Prof. Dr. Silja Häusermann

Welcome! I am a Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich, where I teach classes on Swiss politics, comparative political economy, comparative politics and welfare state research. For the academic year 2018/2019, I have joined the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin as a fellow.

My research interests are in comparative politics and comparative political economy. More specifically, my current work deals with electoral and party system change and their impact on distributive policies in advanced post-industrial democracies; with the dualization of welfare states and labor markets; with the role of social identities in the changing electoral politics of the 21st century; with changing conflict dimensions in distributive politics and with the sources of welfare state support in post-industrial societies.

I am the author of „The Politics of Welfare Reform in Continental Europe. Modernization in Hard Times“, which was published with Cambridge University Press in April 2010. I am also a co-editor of „The Age of Dualization. The Changing Face of Inequality in Deindustrializing Societies“ (Oxford University Press 2012) and „The Politics of Advanced Capitalism“ (Cambridge University Press, 2015). My work on comparative welfare state analysis, public opinion and welfare states, and Europeanization of national politics has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Politics, European Journal of Political Research, the British Journal of Political Science, Socio-Economic Review, the Journal of European Social Policy and the Journal of European Public Policy.