I am an assistant professor in social studies at Roskilde University and am trying to understand the causes and the consequences of political choices on economic and social policy issues. I am interested in particular in the role of business interest groups in politics. I am currently researching corporate tax reforms and the transnational regulation of corporate tax avoidance through profit shifting (project video). In a second project I research why governments cut taxes on the wealthy, in particular inheritance taxes.
I wrote a book on how employers’ associations influenced major welfare state reforms in Germany (Routledge, 2012), and published articles in academic journals like World Politics, New Political Economy, Socio-Economic Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations and Comparative Political Studies.
My PhD thesis, for which I received an Erwin Wenzl Prize (2010), dealt with the impact of employers’ associations on the construction of welfare state programs in Germany. Through systematic historical comparison I was able to show how the role of employers in politics is not only an influencing, but also an adaptive one. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to do my PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, a place that turned out as formative for my professional development.
On this website you can find more information about my research projects, teaching, and publications. I hope you will find some of my work of relevance to your own interests. You can download my CV here (PDF, Februay 2020).