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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 2020 - 16:00 | 18:00

EUI-Funded COVID-19 Research Projects:

  • Ellen M. Immergut (EUI): Responding to COVID-19: Government Action, Government Rhetoric, and Public Trust 

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

  •  Klarita Gërxhani (EUI): Driving Us Further Apart? The Impact of Social Media on Political Attitudes toward Covid-19 Policies

Additional PI’s: Jakob Bøggild Johannsen (EUI)

  • Tobias Widman (EUI): Politicising the Pandemic: Blame Attribution during the COVID Crisis

Additional PI’s: Fred PaxtonOfra Klein (EUI)

  •  Arianna Tassinari (Max Weber Fellow, SPS): Coping with COVID-19: A Comparative Political Economy Analysis of European Policy Responses

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

Additional Project member: Edgars Eihmanis (EUI) 

  • Robin Huguenot-Noel (EUI): Rewriting the Social Contract over the Great Lockdown

PI: Anton Hemerijck (EUI) 

  • Giuliana Giuliani (EUI): Effects of the UK’s Lockdown between and within Gender: Exacerbating Existing Inequalities? 
  • Francesco Colombo (EUI): Trust, Information, and Logics of Redistribution in Post-Pandemic Italy

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


October 7th 2020 - 16:00 | 18:00

  • Katarzyna Fijał (EUI): Roots of authoritarianism. Populism in Central and Eastern Europe as a result of the experience of an authoritarian system and systemic transformation
  • Mirko Wegemann (EUI):The Populist Right and the Welfare State
  • Rebecca Kittel (EUI): Simplicity of Populist Messages and Its Effects on Citizens – A Survey Experiment 

Discussant: Alexandru Moise (SPS Max Weber Fellow)


October 21st 2020 - 16:00 | 18:00

  • Rebeca Gonzalez (EUI): The Urban-rural divide and the rise of extreme right parties in Europe 
  • Daniel Serrano Fernandez (EUI): Explaining Social Investment Policies in times of demographic ageing in Bismarkian welfare states 
  • Morgan Le Corre Juratic (EUI): Party polarization and French citizens (de)mobilization: an experimental design 

Discussant: Daniel Fernandes (EUI)


November 4th 2020 - 16:00 | 18:00

  • Ellen M. Immergut (EUI): Discussion of thesis prospectus 


November 11th 2020 - 16:00 | 18:00

  • Selma Kropp (EUI): The EU’s children’s right system – from preaching abroad to practicing at home? 
  • Daniel Fernandes (EUI): Governments and welfare change: how do incumbent parties shape social spending efforts during tough times

Discussant: Corinna Funke (EUI)


November 25th 2020 - 16:00 | 18:00

  • Corinna Funke (EUI): The digital transformation of our public services – the French case

Discussant: Takuya Onoda (EUI)

  • Mariana Carmo Duarte (EUI): The Politicization of the European Union in National Arenas: does Party Competition affect Public Opinion?

Discussant: Alexandru Moise (EUI)


December 2nd 2020 - 17:00 | 18:00

  • Alex Davenport (EUI): Western European Liberal Parties in a Changing Political Context

Discussant: Rebecca Kittel (EUI)


December 9th 2020 - 17:00 | 18:00

  • Alexandru Moise (EUI): Partisanship and Social Policy – Is the left still relevant in expanding healthcare? 

Discussant: Morgan Le Corre Juratic (EUI)


January 13th 2021 - 16:00 | 18:00

  • Rebecca Kittel (EUI): Simplicity of Populist Messages and Its Effects on Citizens - Results of a Survey Experiment
  • Diana Burlacu (Newcastle University) and Ellen M. Immergut (EUI): TBA


January 27th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00

  • Prospecti:
    • Katarzyna Fijał (EUI): Roots of authoritarianism. Populism in Central and Eastern Europe as a result of the experience of an authoritarian system and systemic transformation
    • Mirko Wegemann (EUI): The Populist Right and the Welfare State
    • Rebeca Gonzalez (EUI): The Urban-rural divide and the rise of extreme right parties in Europe


February 10th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00

  • Book Proposals:

