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I am a political scientist working on business-politics relations, welfare states, industrial relations, and corporate taxation.

My current research focuses on three topics: (a) the transnational regulation of corporate tax avoidance; (b) the abolition of inheritance taxes in some countries (with Michael B. Klitgaard); and (c) state support for collective bargaining (with Dennie Oude Nijhuis and Max Kiecker).

My earlier work investigated the role of employer interests in welfare state politics and in industrial relations and focused, in particular, on Germany and Austria.

I work primarily with qualitative data and methods, notably comparative case studies and methods of comparative-historical analysis.


At Roskilde University, I teach in the MA International Politics and Governance, and in the BA International Bachelor in the Social Sciences.

Areas I teach include, inter alia, comparative public policy analysis, comparative political economy, business-politics relations, historical sociology, economic sociology, and European Union politics.


Management and Cooperation

I co-chair the research network Business in Politics and Society at the Council for European Studies (together with Daniel Kinderman and Dennie Oude Nijhuis). Moreover, I am a member of the boards of the Natonal Network for Welfare Studies (VELNET) and of the Danish Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Political science, PhD, Choosing lesser evils : the role of business in the development of the German welfare state from the 1880s to the 1990s, European University Institute

Sept 2004Jun 2009

Award Date: 12 Jun 2009

European Integration Studies, Diploma, Europeanization of Labour Market Policies, Institute for Advanced Studies

1 Sept 200231 Aug 2004

Award Date: 30 Sept 2004

External positions

external lecturer (temporary), Universität Bielefeld

1 Oct 201928 Feb 2020

Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow, Syddansk Universitet

1 Oct 201630 Sept 2018

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

1 Oct 200930 Sept 2014


  • Welfare state, Welfare society
  • History, Society
  • Labour market

Publication network

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