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Education

▪  Ph.D. in Political Science, Duke University (1995)

▪  M.A. in Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark (1988)

 

Appointments and affiliations

▪  Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy (2005-)

▪  Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University (2001-2005)

▪  John L. Loeb Associate Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University (1999-2001)

▪  Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Harvard University (1994-1999)

▪  Faculty Associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (2002-)

▪  Faculty Associate at the Center for European Studies (1994-)

▪  Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (1999-)

▪  Visiting scholar, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (Fall 1997; Summer 1996, 1999)

 

Professional service

▪  Chair, Political Economy and Government Program (PEG), Harvard (2005-)

▪  Membership Selection Committee, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017-2020)

▪  Chair, Recruitment and Retention Sub-Committee (2018-19)

▪  Director of Graduate Studies, Political Economy and Government (PEG) Program, Harvard (2009-12)

▪  Harvard Faculty Council (2017-)

▪  Member of the Standing and Admissions Committees for the Political Economy and Government Program, Harvard (2001-)

▪  Member, Scientific Advisory Council for the Max Planck Institute, Cologne (2002-2008)

▪  Member, Council of International Advisors for Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero and SPOE (2008-2011)

▪  Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Marie Curie Project on Political Responses to Economic Change (PI: Anne Wren) (2006-2011)

▪  Member of the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Cambridge University Press (Studies in Comparative Politics), World Politics, and Political Science Network

▪  Referee for the American Journal of Political Science; American Political Science Review; American Sociological Review; British Journal of Industrial Relations; British Journal of Political Science; Comparative Political Studies; Cambridge University Press, Comparative Politics; Economic Journal, Economics Letters, Econometrica, Electoral Studies; European Political Sciecne Review, International Organization; Journal of Politics; Journal of Socio-Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Political Analysis; Quarterly Journal of Economics; Scandinavian Political Studies; Theoretical Politics

▪  Member, Executive Committee of the APSA Comparative Politics section (2003-2005)

▪  Co-organizer (with Jonas Pontusson, Frances Rosenbluth, and David Soskice) of Workshop in Comparative Political Economy (Princeton 2007; Harvard 1999, 2005; Yale 2001, 2004, 2008; Cornell 2002; Duke 2009)

▪  Standing Committee for Social Studies, Harvard (2001-2006)

▪  Standing Committee for European Studies, Harvard (1994-)

▪  Steering Committee for the Center for European Studies, Harvard (1996-98; 2002-2004; 2006-2007)

▪  Member and Chair of senior and junior appointment committees, Harvard

▪  Member and Chair of promotion committees for the Government Department and Social Studies

▪  Member of Ad Hoc University Promotion Committees, Harvard

▪  Co-organizer (with Alberto Alesina and Jim Alt) of the “Challenges to the European Welfare State” (fall 2005 - spring 2006)

▪  Co-chair (with Jim Alt) of the Political Institutions and Inequality Study Group, Center for European Studies (2004-2006)

▪  Co-chair (with Peter Hall, and George Ross) of the State and Capitalism since 1800 Seminar, Center for European Studies (1995-2005; 2014-15 with Suzanne Berger)

▪  Co-chair (with Sofia Perez) of the European Political Economy and New Institutionalism Study Group, Center for European Studies (1996-1998)

▪  Chair, Olson Committee for the Best Dissertation in Political Economy (2003)

▪  Chair, Luebbert Best Article Award Committee, APSA Comparative Politics Section (2001; 2008).

