Research & Projects

Research interests

My research interests are in comparative political economy and public policy. In particular, I focus on the following research fields:

  • The political economy of labour markets with a special emphasis on the role of organized interests and the policy fields “job security regulations”, “working time regulations” and “skill formation”
  • Business-government relationships with a special focus on financial secrecy, tax avoidance and international tax competition
  • The historical development of the Swiss political economy (in particular the early tax state and political reform)
  • Neo-institutionalism and theories of institutional change
  • Social science methodology

Ongoing research projects (selection):

I currently work on the following projects:

  • The adoption of personal income taxation in Swiss cantons
  • GOVPET: Governance in vocational and professional education and training (link)
  • State sovereignty, economic interdependence, and international tax competition
  • The politics of job security regulations in advanced industrialized democracies
  • The role of agency in historical institutionalism
  • The gender sensitivity of European asylum policies
  • The adoption of proportional representation in Switzerland and beyond
  • Can foreign firms promote socially responsible business practices?