I am a political scientist who is trying to understand the causes and the consequences of political choices on economic and social policy issues. I am interested in particular in how business interest groups and policy-makers interact. I am currently researching corporate tax reforms and the transnational regulation of corporate tax avoidance through profit shifting (project video). In a second project I research why governments cut taxes on the wealthy, in particular inheritance taxes.
I wrote a book on how employers’ associations influenced major welfare state reforms in Germany (Routledge, 2012), and published articles in academic journals like World Politics, New Political Economy, Socio-Economic Review, and Comparative Political Studies.
In my life so far, I have had the great privilege to have the time and the resources to pursue my research interests due to other people seeing the potential in my research plans and therefore awarding me with highly competitive grants and fellowships. As a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the University of Southern Denmark, I am currently based in the Danish town of Odense and am a member of the Danish Center for Welfare Studies there. Previously, I have held research fellowships at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin (2015-2016), at the Central European University’s Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest (2014-2015), and at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne (2009-2014).
My earlier work, based on my PhD, dealt with the impact of employers’ associations on the construction of welfare state programs in Germany. Through systematic historical comparison I was able to show how the role of employers in politics is not only an influencing, but also an adaptive one. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to do my PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, a place that turned out as formative for my professional development. Even though finishing my PhD thesis was not an easy job, my travails on it were compensated by the Erwin Wenzl Price (2010).
On this website you can find more information about my research projects, teaching, and publications. I hope you will find some of my papers relevant to your own work. You can download my CV here (PDF, August 2018).