▪  Chair, International Political Economy Division, APSA 2002

▪  Teaching Fellow Coordinator (2000)

▪  Reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Austrian Science Foundation, the Danish Science Foundation

▪  Member of Presidential Nomination Committee for the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

▪  Member/chair of dissertation committees (currently 11)

▪  Member of search committee, European Politics, Harvard University (1998)

▪  Member of Sage Paper Award Committee of the APSA Comparative Politics Section (1998)

▪  Member of Graduate Affairs Committee, Department of Government, Harvard University

▪  Member of Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Government, Harvard University

▪  Member of Conant Fellowship Committee, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

▪  Member of the Program for the Study of Germany Grant Committee

▪  Member of selection committee, Center of European Studies’ Summer Travel Grant

 

Courses taught

▪  Comparative politics field seminar (graduate)

▪  Political economy (undergraduate and graduate)

▪  Proseminar on inequality and social policy (graduate/ Kennedy School)

▪  Institutional foundations of capitalism (graduate)

▪  West European politics (undergraduate)

▪  Elections and political parties (undergraduate)

▪  Politics of inequality (undergraduate)

▪  Research workshop on political economy (graduate)

▪  Research workshop on comparative politics (graduate)

 

Honors and awards

▪  Catherine A. and Mary C. Gellert Radcliffe Fellow, 2020-21..

▪  Menber, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017-

▪  BP Centennial Professor, London School of Economics,  2016-17.

▪  Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsens Science Prize, 2016.

▪  Victoria Schuck Award for the best book published on women and politics in 2010 (with Frances Rosenbluth). American Political Science Association 2011.

▪  Guggenheim Fellow, 2008-09.

▪  Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1999-2000.

▪  Gregory Luebbert Best Article Award for best article published in the field of comparative politics in 2005 or 2006 (with David Soskice), American Political Science Association, Comparative Politics Section, 2007.

▪  Best Book on European Politics and Society Award published in 2005, American Political Science Association, European Politics and Society Section, 2006.

▪  Best Paper on Political Economy Award (with Frances Rosenbluth), American Political Science Association 2004, Political Economy Section.

▪  Sage Paper Prize for the best paper in comparative politics presented at the 1999 American Political Science Association Meeting (with Thomas Cusack), Comparative Politics Section 2000.

▪  Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation published in comparative politics in 1994 or 1995, American Political Science Association 1996.

▪  Runner-up for the Gregory Luebbert Book Award for best book in the field of comparative politics published in 1998 or 1999, American Political Science Association, Comparative Politics Section 2000.

▪  Runner-up for the Gregory Luebbert Best Article Award for the best article in the field of comparative politics published in 1994 or 1995, American Political Science Association, Comparative Politics Section, 1996

▪  Selected as visiting fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, 2002.

▪  Weatherhead Center for International Affairs research grant for a semester of leave (fall 2004).

▪  John L. Loeb Associate Chair, Harvard University (1999)

▪  Career Development Award, Harvard University (1999)

▪  National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Scholarship (1993)

▪  Social Science Research Council International Doctoral Research Fellowship (1992) James B. Duke International Studies Fellowship (1989-91)

▪  Honors on all Comprehensive Examinations (1991)

▪  Scholarship to the Hoover Summer Program in International Relations at Stanford University (1990)

▪  Danish Research Academy Fellowship for International Doctoral Studies (1988)Scholarship from the Fulbright Foundation and the Denmark‑America Foundation (1986)

 

List of Publications

 

Books:

▪  Big Data and the Welfare State: How the Information Revolution Threatens Solidarity (with Philipp Rehm). Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

▪  Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism Through a Turbulent Century (with David Soskice). Princeton University Press, 2019.

▪  Women, Work, and Power: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality (with Frances Rosenbluth). Yale University Press, 2010.

▪  Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

▪  Contested Economic Institutions: The Politics of Macroeconomics and Wage Bargaining in Advanced Democracies. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

 

Edited collections:

▪  The Political Economy of Skills and Inequality, special issue of Socio-Economic Review 12 (2) (with Marius Busemeyer).

▪  Unions, Employers and Central Banks: Macroeconomic Coordination and Institutional Change in Social Market Economies (edited with Jonas Pontusson and David Soskice). Cambridge University Press, 2000.

