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In her research, Christine Trampusch  mainly employs historical-institutional and comparative methods in order to analyze institutions and policies that regulate labor and financial markets. Her primary interests are the relationship between political and economic power, the transformation of statehood and reform politics, institutional change, and the question of how developments in the international political economy influence domestic politics. She uses qualitative-comparative and within-case methods to develop hypotheses in comparative political economy and institutional theory.

Current research projects

Her current research projects investigate the transformation of public debt management and financial market regulation, the historical origins of varieties of capitalism, the development of skill formation systems, and the transformation of industrial relations.

Current research interests 

  • Institutional change in capitalist democracies
  • Public debt
  • Financial markets and their regulation
  • Industrial relations, welfare state, and skill formation
Completed major research projects
2014/2015 Debt Management Reforms and Pension Reforms in Ireland and New Zealand
2014 Financialization of Sovereign Debt Management in 23-OECD countries (together with Michael Schwan and Florian Fastenrath)
2013 Derivative transactions of municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia (together with Dennis C. Spies)
2013 The deregulation of the dairy industry in New Zealand
2013 The rise and fall of the german Landesbanken (together with Benedikt Linden and Micheal Schwan)
2013 Biosecurity policy in New Zealand
2013 Evolution of skill formation in Germany, Austria and New Zealand
2012 Credit Ranking in the German banking system
2012 Political economy of accounting
2012 Agricultural interests and the origins of varieties of capitalism (together with Dennis C. Spies)
2011 Institutional Change in the Swiss Banking Secrecy (together with Simon Steinlin, University of Bern)
2009-2011 The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation (together with Marius R. Busemeyer, University of Konstanz)
2009-2010 Switzerland in Europe. Europe in Switzerland (together with André Mach, Lausanne)
9/2008-8/2010 The Privatization of the Welfare State: Industrial Relations as a Source of Social Benefits (funds: 2 doctoral assistants, 2 research assistants), CHF 228'172, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): Rebeca (Research on Social Benefits in Collective Agreements)
1/2008-12/2009 “The Welfare State and Trade Unions in Switzerland” (funds: 1 doctoral student; student had to be the applicant), CHF 74'250, Swiss Social Archive in Zurich
9/2007-12/2009 Europeanization and institutional change in vocational training
2005-2006 A dog's life in Post-Hartz German. A Canine Understanding of German Welfare Reform (together with Deborah Schmierstein and Marina vom Prühmtal); download publication: Post_Hartz_Germany_2006
2003-2006 Trade unions and welfare state, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
2004-2007 Institutional complementarity and institutional change (together with Wolfgang Streeck, Kathleen Thelen, Martin Höpner, Britta Rehder und Armin Schäfer), Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
2001-2006 Transformation of German corporatism (together with Wolfgang Streeck), Max Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies