Current research project

The rise of populist radical right parties (PRRPs) can be witnessed across most European democracies. Political and social scientists possess powerful theoretical elaborations on the causes of this electoral shift, but we still know very little about its consequences for the largest part of government activity: the welfare state. This is what my current research project studies. Its principal objective is to identify and explain how European PRRPs influence the welfare state, i.e. their social policy impact. With this agenda, I aim to address a substantial literature gap and contribute to an informed public debate about how the perhaps most dynamic partisan force of our age connects citizens to the exercise of political power. The project was awarded a research grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG; 2019-2023) .

Work in progress

In addition to my main research project described above, I currently work on the following papers and projects:

- When do Social democratic parties unite over tough immigration policies? (with Fabio Wolkenstein, Aarhus University)

- How the Eurozone shapes the Growth Model Strategies of Anti-System Parties (with Jonathan Hopkin, LSE).

- Trade unions, Institutional Power, and De-Dualization in the Conservative Welfare Regime (with Daniel Clegg and Elke Heins, Edinburgh)