Research Interests

Research interests

My research interests are in comparative political economy and public policy. In particular, I am interested in the reform of coordinated capitalism, business-government relations, the historical development of the Swiss political economy, and theories of institutional stability and change.

Previously, I have worked, among others, on the politics of job security regulations (cf. The Power to Dismiss, 2014, Oxford University Press), dualization processes (cf. The Age of Dualization, 2012, Oxford University Press), and the demise of Swiss banking secrecy (cf.  Swiss Banking Secrecy and the Problem of International Cooperation in Tax Matters, 2017, Regulation & Governance).

Currently, I devote most of my research time to the following three projects:

The Origins of the Modern Tax State (supported by the Basic Research Fund of the University of St. Gallen) – find more information here

Democratic Consolidation in Switzerland, 1848-1918: Suffrage Restrictions, Redistricting, and Direct Democracy (supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation) – find more information here

Governance of Vocational and Professional Vocational Education and Training (supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) – find more information here and here