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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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 Mark Copelovitch on how the Swiss franc shock affected the 2015 Polish elections.
Last update: 3 December 2018
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich
+41 44 634 5832
walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch
Big news: My research project “The mass politics of disintegration” (DISINTEGRATION) will be funded with an ERC consolidator grant! 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.
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 on the mass politics of international disintegration.
New working paper with Nils Redeker on the politics of Germany's non-adjustment in the euro crisis.
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."