Afonso, Alexandre

Associate Professor of Public Policy

University of Leiden, Netherlands



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2010/2011

Ph.D. Institution

University of Lausanne, Switzerland


My research interests are in comparative political economy, welfare state reform, industrial relations and European integration. My Ph.D. (Lausanne, June 2010) explores the political underpinnings of corporatist concertation in Europe with special attention paid to Switzerland, Austria and Ireland. I am also interested in the comparison of varieties of capitalism and employment regimes in Western Europe, and the politics of labour mobility in the European Union.
I studied in Lausanne (B.A.), Geneva (M.A.) and Zurich (NCCR Democracy Doctoral programme). Between 2008 and 2010, I have been a Research Fellow funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I have also held short-term visiting positions at University College Dublin and at the Institute for European Integration Research in Vienna.

My work includes articles in the European Journal of Industrial Relations, Social Policy and Administration, Policy and Politics and International Migration, as well as a few book chapters, notably with Routledge and Amsterdam University Press.
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