 

Refereed journal articles:

▪  "The Political Representation of Economic Interests: Subversion of Democracy or Middle-Class Supremacy?" (with Mads Elkjær), World Politics 72.2 (2020): 254-290.

“The Dilemma of Gender Equality: How Labor Market Regulation Divides Women by Class” (with Frances Rosenbluth and Oyvind Skorge). Daedelus 149 (1): 86-99.

“The Welfare State with Private Alternatives: The Transformation of Popular Support for Social Insurance” (with Marius Busemeyer). Journal of Politics 82 (2): 671-686.

▪  “Distributive Politics Without a Median Voter: Models of Multidimensional Politics” (with Max Goplerud). Annual Review of Political Science, 2018 (May), 295-317.

▪  “Distributive Politics Without a Median Voter: Models of Multidimensional Politics” (with Max Goplerud). Annual Review of Political Science, 2018 (May), 295-317.

▪  “Inequality, Labor Market Segmentation, and Preferences for Redistribution” (with Jim Alt). American Journal of Political Science, 2017 (1), 21-36.

▪  “The Eurozone and Political Economic Institutions” (with David Soskice and David Hope). Annual Review of Political Science, May 2016, 163-85.

▪  Information, Inequality and Mass Polarization: Ideology in Advanced Democracies” (with David Soskice). Comparative Political Studies 48 (13), 2016, 1781-1813.

▪  Democratic limits to redistribution: Inclusionary versus Exclusionary Coalitions in the Knowledge Economy” (with David Soskice). World Politics 67, April 2015, 185-225. [Lead]

▪  Politics for Markets.” (with David Soskice). Journal of European Social Policy 26 (1), 2014, 76-93. 

▪  The Politics of Opting Out: Explaining Educational Financing and Popular Support for Public Spending” (with Marius Busemeyer). Socio-Economic Review 12, April 2014, 299-328. 

▪  Rational Voting With Socially Embedded Individuals.” (with Sam Abrams and David Soskice). British Journals of Political Science 41,April 2011, 229-257. [Lead]

▪  Inequality and Redistribution: A Unified Approach to the Role of Economics and Political Institutions.” (with David Soskice). Revue Economique 62 (4) 2011, 629-642. [Lead]

▪  “Real Exchange Rates and Competitiveness: The Political Economy of Skill Formation, Wage Compression, and Electoral Systems” (with David Soskice), American Political Science Review 103, August 2010, 601-623.

▪  “The Coevolution of Capitalism and Political Representation: Explaining the Choice of Electoral Systems” (with Tom Cusack and David Soskice), American Political Science Review 103, May 2010, 393-403. 

▪  “Distribution and Redistribution: The Shadow From the Ninetenth Century” (with David Soskice), World Politics, July 2009, 438-86.

▪  “Partisan Politics, the Welfare State, and Three Worlds of Human Capital Formation” (with John Stephens), Comparative Political Studies 41, April-May 2008, 600-37.

▪  “Work and Power: The Connection between Female Labor Force Participation and Female Political Representation” (with Frances Rosenbluth), Annual Review of Political Science 11, June 2008, 479-95.

▪  “Economic Interests and the Origins of Political Systems” (with Tom Cusack and David Soskice), American Political Science Review 101, August 2007, 372-91 [Lead].

▪  “New Macroeconomics and Political Science” (with David Soskice), Annual Review of Political Science. June 2006, 425-53.

▪  “The Political Economy of Gender: Explaining Cross-National Variation in the Gender Division of Labor and the Gender Voting Gap (with Frances Rosenbluth), American Journal of Political Science 50 (1), January 2006, 1-20 [Lead].

▪  “Risk at Work: The Demand and Supply of Government Redistribution” (with Tom Cusack and Philipp Rehm). Oxford Review of Economic Policy 2006.

▪  “Electoral Institutions and the Politics of Coalitions: Why Some Democracies Redistribute More than Others” (with David Soskice). American Political Science Review 100 (2), May 2006, 165-82.

