Research

Primarily related to the field of comparative political economy, my research interests include:

  • the role of experts in the politics of policy reform,
  • political strategies for austerity (obfuscation),
  • post-crisis politics of finance in Europe, and
  • housing policy in Europe.

I completed a PhD in Political Science at Central European University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled Reforming East Central European Welfare States: Governments, Technocrats, and the Patterns of Quiet Retrenchment.

Currently my on-going research projects include:

  • a manuscript entitled The power of experts and the politics of liberalizing welfare on Europe’s periphery, which investigates the central role of a handful of experts in constructing momentum to pass (largely unpopular) policies of retrenchment using the theory of “reformmongering” (Hirschman 1963)
  • the partisan politics of obfuscation, which argues that left and right governments use passive forms of austerity under different conditions (based on a QCA analysis of Central and Eastern European governments);
  • the shifting mission of the Hungarian Central Bank (with Miklós Sebők);
  • the political influence of credit rating agencies in Europe (with Zsófia Barta);
  • the intersection between access to housing finance and fertilty rates comparing Southern and East Central European countries (with Dorothee Bohle); and
  • theories of policy instability (with Achim Kemmerling).

Publications

When does Policy Diffusion Affect Policy Instability? Cases of Excessive Policy Volatility in Welfare Policies in East Central Europe“(with Achim Kemmerling) In Policy Experiments, Failures and InnovationsBeyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe. Edward Elgar Publishing. 2018.

Forms of Welfare Capitalism and Education-based Participatory Inequality.” (with Carsten Q. Schneider) In Socio-Economic Review2014: 2, 437462.
*** Won prize for best paper in Socio-Economic Review for 2014, prize announcement

Education and Participatory Inequalities in Real Existing Democracies: Probing the Effect of Labor Markets on the Qualities of Democracies” (with Carsten Q. Schneider) In Open Forum CES Working Paper Series. Harvard: The Minda de Gunzbur Center for European Studies, 2010.

Explaining continuity and change in postcommunist Central European welfare states.” In Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe. 2010: 1, 89-102.

Book review: Development, Democracy and Welfare States: Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe by Stephan Haggard & Robert Kaufman.Czech Sociological Review 45, 3 (June 2009): .

Book review: Divide and Pacify: Strategic Social Policies and Political Protests in Post-Communist Democracies, by Pieter Vanhuysse.” Czech Sociological Review. 43, 6 (Dec 2007): 1213-1215.

“Book review: Agriculture in Transition: Land Policies and Evolving Farm Structures in Post-Soviet Countries, by Zvi Lerman, Csaba Csaki, and Gershon Feder.” Europe-Asia Studies. 57,6 (Sept 2005): 917-920.

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