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Christine Trampusch`s research and teaching focuses on the following topics: comparative political economy and policy analysis, economic sociology, Varieties of Capitalism, institutional change, welfare states, industrial relations, educational policy, financial markets and bank secrecy, Europeanization, Switzerland in Europe, qualitative comparative and case oriented methods, as well as “bridge building” between the University of Cologne`s WiSo-Faculty and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.

She received her habilitation in 2006 in political science from the University of Göttingen and has been a full professor at the University of Cologne since July 2011. Between March 2007 and June 2011 she researched and taught as assistant professor for comparative politics at the Institute for Political Science, University of Bern. Prior, she has already spent several years in Cologne working in the research group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Streeck at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. She received her doctoral degree in 2000 from the University of Göttingen.

In her research, Christine Trampusch mainly employs historical-institutional and comparative methods in order to analyze the processes, contents, and structures of policies that regulate labor and financial markets. Her primary interests concern the changes of the relationship between territorial and functional interest group politics, between political and economic power, the transformation of statehood and reform politics, institutional change, and the question of how European integration and EU-policies influence domestic politics. Qualitative-comparative and within-case methods are used with the aim of hypotheses and theory development in comparative political economy and institutional theory. Her research findings have been published and are forthcoming in numerous national and international journals.

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