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DIESSNER, Sebastian


Max Weber Fellow 2019-2020 & 2020-2021

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-573 (ext: 2573)
Office: VPA 209

European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Mentor: Philipp Genschel


Sebastian Diessner holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His doctoral thesis has focused on the political economy of central banking and central bank independence in Europe and Japan, and has led to a book project on the European Central Bank and Populism (forthcoming) as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals including Socio-Economic Review and the Journal of Common Market Studies.

Sebastian’s research interests include the politics and economics of macroeconomic policy, the governance of crises, the political economy of technological and institutional change, and quantitative and qualitative methods in the social sciences. He also takes a keen interest in policy work.

During his Max Weber Fellowship, Sebastian will conduct research on the varieties of government responses to recessions – including the COVID-19-induced recession – in order to shed light on the growing challenge of macroeconomic policy coordination in advanced capitalist democracies. 

Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers

Sebastian has taught courses on the Politics of Economic Policy at the London School of Economics and on Comparative Political Economy at King’s College London, and has obtained the UK Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE). He has also delivered guest lectures at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn and at James Madison University in Florence. He has supervised 40+ student-led research projects on various aspects of public policymaking to date.

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