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 and Mark Copelovitch on how the Swiss franc shock affected the 2015 Polish elections.
Last update: 20 June 2019
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Walter
Institute for Political Science
University of Zurich
+41 44 634 5832
walter -at- ipz.uzh.ch
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.