Ellen M. Immergut

Head of Department

Chair in Political Sciences

Ellen ImmergutEllen M. Immergut joined the EUI as Chair in Political Science in September 2017. She is on leave from her position as Chair in Comparative Politics at Humboldt Universität Berlin, and has previously held professorships at the University of Konstanz and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her BA, MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University. She is currently Scientific Programme Coordinator for the transnational research programme Welfare State Futures (WSF), launched by the New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE). The WSF programme features a Europe-wide network of researchers gathered around fifteen large projects comprising 60 principal investigators and more than 200 researchers designed to ask, and answer, fundamental questions about the design, delivery and experience of welfare in the 21st century from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (welfarestatefutures.wordpress.com). She delivered the State of the Union address at the 2018 State of the Union Conference on “Solidarity in Europe” (https://sou-pasteditions.eui.eu/2018/keynote-speeches/).



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Research interests: The impact of electoral and political competition on welfare state reforms; policy responsiveness and policy feedback effects; health politics in Europe; and the consequences of right-wing populism for social policies. She has published on Health Politics, Pension Politics, and more generally on welfare state reform, and institutionalist theory. 


New Article!

Ellen M. Immergut and Simone M. Schneider, “Is it unfair for the affluent to be able to purchase “better” healthcare? Existential standards and institutional norms in healthcare attitudes across 28 countries,” Social Science & Medicine





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