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Tarlea, Silvana

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Basel, Institute for European Global Studies, Switzerland


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2014/2015, 2015/2016

Ph.D. Institution

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


I defended my PhD in political science at the University of Oxford in December 2014. I was a graduate student at Nuffield College. My research interests can be broadly defined as comparative political economy, mixed methods research methodology, and Eastern European politics.
In my research I am interested in the role of governments in the organization of national economies. As such, my DPhil analyses how governments in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have sought to attract foreign companies through developing human capital. It explores the political-economic causes and consequences of the dominant role of multinational corporations (MNCs) in the employment market of highly skilled individuals in the countries of the CEE.
In doing so, I employ a mixed-methods research design, combining inductive case study research with deductive quantitative cross-national analyses at macro- and micro-level. I argue that these two research approaches are complementary in analysing complex and relatively understudied relationships, such as those tackled in my work.
At the EUI I will continue working on related ramifications of this research. One such project will seek to understand the effects of the MNCs’ prominent role as employers on income inequality and the electoral implications that derive herein. I am interested in both the processes that lead to these outcomes as well as in their size.
I have taught undergraduate tutorials in comparative political economy and theories of political economy at Oxford.
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