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).