Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter


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 mass politics of disintegration, the political economy of the global financial crisis and the euro crisis, 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, European Union Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, and World Development.



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Recently in the media


Interviews in Die ZEIT, Schweizer Monat, Der Standard, Handelszeitung, LuzernerZeitung/St.Galler Tagblatt, UZH Magazin, 3sat, and Echo der Zeit about my research on globalization.


My research on the Eurozone crisis has been discussed by the FT Alphaville blog. Die Republik and die Sonntagszeitung discussed my research with John Ahlquist and Mark Copelovitch on how the Swiss franc shock affected the 2015 Polish elections.


Radio interviews about the EU and the backlash against globalization on SRF1,  SRF2 Kultur, SRF4 News,  and monocle radio.


TV appearances in "SRF Arena" on globalization and "SRF Club" on the EU and world politics.


Interviews about Brexit and its implications for Switzerland in the Aargauer Zeitung, Radio Zürisee, CBC radio, SRF Tagesgespräch, SRF Rumantsch, and Radio 3FACH.


Last update: 2 October 2019


Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter

Institute for Political Science

University of Zurich

Affolternstr. 56

8050 Zurich



+41 44 634 5832

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Twitter: @stefwalter__



Revised version of my working paper on the mass politics of international disintegration is available.


Want to know what the EU-27 public thinks about Brexit? Here's my newest paper presenting data from a December 2018 survey among 10432 EU-27 Europeans.


My research project  “The mass politics of disintegration” (DISINTEGRATION), funded with an ERC consolidator grant, has started on 1 May 2019. DISINTEGRATION examines the consequences of the current popular backlash against international cooperation and specifically focuses on how the other member states of an international institution respond when one member state attempts to unilaterally change the terms of or terminate an existing international agreement on the basis of a strong popular mandate, such as a referendum.


New paper on how to analyze intergovernmental negotiations, especially complex one as those during the Eurozone crisis with Jeffry Frieden Analyzing Inter-State Negotiations in the Eurozone Crisis and Beyond  out in European Union Politics.


Now working paper (with Ignacio Hurado and Sandra Léon) on what the EU-27 public wants in the Brexit negotiations.


Paper on how foreign policymakers can influence domestic voting behavior in foreign policy referendums now out in International Organization: Noncooperation by popular vote: Expectations, foreign intervention, and the vote in the 2015 Greek bailout referendum (with Elias Dinas, Ignacio Jurado, and Nikitas Konstantinidis).


New working paper with Nils Redeker on the politics of Germany's non-adjustment in the euro crisis.



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