I am Assistant Professor of Comparative Social Policy at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz and Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality”.

My academic work is dedicated to critical issues surrounding social policy, European integration and the relationship between them. I am particularly interested in studying public attitudes towards risk-sharing, inequality and international solidarity.

My work has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy and West European Politics, among other journals. You can find out more about my current and past research under Projects and Publications.

New Publication:
The distributive politics of the green transition:

A conjoint experiment on EU climate change mitigation policy

Published in the Journal of European Public Policy

In the fight against climate change, the European Union has developed a new growth strategy to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To support EU member states in their transition towards greener economies, climate change mitigation policies are being implemented at the EU-level. However, such policies can be designed in different ways, and gaining citizens’ support is crucial for the political feasibility of the European green transition. Drawing on data from an original conjoint experiment conducted in Germany (N = 5,796), this article investigates how policy design shapes public support for EU climate change mitigation. To this end, the study theoretically and empirically distinguishes four policy dimensions that address the distributive politics of the European green transition: sectoral scope, social spending, financing structure and cross-country distribution. The results confirm that all four policy dimensions significantly impact public support. Specifically, the study reveals that support is greatest for EU policy packages that target financial support at the renewable energy sector, include social investment policies, are financed by increasing taxes on the rich, and distribute resources across EU member states based on population size. Furthermore, citizens’ sensitivity to the policy design varies slightly by income position, left-right ideology and climate attitudes.

Book chapter in “A Research Agenda for Public Attitudes to Welfare”.

From national welfare states to Social Europe:
welfare attitudes in the context of European integration.

In this chapter of the edited volume by Femke Roosma and Tijs Laenen, I provide a deeper insight into whether, and why, Europeans have diverging attitudes with respect to member state solidarity.

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