3): 201-218.
And this paper is now on early view:
Emmenegger, Patrick and Katrin Eggenberger (2017). State Sovereignty, Economic Interdependence and U.S. Extraterritoriality: The Demise of Swiss Banking Secrecy and the Re-Embedding of International Finance. Journal of International Relations and Development. Forthcoming.
A new contribution has been published on the “DeFacto” – the online platform of the Swiss political science community. The title is “Bankgeheimnis: Was die Schweiz damals nicht wissen konnte” (in German). Here is a link to the text.
I have now officially started my tenure as co-editor of the Socio-Economic Review (since January 2017). I look forward to your submissions!
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).