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

  • the politics of welfare state reform;
  • measuring retrenchment and alternative indicators for fiscal consolidation;
  • political strategies for austerity (obfuscation);
  • party systems in Central and Eastern Europe, and
  • inequality and political participation (with Carsten Q. Schneider).

Currently my on-going research projects include:

  • a manuscript entitled Technocrats and the politics of liberalizing welfare on Europe’s periphery, which investigates the central role of a handful of elite 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 intersection between access to housing finance and fertilty rates comparing Southern and East Central European countries (with Dorothee Bohle); and
  • “When does Policy Transfer Affect Policy Instability? The Example of Eastern European Pensions and Parental Leave Policies” (with Achim Kemmerling), book chapter forthcoming in 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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