    • Takyua Onoda: The Regulatory State and Politicisation: Drug Rationing in Europe and Japan


February 24th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00


  • Daniel Serrano FernandezExplaining Social Investment Policies
  • Steven James BallantyneParty Competition in Europe’s Fragmented Political Spac
  • Inês Duarte Democratic Backsliding: An Exploratory Analysis


March 10th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00

  • Presenters and discussant TBA


April 7th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00

  • Presenters and discussant TBA


April 21st 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00

  • Presenters and discussant TBA


April 28th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00

  • Second Year Presentations


May 19th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00

  • Presenters and discussant TBA


June 9th 2021 - 11:00 | 13:00 

  • Presenters and discussant TBA


Events 2019-2020 Academic Year

October 9th 2019 - 16:00 |17:30

  • Victoria Paniagua (Max Weber Fellow 2019 - 2020): Protecting Capital: Economic Elites, Asset Portfolio Diversification, and the Politics of Distributionn

Discussant: Daniel Fernandes (EUI)

  • Corinna Funke (EUI): Digital Public Services in Europe – Laggards and Early Adopter.

Discussant:  Max Mansbart (EUI)

First Year Presentations: Mariana Carmo Duarte (EUI), Rebecca Kittel (EUI)


November 6th 2019 - 16:00 |17:30

  • Takuya Onoda (Max Weber Fellow 2019 - 2020):The political consequences of the regulatory state: Drug rationing policies in England and France.

Discussant: Corinna Funke (EUI)

First Year Presentations: Alex Davenport (EUI), Petar Konstantinov (EUI)


November 20th 2019 - 16:00 |17:30

  • Daniel Fernandes (EUI): The politics of welfare: does the salience of social issues affect social spending? 

Discussant: Morgan Le Corre Juratic (EUI)


December 4th 2019 - 16:00 |18:00

  • Markus Wagner (University of Vienna): Does Austerity Cause Political Fragmentation and Polarization?  
  • Max Mansbart (EUI): What drives ideological division in the EU?


January 8th  2020 - 17:00 |18:30

  • Giuseppe Ciccolini (EUI):  Socio-economic inequalities and voting in Europe

Discussant: Alina Vranceau (Max Weber Fellow)


January 22nd 2020 - 17:00 |18:30

  • Mariana Carmo Duarte (EUI): 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 (EUI): Patterns of Populists in Parliament: A Comparison of Populists' Debating Behavior and Its Influence on the Electorate in Europe.
  • Alexander Davenport (EUI):  Western European Liberal Parties in a Changing Political Landscape (Co-Supervisor: Arnout van de Rijt)


February 5th 2020 - 16:00 | 17:30

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

Discussant: Judith Spiers (Max Weber Fellow)


April 27th 2020 - 16:00 | 17:30

  • Second Year Presentations:  
    • Corinna Funke (EUI)
      Discussant: Tamara Popic (Max Weber Fellow)
    • Daniel Fernandes (EUI)
    • Morgan Le Corre Juratic (EUI)
    • Max Mansbart (EUI)
      Discussant: Christoffer Green-Pedersen (Aarhus University)


Events 2018-2019 Academic Year 

October 3rd 2018 - 17:00 | 18:30 

  • Morgan Le Corre Juratic (EUI): Dimensions of Political Conflict, Party Polarization, and Electoral Turnout in Western European Democracy

Discussant: Mirjam Dageförde (Max Weber Fellow 2017 - 2019)

  • 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 (Max Weber Fellow 2018 - 2019)


October 18th 2018 - 13:30 |15:00

  • Daniel Fernandes (EUI): Governments, opposition, and welfare policy-making.

Discussant: Katharina Zimmermann (SPS Visiting Fellow 2018)

  • Maximilian Mansbart (EUI): Captured by the rich? Media bias within the inheritance and gift tax debate in the case of Austria.

Discussant: Camilla Reuterswaerd (SPS Visiting Student 2018 - 2019)


November 8th 2018 - 13:30 |15:00

  • Katharina Zimmermann (SPS Visiting Fellow 2018): Redistribution reinforced? Citizens’ perceptions towards welfare conditionality between conduct and circumstances. 

