I am full professor for international relations and political economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.
I studied public policy and economics in Konstanz, Montréal, and Barcelona and graduated from ETH Zurich in 2007 with a PhD in Political Science and a dissertation on the political economy of currency crises in 2007. In 2008-09 I held a Fritz-Thyssen-Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and then joined the department of political science at the University of Heidelberg as Junior Professor for International and Comparative Political Economy. I have been working at the University of Zurich's institute for political science (IPZ) since 2013.
In my research, I concentrate on the fields of international and comparative political economy, with a particular focus on how distributional conflicts, policy preferences and institutions affect economic policy outcomes. Current projects examine the political economy of the global financial crisis and the euro crisis, disintegration referenda, and the effect of exposure to globalization on individuals’ policy and partisan preferences.
My work has been published by outlets such as Annual Review of Political Science, Cambridge University Press, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, and World Development.
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Interviews about Brexit and its implications for Switzerland in the Aargauer Zeitung, Radio Zürisee und SRF Rumantsch.
Last update: 29 June 2017
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich
+41 44 634 5832
walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch
I am on sabbatical during the spring term 2017.
Paper on how foreign policymakers can influence domestic voting behavior in foreign policy referendums accepted for publication in International Organization: Non-cooperation by popular vote: Expectations, foreign intervention, and the vote in the 2015 Greek bailout referendum (with Elias Dinas, Ignacio Jurado, and Nikitas Konstantinidis).
New article in Comparative Political Studies with Tobias Rommel on how offshoring affects voting behavior for established and populist parties: "The Electoral Consequences of Offshoring"
New article in the Annual Review of Political Science with Jeffry Frieden on what caused the euro crisis and how distributive conflicts both between and within countries make its resolution so difficult: "Understanding the Political Economy of the Eurozone Crisis."
New article in the Review of International Political Economy with Erica Owen on "Open Economy Politics and Brexit: Insights, Puzzles, and Ways Forward"
New paper on who globalization losers and winners are, how they feel, and what they want published in PSRM: "Globalization and the Demand-Side of Politics: How Globalization Shapes Labor Market Risk Perceptions and Policy Preferences"