▪  “Divorce and the Gender Division of Labor in Comparative Perspective” (with Frances Rosenbluth and David Soskice). Social Politics 12, summer 2005, 216-42.

▪  “An Asset Theory of Social Policy Preferences” (with David Soskice). American Political Science Review, December 2001, 875-93.

▪  “The Causes of Welfare State Expansion: Deindustrialization or Globalization?” (with Thomas Cusack). World Politics 52, April 2000, pp. 313-349.

▪  “Institutions and Economic Performance in the 20th Century: Evidence from the Labor Market” (with Barry Eichengreen). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 15 (4), 1999, pp. 121-38.

▪  “The Nonneutrality of Monetary Policy with Large Price or Wage Setters” (with David Soskice). Quarterly Journal of Economics, 115, February 2000, pp. 265-84.

▪  “The Political Economy of Inflation: Bargaining Structure or Central Bank Independence?” Public Choice, 99, June 1999, pp. 237-58 [Lead]. (Corrected version in December 1999 issue).

▪  “Multiple Wage Bargaining systems in the Single European Currency Area” (with David Soskice). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Autumn 1998, pp. 110-124 (related version also published in Empirica 28 (4), 2001, 435-56).

▪  “Wage Bargaining, Central Bank Independence and the Real Effects of Money.” International Organization, 52, Summer 1998, pp. 469-504.

▪  “Equality, Employment, and Budgetary Restraint: The Trilemma of the Service Economy” (with Anne Wren). World Politics, 50, July 1998, pp. 507-46 [lead]. (Reprinted in Stephan Liebfried and Steffen Mau (eds.), Challenges to the Welfare State. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007).

▪  “Hard Choices for Scandinavian Social Democracy in Comparative Perspective.” Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 14, Spring 1998, pp. 59-75.

▪  “Wage Bargaining, Hard Money and Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence for Organized Market Economies.” British Journal of Political Science, 28, January 1998, pp. 31-61.

▪  “Power, Flexibility and the Breakdown of Centralized Wage Bargaining: The Cases of Denmark and Sweden in Comparative Perspective.” Comparative Politics, 28, July 1996, pp. 399-436.

▪  “The Logics of Electoral Politics: Spatial, Directional and Mobilizational Effects,” Comparative Political Studies, 27, July 1994, pp. 155-89 [lead].

▪  “Political Leadership and Representation in West European Democracies: A Test of Three Models of Voting.” American Journal of Political Science, 38, February 1994,  pp. 45-74.

 

Book chapters:

▪  “The Data Revolution and the Transformation of Social Protection” (with Philipp Rehm). In Marius R. Busemeyer, Achim Kemmerling, Paul Marx, and Kees van Kersbergen (eds), Digitalization and the Welfare State. Oxford University Press 2021.

▪  “A Structural-Institutional Explanation of the Eurozone Crisis.” In Philipp Manow, Hanna Schwander, Bruno Palier (eds.), Worlds of Welfare Capitalism and Electoral Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

▪  “Redistribution and the Power of the Advanced Nation State: Government Responses to Rising Inequality.” In Jon Erik Dølvik and And Martin (eds.), European Social Models, Employment and Inequality in and Era of Monetary Integration. Oxford: Oxford University Press,  2015.

▪  “Redistribution and the Power of the Advanced Nation State: Government Responses to Rising Inequality.” In Jon Erik Dølvik and And Martin (eds.), European Social Models, Employment and Inequality in and Era of Monetary Integration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009.

▪  “Modern Capitalism and the Advanced Nation State: Understanding the Causes of the Crisis.” In Nancy Bermeo and Jonas Pontusson (eds.), TCoping with the Crisis: Government Reactions to the Great Recession. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.

▪  “Democracy and Capitalism.” In Francis Castles, Stephan Liebfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger and Chris Pierson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Welfare States. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009.

