Political Economy Research Group @ HSG

The political economy research group at the University of St. Gallen: 

  • Dr. Annatina Aerne (postdoc)
  • Dr. André Walter (postdoc)
  • Gina Di Maio (PhD student)
  • Katrin Eggenberger (PhD student)
  • Mark-Rüdiger Metze (PhD Student)
  • Lina Seitzl (PhD Student)
  • Katarina Stigwall (PhD student)
  • Alexandra Strebel (PhD student)
  • Daniel Unterweger (PhD Student)

Former members of the research group:


Publications of Political Economy Research Group (from 2013 onwards; only books, articles and book chapters; research group members in bold)

2019 or forthcoming:

Emmenegger, Patrick and Paul Marx (2019). The Politics of Inequality as Organized Spectacle: Why the Swiss Do Not Want to Tax the Rich. New Political Economy 24(1): 103-124.

Emmenegger, Patrick and Lina Seitzl (forthcoming). Collective Action, Business Cleavages and the Politics of Control: Segmentalism in the Swiss Skill Formation System. British Journal of Industrial Relations. 

Emmenegger, Patrick and Katarina Stigwall (forthcoming): Women-Friendliness in European Asylum Policies: The Role of Women’s Political Representation and Opposition to Non-EU Immigration. Comparative Political Studies.

Emmenegger, Patrick (forthcoming). The Political Economy of Flexicurity: Preferences for Job Security Regulations, Generous Unemployment Benefits and Active Labour Market Policies in Comparative Perspective. In Daniel Clegg, Paolo Graziano and Matteo Jessoula (eds.). The Politics of Flexicurity in Europe. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Graf, Lukas and Christine Trampusch (2019). The Governance of Decentralized Cooperation in Collective Training Systems: A Review and Conceptualization. Journal of Vocational Education and Training 71(1): 21-45.

Emmenegger, Patrick (forthcoming). Arbeitsmarkt. In Jean-Michel Bonvin, Carlo Knöpfel, Valérie Hugentobler, Pascal Mäder and Ueli Tecklenburg (eds.). Wörterbuch der Schweizer Sozialpolitik. Zürich: Seismo.

Emmenegger, Patrick und Paul Marx (2019). Regulierung der Arbeitswelt: Der Kündigungsschutz. In Herbert Obinger und Manfred G. Schmidt (Hrsg.). Handbuch Sozialpolitik. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 697-718.

Emmenegger, Patrick (forthcoming): Masters of grey zones and elusive champions of the tax ‘optimization’ industry (book symposium). Socio-Economic Review.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Graf, Lukas and Alexandra Strebel (forthcoming): Social versus Liberal Collective Skill Formation Systems? A Comparative-Historical Analysis of the Role of Trade Unions in German and Swiss VET. European Journal of Industrial Relations.

Rinscheid, Adrian, Burkard Eberlein, Patrick Emmenegger and Volker Schneider (forthcoming): Why Do Junctures Become Critical? Political Discourse, Agency, and Joint Belief Shifts in Comparative Perspective. Regulation and Governance.

Seitzl, Lina and Patrick Emmenegger (forthcoming). When Agents Change Institutions: Coalitional Dynamics and the Reform of Commercial Training in Switzerland. Business and Politics.

Strebel, Alexandra, Engelage, Sonja and Carmen Baumeler (forthcoming). “Institutional Work”-Perspektive zur Educational Governance. Dezentrale institutionelle Arbeit in der Berufsbildung. In T. Brüsemeister & R. Langer (eds.), Theorien und Theoriebildung in der Educational Governance. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Walter, André (forthcoming). A Race to the Middle: The Politics of Interstate Cost Distribution and Welfare State Expansion. Journal of Politics.

Walter, André (forthcoming). Taking the Initiative! Direct Democracy, Coalition Governments, and Welfare State Expansion. Journal of European Social Policy. 

Walter, André and Patrick Emmenegger (forthcoming). The Partisan Composition of Cantonal Governments in Switzerland, 1848-2017: A New Data Set. Swiss Political Science Review.

Walter, André and Patrick Emmenegger (forthcoming): Majority Protection? The Origins of Distorted Proportional Representation. Electoral Studies.


Busemeyer, Marius and Lina Seitzl (2018). The Partisan Politics of Early Childhood Education in the German Länder. Journal of Public Policy 38(2): 243-274.

Eggenberger, Katrin (2018). When is Blacklisting Effective? Stigma, Sanctions and Legitimacy: The Reputational and Financial Costs of Being Blacklisted. Review of International Political Economy 25(4): 483-504.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Häusermann, Silja and Stefanie Walter (2018). National Sovereignty vs. International Cooperation: Policy Choices in Trade-Off Situations. Swiss Political Science Review 24(4): 400-422.

Emmenegger, Patrick and Katrin Eggenberger (2018). 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 21(3): 798-823.