Discussant: Tamara Popic (Research Fellow EUI) 

  • Camilla Reuterswaerd (SPS Visiting Student 2018 - 2019): Electoral Competition, Party Type, and the Catholic Church: The Subnational Politics of Same-Sex Policy in Mexico.

Discussant: Per Federik Andersson (Max Weber Fellow 2017 - 2019)


November 15th 2018 - 13:30 | 15:00

  • Marc Helbing (WZB): Social Divides in the Age of Globalization.

Discussant: Francesco Colombo (EUI)


November 21st 2018 - 13:30 | 15:00

Discussant: Katharina Zimmermann (SPS Visiting Fellow 2018)


January 15th 2019 - 17.00 | 18.30

  • Diana Burlacu (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Tamara Popic (EUI): Healthcare Satisfaction in the Context of Austerity: Portugal and Ireland Compared.

Discussant: Daniel Fernandes (EUI)

  • Diana Burlacu (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Andra Roescu (Max Weber Fellow 2018 - 2019): Public Responsiveness and the 2006 Dutch Private Health Insurance Reform

Discussant: Morgan Le Corre Juratic (EUI)


January 24th 2019 - 13:30 | 15:00

  • Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University): Party Government and Party Responsiveness. 

Discussant: Max Mansbart (EUI)


February 21st 2019 - 13:30 | 15:00

  • Miriam Dageförde (Max Weber Fellow 2017-2020): Partisanship and Personal Importance as Determinants for Policy Preferences.

Discussant: Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University)

  • Marlene Jugl (SPS Visiting Student 2018 -2019): Blind Spots and the Paradox of Vulnerability: Why Germany was less prepared to respond to the refugee crisis than Luxembourg.

Discussant: Claudia Badulescu (EUI)


March 21st 2019 - 13:30 | 15:00

  • Per Frederik Andersson (Max Weber Fellow 2017 - 2019):  Per Frederik Andersson Fiscal Capacity in Non-Democratic States.

Discussant: Jakob Fritzell (EUI)

  • Miriam Dageförde (Max Weber Fellow 2017 - 2019): Output Legitimacy? EU Policies, national policies and EU support.

Discussant: Julian Garritzmann (Max Weber Fellow 2018 - 2019)


April 25th 2019 – 16:00 | 18:00


May 23rd 2019 - 13:30 | 15:00

  • Author meets Critic:
    • Author: Konstantin Vössing (City University of London): How Leaders Mobilize Workers: Social Democracy, Revolution and Moderate Syndicalism, Cambridge University Press.

Critic: Robert M. Fishman (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)


June 13th 2019 - 13:30 | 15:00

Mini-Conference: Research Working Group on Policy Responsiveness:

  • Sergi Pardos-Prado (Mertin College, Oxford): Tax Progressivity, Immigration and the Prospects of Social Democracy
  • Daniel Fernandes (EUI): Issue Saliency, Issue Competition, and the Post-Industrial Welfare Politics
  • Max Mansbart (EUI): When Preferences Differ? Variation in Public Policy Attitudes within the EU
  • Ellen M. Immergut (EUI) co-Authored with Tarik Abou-Chadi (University of Zürich): Public Opinion, Institutions, and Welfare State Change: Bringing references Back In Without Throwing the Institutions Back Out

Discussant: Lukas Stoetzer (SPS Visiting Fellow 2018 -2019)



Events 2017-2018 Academic Year

September 20th 2017 – 17:00 | 19:00

  • Ellen M. ImmergutIntroduction


October 11th 2017 – 17:00 | 19:00


November 8th  2017 – 17:00 | 19:00

First Year Presentations:

  • Francesco Colombo (EUI)
  • Valentim Vincente (EUI)

Discussants: Diana Burlacu (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Björn Rönnerstrand (Göteborg University)


November 15th 2017 – 17:00 | 19:00

  • Ellen M. ImmergutHealthdox Project


November 22nd 2017 – 17:00 | 19:00

First Year presentations:

  • Hannah Adzakpa (EUI) 
  • Kyriaki Kourra (EUI)


November 29th 2017 – 17:00 | 19:00


December 6th 2017 – 17:00 | 19:00


February 14th 2018

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


March 7th 2018



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