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Brief portrait

Leon Kanthak is interested in topics related to political economy and European integration. His present research focuses on the explanation of macroeconomic policy choices (monetary, fiscal, wage policy) in the national and supranational/intergovernmental arenas of decision-making on the basis of the interaction among actors, institutions, and actor preferences at these levels.

Leon Kanthak studied Political Science at the Free University Berlin and at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. The subject of his diploma (M.A.-level) thesis was the political economy of current account imbalances in the Eurozone. During his studies at Berlin, he worked as a research assistant at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Integration. Since October 2013, he works as a researcher at the Chair of International Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology (Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch).


Research interests

  • Political economy
  • EU, Eurozone/EMU
  • Game theory
  • Political institutions
  • Political decision-making
  • Monetary, fiscal, and wage policy

Dissertation project

  • Political decisions and macroeconomic imbalances in a multi-level system: regulation and coordination in the Eurozone


Winter term 2015/16

  • Seminar: "The Political Economy of European economic and monetary policy"  KLIPS

Winter term 2014/15

  • Seminar: "The political economy of European economic and monetary policy"  KLIPS

Winter term 2013/14

  • Seminar: "The political economy of macroeconomic imbalances and adjustment policies"  KLIPS

Conference presentations

22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies, Paris, 8-10/7/2015

  • "Game Change: An Analysis of the Origins of the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure"

3rd Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association, Barcelona, 20-22/6/2013

  • "Determinants of Current Account Imbalances in the Eurozone: A Politico-Economic Analysis"


"The Eurozone Crisis: An Opportunity or a Setback for Europe?" (co-authored with Michael Bolle). In: Cilheková (2013): Changes in Governance in the Context of the Global Crisis. Prague: Nakladatelství Oeconomica.

"Explaining Differences in the Institutional Design of ASEAN and NAFTA". In: Börzel et al. (2012): New Roads to Regionalism. Aldershot: Ashgate.