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Colloquium on Comparative Politics and Public Policy

This colloquium is compulsory for supervisees of Ellen Immergut, but is open to other researchers and visiting fellows who are committed to regular attendance.  It provides doctoral researchers and visiting fellows with an opportunity to present ongoing work and receive feedback. All public lectures organized in conjunction with the colloquium are fully open to the EUI community.

Organizer: Prof. Ellen M. Immergut /Administrator: Adele Battistini

Events 2020-2021 Academic Year

September 23rd 16:00 | 18:00 

  • Responding to COVID-19: Government Action, Government Rhetoric, and Public Trust 

Presenter: Ellen M. Immergut (EUI)

Additional PI’s: Tamara Popic (EUI), Diana Burlacu (Newcastle University, remote)

  •  Driving Us Further Apart? The Impact of Social Media on Political Attitudes toward Covid-19 Policies

Presenter: Klarita Gërxhani (EUI)

Additional PI’s (remote): Jakob Bøggild Johannsen (EUI)

  • Politicising the Pandemic: Blame Attribution during the COVID Crisis

Presenter: Tobias Widman (EUI)

Additional PI’s (remote): Fred Paxton, Ofra Klein (EUI)

  •  Coping with COVID-19: A Comparative Political Economy Analysis of European Policy Responses

Presenter: Arianna Tassinari (Max Weber Fellow, SPS)

Additional PI (remote): Sebastian Diessner (Max Weber Fellow, SPS)

  •  East Central Europe COVID-19 monitor

Presenter: Dorothee Bohle (EUI)

Additional Project member (remote): Edgars Eihmanis (EUI)

  •  Rewriting the Social Contract over the Great Lockdown

Presenter: Robin Hugenot Noel (EUI)

PI (cannot attend): Anton Hemerijck

  •  Effects of the UK’s Lockdown between and within Gender: Exacerbating Existing Inequalities? 

Presenter (remote): Giuliana Giuliani (EUI)

  •  Trust, Information, and Logics of Redistribution in Post-Pandemic Italy

Presenter: Francesco Colombo (EUI)

Additional PI (remote): Ari Ray (Max Weber Fellow, SPS) 

Events 2019-2020 Academic Year

January 24th 13:30 | 15:00

Dimiter Toshkov: Party Government and Party Responsiveness. Discussant: Max Mansbart

February 21st 13:30 | 15:00 

  • Miriam Dageförde: Partisanship and Personal Importance as Determinants for Policy Preferences. Discussant: Dimiter Toshkov
  • Marlene Jugl: Blind Spots and the Paradox of Vulnerability: Why Germany was less prepared to respond to the refugee crisis than Luxembourg. Discussant: Claudia Badulescu

March 21st 13:30 | 15:00

October 9th 16:00 |17:30

  • Victoria Paniagua: Protecting Capital: Economic Elites, Asset Portfolio Diversification, and the Politics of Distributionn. Discussant: Daniel Fernandes
  • Corinna Funke: Digital Public Services in Europe – Laggards and Early Adopter. Discussants: Max Mansbart, Rebecca Kittel and Mariana Carmo Duarte

November 6th 16:00 |17:30

  • Takuya Onoda: The political consequences of the regulatory state: Drug rationing policies in England and France. Discussants: Corinna Funke, Alex Davenport, and Petar Konstantinov
  • Daniel Fernandes: The politics of welfare: does the salience of social issues affect social spending? Discussant: Morgan Le Corre Juratic

December 4th 16:00 |18:00

  • Markus Wagner: Does Austerity Cause Political Fragmentation and Polarization?  Max Mansbart: What drives ideological division in the EU?

January 22th 17:00 |18:30

  • Mariana Carmo Duarte: Is the sleeping giant awakening or is it still fast asleep?: The Politicization of the European Union in Central and Eastern Europe, 2004-2019. Rebecca Caroline Kittel : Patterns of Populists in Parliament: A Comparison of Populists' Debating Behavior and Its Influence on the Electorate in Europe.Alexander Davenport and Arnout van de Rijt:  Western European Liberal Parties in a Changing Political Landscape.
  • Giuseppe Ciccolini: Socio-economic inequalities and voting in Europe

February 5th  16:00 | 17:30

  • Morgan Le Corre Juratic: (De)mobilizing Europeans -  A Focus Group analysis of citizens reaction to party polarization (with Virginie van Ingelgom)


Events 2018-2019 Academic Year 13:30 | 13:00 - 14:30

 October 3rd 17:00 | 18:30 

  • Morgan Le Corre Juratic : Dimensions of Political Conflict, Party Polarization, and Electoral Turnout in Western European Democracy. Discussant: Mirjam Dageförde
  • Francesco Colombo: Changing Voters Alignments in Western Europe During the Great Recession:  The mediating role of economic and cultural preferences. Discussant: Andra Maria Barbu-Roescu

October 10th 13:30 |15:00

  • Daniel  Fernandes: Governments, opposition, and welfare policy-making. Discussant: Katharina Zimmermann
  • Maximilian Mansbart: Captured by the rich? Media bias within the inheritance and gift tax debate in the case of Austria. Discussant: Camilla Reuterswaerd

 November 8th 13:30 |15:00

  • Katharina Zimmermann: Redistribution reinforced? Citizens’ perceptions towards welfare conditionality between conduct and circumstances. Discussant: Tamara Popic
  •  Camilla Reuterswaerd: Electoral Competition, Party Type, and the Catholic Church: The Subnational Politics of Same-Sex Policy in Mexico. Discussant: Per Andersson

November 15th 13:30 | 15:00

  • Marc Helbing: Social Divides in the Age of Globalization. Discussant: Francesco Colombo

November 21st 13:30 | 15:00


  •  Diana Burlacu and Tamara Popic: Healthcare Satisfaction in the Context of Austerity: Portugal and Ireland Compared. Discussant: Daniel Fernandes



Events 2017-2018 Academic Year


Sven Hutter: Dynamics of protest and electoral politics in the Great Recession (co-authored with Björn Bremer and Hanspeter Kriesi)


Björn Bremer: Attitudes Towards Austerity: Explaining the Public’s Debt Aversion in Times of Crisis





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