Pepper Culpepper

Professor of Political Science 

Pepper Culpepper

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 286 / Int. 2256

Fax [+39] 055 4685 201

Office BF 264, Badia Fiesolana 


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Postal address

Department of Political and Social Sciences
European University Institute
Via dei Roccettini 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole - Italy  


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Short Biography

Pepper Culpepper joined the EUI is as Professor of Political Science in January 2010. His research focuses on comparative political economy, processes of institutional change in democratic capitalism, and the quality of national democracy in the European Union.

His most recent book is Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan (Cambridge University Press 2011), which explores the role of political salience in determining the power resources of actors in battles over takeover regulation and executive compensation in Europe, Japan, and the United States since 1990.

He is the author of Creating Cooperation (Cornell University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Changing France (with Peter Hall and Bruno Palier, Palgrave 2006) and of The German Skills Machine (with David Finegold, Berghahn Books 1999).

His work has appeared in International Organization, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Revue Française de Science Politique, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Public Policy, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, among others.

A former Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, he has also held long-term visiting appointments in France, Germany, and Japan.


 English, French, German, Italian

Fields of Research and Supervision

Comparative politics, comparative political economy; democracy at the national and supra-national levels of the European Union.


Comparative Political Economy, Spring 2012

Introduction to Qualitative Methods, Autumn 2011

Research Design in Qualitative Analysis (with D. Della Porta), Spring 2011

European Democracy (with A. Trechsel), Autumn 2010

Research Design in Qualitative Analysis: Interview & Text Analysis (with D. Della Porta), Spring 2010 

Recent publications

  • Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan,  Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • “Managers Usually Win: The Comparative Politics of Corporate Control.” In David Coen, Wyn Grant, and Graham Wilson, eds., Oxford Handbook on Business and Government, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • “The Politics of Common Knowledge: Ideas and Institutional Change in Wage Bargaining.” International Organization 62: 1, January 2008, pp. 1-33 [Lead article].
  • “Institutions and Collective Actors in the Provision of Training: Historical and Cross-National Comparisons.” With Kathleen Thelen. In Karl Ulrich Mayer and Heike Solga (eds.), Skill Formation: Interdisciplinary and Cross-National Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 21-49

Public Commentary

“How to Succeed in Regulating Business.” The New Republic online (electronic version posted March 17, 2009 at

“Obama’s Biggest Obstacle.” Christian Science Monitor, February 7, 2008.


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