Emmenegger, Patrick (2018): Die Einführung der Proporzwahl in der Schweiz: Die Rolle der Wahlkreisgeometrie. Parlament (Mitteilungsblatt der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Parlamentsfragen) 21(3): 5-8.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Graf, Lukas and Christine Trampusch (2018): La formation professionelle selon la perspective de l’économie politique comparée: l’exemple de la Suisse. In Jean-Louis Berger, Lorenzo Bonoli and Nadia Lamamra (eds.), Enjeux structurels, sociaux et pédagogiques de la formation professionnelle en Suisse. Zurich: Seismo, pp. 79-101.

Graf, Lukas (2018). Combined Models of Gradual Change: The Case of Academic Upgrading and Declining Collectivism in German Skill Formation. Socio-Economic Review 16(1): 185-205.

Graf, Lukas and Matias Gardin (2018). Transnational Skills Development in Post-Industrial Knowledge Economies: The Case of Luxembourg and the Greater Region. Journal of Education and Work 31(1): 1-15.

Schraff, Dominik (2018). Labor Market Disadvantage and Political Alienation: A Longitudinal Perspective on the Heterogeneous Risk in Temporary Employment. Acta Politica 53(1): 48-67.


Bills, D.B., Graf, L. and Protsch, P. (2017) Vocationalism. In Furlong, A. (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood, 2nd edition, New York, NY, Routledge, 113‐120. 

Dellmuth, Lisa M., Schraff, Dominik and Michael F. Stoffel (2017). Distributive Politics, Electoral Institutions, and European Structural and Investment Funding: Evidence from Italy and France. Journal of Common Market Studies, 55(2): 275-293.

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.

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.

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 (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 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.

Graf, Lukas (2017). Multi-Actor Corporatist Governance in Higher Education: A Comparison of Work-Based Higher Education Programmes in Germany and the United States. Policy and Society 36(1): 89-108.

Graf, Lukas and Justin J.W. Powell (2017): How Employer Interests and Investments Shape Advanced Skill Formation. PS: Political Science & Politics 50(2): 418-422.

Graf, Lukas, Powell, Justin J.W., Fortwengel, Johann and Nadine Berhnard (2017). Integrating International Student Mobility in Work-Based Higher Education: The Case of Germany. Journal of Studies in International Education 21(2): 156-169.

Graf, L. andTröhler, D. (2017). Skill development at the nexus of the French and German educational models: the case of Luxembourg. In Jules, T.D./Ressler, P. (Eds.) Is “small” always small and “big” always big? Re‐reading Educational Policy and Practice in Small States. Frankfurt/M., Peter Lang, 133‐147. 

Ziltener, Patrick, Künzler, Daniel and André Walter (2017). Measuring the Impacts of Colonialism: A New Data Set for the Countries of Africa and Asia. Journal of World-Systems Research 23(1): 156-190.


De la Porte, Caroline and Patrick Emmenegger (2016). The Court of Justice of the European Union and Fixed-term Workers: Still Fixed, but at Least Equal. ETUI working paper No. 2016-01 (published online January 25, 2016).

Graf, Lukas (2016). Betrieblich-hochschulbasierte Ausbildungsformen in Deutschland und den USA: Eine (Re)Konzeptualisierung. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik 62(3): 323-339.

Graf, Lukas (2016). The Rise of Work-Based Academic Education in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Journal of Vocational Education and Training 68(1): 1-16.

Graf, Lukas, Powell, Justin J.W., Fortwengel, Johann and Nadine Bernhard (2016). Die Internationalisierung dualer Ausbildungsformen im Tertiärbereich. In Faßhauer, U. & Severing, E. (Eds.) Verzahnung beruflicher und akademischer Bildung. Duale Studiengänge in Theorie und Praxis. Bielefeld, W. Bertelsmann Verlag, 97‐114. 

Ziltener, Patrick und Heinz Gabathuler, unter Mitarbeit von André Walter (2016). Europäische Integration auf Unternehmensebene: Die Schweizer Beteiligung an Europäischen Betriebsräten (EBR). Swiss Journal of Sociology 42(1):. 159–174.


Bernhard, Nadine, Graf, Lukas and Powell, Justin J.W. (2015). Stratifizierung von Berufs‐ und Hochschulbildung in Europa: Deutschland und Frankreich im Spiegel klassischer Vergleichsstudien. In Dietzen, A., Powell, J.J.W., Bahl, A. & Lassnigg L. (Eds.) Soziale Inwertsetzung von Wissen, Erfahrung und Kompetenz in der Berufsbildung. Weinheim, Beltz Juventa, 144‐159. 

Careja, Romana, Emmenegger, Patrick and Jon Kvist (2015). An American Dilemma in Europe? Welfare Reform and Immigration. In Pauli Kettunen, Sonya Michel and Klaus Petersen (eds.): Race, Ethnicity and the Welfare State in US and Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 128-149.

Eggenberger, Katrin and Patrick Emmenegger (2015). Economic Vulnerability and Political Responses to International Pressure: Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Struggle for Banking Secrecy. Swiss Political Science Review 21(4): 491-507.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Kvist, Jon, Marx, Paul and Klaus Petersen (eds.) (2015): 25 Years of Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism (special issue celebrating the 25th birthday of Gøsta Esping-Andersen’s seminal book). Journal of European Social Policy 25(1). Thousand Oaks CA: Sage.

