I am a professor for international relations and political economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.
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 Cambridge University Press, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and World Development.
I studied public policy and economics in Konstanz, Montréal, and Barcelona. I then did my PhD in Political Science at ETH Zurich, where I graduated with a dissertation on the political economy of currency crises in 2007. During my post-doc years, I held a Fritz-Thyssen-Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. In 2009, I joined the department of political science at the University of Heidelberg as Junior Professor for International and Comparative Political Economy. I have been full professor for international relations and political economy at the University of Zurich's institute for political science since 2013.
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Interviews about Brexit and its implications for Switzerland in the Aargauer Zeitung, Radio Zürisee und SRF Rumantsch.
Last update: 12 January 2017
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich
+41 44 634 5832
walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch
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"
Paper on high-stakes foreign policy referenda presented at PEIO conference: "Non-cooperation by popular vote: Expectations, foreign intervention, and the vote in the 2015 Greek bailout referendum"
New working paper on "Open Economy Politics and Brexit: Insights, Puzzles, and Ways Forward"
APSA presentation of our new paper on "Keeping the euro at any cost? Explaining preferences for eurozone membership in Greece."