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 (2019-2022). Its principal objective is to identify and explain how European PRRPs influence the welfare state when they are in government, 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 3-year research grant by the German Research Foundation.

Work in progress

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

- How the Eurozone disempowers Trade Unions: The Political Economy of Competitive Internal Devaluation (with Arianna Tassinari, University of Warwick).

- Authoritarian Value and the Welfare State: The Social Policy Preferences of Radical Right Voters (with Marius Busemeyer and Alexander Sahm, University of Konstanz).

- Adapt or Attack? Radical Right Parties and the Institutional Politics of Economic Governance Reform (with Michael Baggesen Klitgaard, SDU Odense)

- Labor Law and Policy under New Nationalism: The case of Austria (with Martin Risak, University of Vienna).

- The Radical Right and the Labour Movement (with Line Rennwald, University of Geneva; and Nadja Mosimann, University of Zurich).

- Taxation and Populism (with Daniel Bischof, University of Zurich; Laura Seelkopf, LMU Munich).

© 2019 by Philip Rathgeb

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