Emmenegger, Patrick (2015): The Long Arm of Justice: U.S. Structural Power and International Banking. Business and Politics 17(3): 473-493.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Marx, Paul and Dominik Schraff (2015): Labour Market Disadvantage, Political Orientations and Voting: How Adverse Labour Market Experiences Translate into Electoral Behaviour. Socio-Economic Review 13(2): 189-213.

Emmenegger, Patrick (2015): Maximizing Institutional Control: Union Power and Dismissal Protection in the First Half of the Twentieth Century. Comparative Politics 47(4): 399-418.

Emmenegger, Patrick (2015): From Drift to Layering: The Historical Development of Job Security Regulations in Western Europe. Politics and Society 43(1): 89-118.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Kvist, Jon, Marx, Paul and Klaus Petersen (2015): Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism: The Making of a Classic. Journal of European Social Policy 25(1): 3-13.

Graf, Lukas (2015). El modelo educativo europeo y su paradójico impacto a nivel nacional. In D. Tröhler & T. Lenz (Eds.), Trayectorias del desarollo de los sistemas educativos modernos. Entre lo nacional y lo global. Barcelona: Editorial Octaedro, 253‐268. 

Graf, Lukas (2015). Hybridisierung von Berufs‐ und Hochschulbildung in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. In Banscherus, U., Engel, O., Mindt, A., Spexard, A. & Wolter, A., & (Eds.) Differenzierung im Hochschulsystem: Nationale und internationale Entwicklungen und Herausforderungen. Münster, Waxmann, 163‐176. 

Graf, Lukas (2015). The European Educational Model and its Paradoxical Impact at the National Level. In Tröhler, D. & Lenz, T. (Eds.) Trajectories in the Development of Modern School Systems: Between the National and the Global. New York, Routledge, 227‐240. 

Graf, L. and Tröhler, D. (2015). Berufsausbildung in Luxemburg: historische Ursprünge, institutionelle Struktur und aktuelle Herausforderungen. In Bildungsbericht Luxemburg 2015. Band 2: Analysen und Befunde. Luxembourg: Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse, 103‐108. 


Emmenegger, Patrick (2014): The Power to Dismiss: Trade Unions and the Regulation of Job Security in Western Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Emmenegger, Patrick and Philip Manow (2014): Religion and the Gender Vote Gap: Women’s Changed Political Preferences from the 1970s to 2010. Politics and Society 42(2): 166-193.

Emmenegger, Patrick (2014): The Politics of Financial Intransparency: The Case of Swiss Banking Secrecy. Swiss Political Science Review 20(1): 146-164.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Schraff, Dominik and André Walter (2014). QCA, the Truth Table Analysis and Large-N Survey Data: The Benefits of Calibration and the Importance of Robustness Tests. COMPASSS working paper No. 2014-79 (published online October 16, 2014).

Schraff, Dominik (2014). Buying Turnout or Rewarding Loyalists? Electoral Mobilization and Structural Funding in the German Länder. European Union Politics 15(2): 277288.


Careja, Romana and Patrick Emmenegger (2013). The ‘Other’ Dualism: Welfare State Nationalism and Migratory Policies in Western Europe. In Andrzej Marcin Suszycki and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski (eds.). Migration, Community and Solidarity in Europe. Osnabrück: Fibre Verlag, pp. 75-106.

Careja, Romana and Patrick Emmenegger (2013). Keeping Them Out: Migration and Social Policies in the ‘Reluctant Countries of Immigration’. In Andrzej Marcin Suszycki and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski (eds.). Citizenship and Identity in the Welfare State. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, pp. 135-160.

Emmenegger, Patrick (2013): Why is it so Difficult to Reform Dismissal Protection? Swiss Political Science Review 19(4): 570-575.

Emmenegger, Patrick and Robert Klemmensen (2013): Immigration and Redistribution Revisited: How Different Motivations Can Offset Each Other. Journal of European Social Policy 23(4): 406-422.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Häusermann, Silja, Palier, Bruno and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (2013): Structural Change and the Politics of Dualization. Rassegna Italiana di Sociologica 54(2): 201-226.

Davidsson, Johan Bo and Patrick Emmenegger (2013): Defending the Organisation, Not the Members: Unions and the Reform of Job Security Legislation in Western Europe. European Journal of Political Research 53(3): 339-363.

Elmelund-Præstekær, Christian and Patrick Emmenegger (2013): Strategic Re-Framing as a Vote Winner: Why Vote-Seeking Governments Pursue Unpopular Reforms. Scandinavian Political Studies 36(1): 23-42.

Emmenegger, Patrick, Kvist, Jon and Svend-Erik Skaaning (2013): Making the Most of Configurational Comparative Analysis: An Assessment of QCA Applications in Comparative Welfare State Research. Political Research Quarterly 66(1): 185-190.

Emmenegger, Patrick and Robert Klemmensen (2013): What Motivates You? A Comparative Analysis of the Effect of Preferences for Redistribution on Attitudes towards Immigration. Comparative Politics  45(2): 227-246.