The Political Economy and Welfare Network

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Political economy and welfare are the key thematic areas of our network. Core topics include the study of institutions, politics and policies of industrial relations, skill formation systems, welfare regimes, social policy, and inequalities from a broad comparative perspective, combining historical with cross-national comparisons. 

This network seeks to be genuinely interdisciplinary in nature, sensitive to a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches and to bringing together both early career- and more established scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.


Network Announcements

Each year, the Network awards a “Best Paper Prize” to the best paper presented at the last CES conference. Since 2018, we collaborate with the Journal of European Public Policy, so that the awarded paper will be published in the JEPP.

Past winners include

2019: “The Threat of Social Decline: Income Inequality and Radical Right Support” by Sarah Engler and David Weisstanner. Link:

2018: “The Political Economy of High Skills: Higher Education in Knowledge-Based Labour Markets” by Niccolo Durazzi. Link:

2017: “The Declining Middle” by Thomas Kurer

2016: “Politics, Markets and Top Income Shares” by Evelyne Huber, Jingjing Huo, and John D. Stephens.

2015: “Taxing Stock Transfers in the first golden age of finance capitalism” by Elsa Massoc

2014: “Labour Market Disadvantage, Political Orientations and Voting: How Adverse Labour Market Experiences Translate into Electoral Behaviour” by Patrick Emmenegger, Marx, Paul and Dominik Schraff:

2013: “The Power of Talk and the Welfare State: Evidence from 23 Countries on an Asymmetric Opposition-Government Response Mechanism” by Carsten Jensen and Henrik Bech Seeberg