▪  “Economic Interests and Political Representation: Coordination and Distributive Conflict in Historical Perspective.” In David Coen, Wyn Grant and Graham Wilson (eds.), Oxford Compendium on Business and Government. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010.

▪  “Economic Shocks, Inequality and Popular Support for Re-Distribution” (with Tom Cusack and Philipp Rehm). In Chris Anderson and Pablo Beramendi (eds.), Democracy, Inequality and Respresentation. New York: Russell Sage. 2008.

▪  “Electoral Institutions, Parties, and the Politics of Class: Explaining the Formation of Redistributive Coalitions” (with David Soskice). In Chris Anderson and Pablo Beramendi (eds.), Democracy, Inequality, and Representation. New York: Russell Sage, 2008.

▪  “Economic Shocks and Varieties of Government Responses. In Martin Rhodes, Bob  Hancké and Mark Thatcher (eds.), Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradiction and Complementarities in the European Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007.

▪  “Democracy and Capitalism.” In Barry Weingast and Donald Wittman (eds.), Oxford handbook of Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006.

▪  “The Dynamics of Welfare State Expansion: Trade Openness, De-industrialization and Partisan Politics.” In Paul Pierson, ed., The New Politics of the Welfare State. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

▪  “Social Protection and the Formation of Skills: A Reinterpretation of the Welfare State” (with Margarita Estevez-Abe and David Soskice). In Peter Hall and David Soskice (eds.), Varieties of Capitalism: The Challenges Facing Contemporary Political Economies. Oxford University Press, 2001.

▪  “Denmark: From External to Internal Adjustment” (with Niels Thygesen). In Eric Jones, Jeffry Frieden, and Francisco Torres, eds., Joining Europe's Monetary Club: The Challenge for Smaller Member States. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.

▪  “Decentralization, Monetarism, and the Social-Democratic Welfare State in the 1980s and 90s” in Iversen et al. (eds.), Unions, Employers and Central Banks: Macroeconomic Coordination and Institutional Change in Social Market Economies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

▪  “Comparative Political Economy: A Northern European Perspective” (with Jonas Pontusson). In Iversen et al. (eds.), Unions, Employers and Central Banks: Macroeconomic Coordination and Institutional Change in Social Market Economies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

▪  “National Regimes of Collective Wage Bargaining and Macro-Economic Policies: Lessons from Austria, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.” In Richard Locke and Kathleen Thelen, The Shifting Boundaries of Labor Politics. MIT University Press, forthcoming.

 

Shorter academic essays:

▪  “Combining Competitiveness, Growth, and Solidarity.” In Progressive Governance: The Politics of Growth, Stability, and Reform. Why do (some) people acquire costly political knowledge?” Presented to meeting of center-left party leaders in Copenhagen, April 10-12, 2013 (organized by Policy Network and Global Progress).

▪  “Combining Competitiveness, Growth, and Solidarity.” In Progressive Governance: The Politics of Growth, Stability, and Reform. Why do (some) people acquire costly political knowledge?” Presented to meeting of center-left party leaders in Copenhagen, April 10-12, 2013 (organized by Policy Network and Global Progress).

▪  “Why do (some) people acquire costly political knowledge?” In Gary King, Norman H. Nie and Kay L. Schlozman, Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives. (Festschrift for Sidney Verba). Taylor and Francis, 2009.

▪  “The Welfare State.”  In Ideas Foundation for Progress, Dictionary of Progressive Terms. Forthcoming 2010.

▪  “Class Politics is Dead. Long Live Class Politics.” APSA-CP: Comparative Politics Newsletter 17 (2), 2006.

▪  “Responses and Some Agenda Items for the Future Study of Democratic Capitalism”, Labor History 47 (3), 2006, 439-449. [Part of symposium on my book Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare]

▪  “Domesticating the Monster of Globalization APSA-CP: Comparative Politics Newsletter 7 (2), 1996.