Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter

Professor for International Relations and Political Economy

Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich

Affolternstr. 56
8050 Zurich
Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 634 5832
Email: walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch




I am Professor for International Relations and Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich. After studying Public Policy and Economics in Konstanz, Montréal, and Barcelona, I pursued my doctoral studies in Political Science at ETH Zurich, where I received my PhD for a dissertation on the political economy of currency crises in 2007. Before joining the faculty at the University of Zurich, I worked as Fritz-Thyssen-Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and as Junior Professor for International and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Heidelberg.

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 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,  Economics & Politics, European Journal of Political Research, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Review of International Political Economy, and World Development.

You can find a short portrait about myself and my work here.

*** NEWS ***

The Special Issue on "The Political Economy of the Euro crisis" (co-edited with Mark Copelovitch and Jeffry Frieden) is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies.

My paper "Globalization and the Demand-Side of Politics. How globalization shapes labor market risk perceptions and policy preferences" is now availaible on FirstView at Political Science Research and Methods.

My paper "Crisis politics in Europe: Why austerity is easier to implement in some countries than in others" is now availaible on FirstView at Comparative Political Studies as part of the special issue on "The Political Economy of the Euro Crisis" edited by Mark Copleovitch, Jeff Frieden and myself.


Book review in Perspectives on Politics by Wyn Grant.

Now out in paperback!
 "Financial Crises and the Politics of Macroeconomic Adjustments" (2013, Cambridge University Press)  More information



I am now on Twitter: @stefwalter__

Here is the link to my website at the Institute for Political Science at UZH.

Here is the link to my Google Scholar Profile.

Last Update: 4 April 2016