Reto Bürgisser

Reto Bürgisser

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Zurich

Welcome!

I am Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich. I hold a Ph.D. from the European University Institute and have been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern.

My main research interests lie in the fields of political economy, comparative politics, and political behavior. I am particularly interested in the politics of welfare state and labor market reforms, fiscal and environmental policy preferences, technological change, and growth models. In my Ph.D., I have studied the politics of welfare state recalibration in Continental and Southern Europe over the last three decades. Currently, I am also part of the ERC Welfare Priorities and the NORFACE TECHNO projects.

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Interests
  • Welfare State Reforms
  • Labor Markets
  • Fiscal and Environmental Policy Preferences
  • Technological Change
  • Growth Models
Education
  • PhD in Political and Social Sciences, 2019

    European University Institute

  • MRes in Political and Social Sciences, 2015

    European University Institute

  • MA in Political Science and Sociology, 2013

    University of Zurich

  • BA in Political Science and Sociology, 2011

    University of Zurich

Publications

(2021). Attitudinal Polarization Towards the Redistributive Role of the State in the Wake of the COVID-19 Crisis. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 31(S1), 41-55.

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(2021). Trade-Offs Between Redistribution and Environmental Protection: the Role of Information, Ideology, and Self-Interest. Journal of European Public Policy 28(4), 489-509.

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(2021). The Partisan Politics of Family and Labor Market Policy Reforms in Southern Europe. in Garritzmann, J., S. Häusermann, and B. Palier (eds.). The World Politics of Social Investment (Volume II): The Politics of Varying Social Investment Strategies. Oxford University Press.

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(2021). Familienpolitik. Handbuch der Schweizer Politik. NZZ Verlag.

(2019). Insider–Outsider Representation and Social Democratic Labor Market Policy. Socio-Economic Review.

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(2019). The Politics of Welfare State Recalibration in Continental and Southern Europe. Ph.D. Thesis. Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute.

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Teaching

University of Zurich

  • Political Consequences of Technological Change, MA Seminar, Spring Term 2021 (with Thomas Kurer).
  • Swiss Economic and Social Policy in Comparative Perspective, BA Seminar, Spring Term 2020. Evaluation result: 5.0 (1-6 scale).
  • Political Consequences of Technological Change, MA Seminar, Spring Term 2020 (with Thomas Kurer). Evaluation result: 5.7 (1-6 scale).

University of Bern

  • Causes and Consequences of the Crisis in Southern Europe, BA Seminar, Fall Term 2019. Evaluation result: 10.6 (1-11 scale).
    Awarded with the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Science.
  • States and Markets: Introduction to Comparative Political Economy, BA Seminar, Spring Term 2019. Evaluation result: 5.7 (1-6 scale).
    Awarded with the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Science.
  • Causes and Consequences of the Crisis in Southern Europe, BA Seminar, Fall Term 2018. Evaluation result: 5.3 (1-6 scale).

European University Institute

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods, Ph.D. Seminar, Fall Term 2015 (with Fabrizio Bernardi).
  • Catch-Up Course in Data Analysis, Ph.D. Block Seminar, Fall Term 2015 (with Lea Kröger).

Contact

  • Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, Affolternstrasse 56, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland,