More specifically: how can established social policy programmes be adapted to changing demographic, economic and social constraints? In this research project, we make use of the exceptional conjunction of theoretical advances in the relevant literature, methodological innovation in public opinion research and the unfolding of the most ambitious and encompassing pension reform in Switzerland in decades to provide answers to precisely these questions With regard to the literature on welfare state reforms, one of the key insights of research over the past decade has been that welfare politics are multidimensional.
One major difficulty - for researchers as well as policy-makers - is, however, that the relative importance that individuals or social groups attribute to these different dimensions is almost impossible to observe reliably in standard survey analysis. Conjoint analysis is an experimental survey method that allows to measure whether changes in the composition of a reform package lead to sizeable shifts in support among the public as a whole, or among specific groups.
It therefore provides the perfect opportunity to combine the insights in welfare state theory regarding multidimensionality with conjoint analysis. We conduct a panel study that goes along with the political reform process. Crisis of democracy? The current crisis puts into question whether political parties are still able to provide voters with meaningful democratic choices. The research draws on a variety of different data sources from 25 European countries in the time period between and Years of Turmoil.
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Starting from a political economy perspective, we ask how European citizens react towards the crisis and what implications these individual reactions have for the variation of protests at the societal level. By integrating previously separate research on social movements, economic voting and social risks,we offer an encompassing analytical argument to explain the variation in protest reactions across Europe.
Modernizing post-industrial care policies: conflict lines and coalitional dynamics - in this project, I investigate the coalitional dynamics and politics of family policy reform in continental Europe. This is a follow-up project on my book on pensions and develops this approach for family policy, as a typical "social investment" policy field.
On this topic, I currently work with Christine Zollinger. Apart from these major projects, I pursue a range of collaborative publication projects on social investment politics with Bruno Palier and dualization with Achim Kemmerling and David Rueda. More generally, my research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics, comparative public policy and comparative political economy. I have worked extensively on the dynamics of welfare state reform and institutional change over the past few years.
Previously, I have also done research on Europeanization and its impact on national politics and policy change. It linked recent research on the transformation of party systems and party competition with current theory and research on institutional change. Winners and losers in post-industrial societies: the politics of dualization with Hanna Schwander and Thomas Kurer We work on the dualization of labor markets and welfare states in Western democracies. We want to know to what extent, why and with which political and electoral consequences post-industrial societies become more and more divided in insiders and outsiders.
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