Michael Pinggera

Michael Pinggera
University of Zurich | UZH · Institut für Politikwissenschaft

PhD in Political Science

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Introduction
I am a Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich and I am part of the ERC project WELFAREPRIORITIES in which we study political divides among voters and elites and potentials for solidaristic social policy reforms. In my work I focus on welfare politics, public opinion, and party competition.
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - December 2019
European University Institute
Position
  • PhD (Visiting) Student
September 2017 - present
University of Zurich
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
August 2015 - June 2017
University of Zurich
Field of study
  • Political Science
August 2012 - June 2015
University of Zurich
Field of study
  • Political Science

Publications

Publications (16)
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The reform capacity of welfare states to adapt to the needs of post-industrial labour markets has been a key question of the welfare literature for the last two decades. In a context of austerity, such adaptations (retrenchment or recalibration) are notoriously difficult because of extremely high levels of support for existing policies, particularl...
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This chapter traces the development of regional varieties of knowledge economies over the past two centuries from a global perspective. First, it shows massive educational expansion across all world regions, with a specific shift toward tertiary education and cognitive skills in the most advanced capitalist democracies. Second, focusing on the latt...
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Recent studies of welfare state attitudes in the knowledge economy find very high generalized support for generous welfare state policies, both among the working and the middle classes. Has class become irrelevant as a predictor of social policy preferences? Or do we simply misconceptualise today's class conflict over social policy? To what extent...
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Recent literature shows that radical right parties (RRPs) present moderate or blurry economic stances. However, this article argues that this blurriness is restricted to only one of the two main conflicts of contemporary welfare politics, namely on questions centring on welfare generosity. In contrast, when it comes to the goals and principles the...
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The reform capacity of welfare states to adapt to the needs of post-industrial labour markets has been one of the key questions of the welfare literature for the last two decades. In a context of austerity, recalibrating reforms are notoriously difficult because of the extremely high levels of support for existing policies, in particular old age pe...
Thesis
Recent economic and societal transformations have changed how much and what voters demand from the welfare state. Support for social policies has shown to be high but directed towards particular types of policies. This dissertation studies what these electoral demands imply for parties' strategies and stances. The main finding is that the new deman...
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Over the last decades we have witnessed a growing support coalition for the welfare state and at the same time an increase in conflict over its specific design. In this context of high but specific support for social policy, parties engage in issue competition. The question therefore arises as to how well parties’ social policy issue emphases match...
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Recent findings from the welfare state and public opinion literature have shown that support for social policy is massive. Over the last decades we have witnessed a growing support coalition and an increase in conflict over the specific design of the welfare state. In this context of high but specific support for social policy, parties engage in is...
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This paper presents the WELFAREPRIORITIES dataset 2020, which contains new and detailed data on citizens’ attitudes regarding social policies, the relative importance citizens attribute to different social policy fields (old age pensions, childcare services, higher education, active labor market policy, unemployment benefits, social assistance), th...
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The configuration of political party competition has been in upheaval in Europe for several decades now. Much has been written on how the competition between the New Left and the New Right has transformed voter coalition potentials on socio-cultural issues. By contrast, the reconfiguration of mass political competition over the welfare state has re...
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Recent studies of welfare state attitudes in the knowledge economy find very high generalized support for generous welfare state policies, both among the working and the middle classes. Has class become irrelevant as a predictor of social policy preferences? Or do we simply misconceptualize today's class conflict over social policy? To what extent...
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Dieser Beitrag skizziert aus vergleichender Perspektive die Grundzüge der Entwicklung des westlichen Wohlfahrtsstaates seit den 1980er Jahren. Er beleuchtet anhand verschiedener Indikatoren die Debatte um Stabilität oder Rückbau sozialpolitischer Leistungen und zeigt aktuelle Entwicklungen sozialstaatlicher Politik auf.
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Befunde einer Conjoint-­‐Befragung der Schweizer Stimmbevölkerung zu Reformvorschlägen in der Altersvorsorge. Befragungszeitraum April-­‐August 2016

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In times of austerity, the politics of the welfare state involve tough choices and even trade-offs: whose risks should benefit from social solidarity in a context of shrinking resources? Should the welfare state prioritize the needs of the elderly or those of the young? Those of people in the workforce or outside of the workforce? Of natives or of immigrants? How countries answer these key questions depends on the welfare state priorities of citizens, political elites and economic elites. However, we know still very little about these priorities and their determinants, and we know even less about the mechanisms that foster support for social solidarity – i.e. support for inclusive social security beyond self-interest. This project wants to make use of recent methodological advances to investigate precisely these priorities and mechanisms. The project will have two phases: the goal of the first phase is to identify the most salient distributive conflicts and welfare trade-offs in eight European countries. It includes an original data collection on social policy priorities among citizens, politicians, employers and trade unions (based on conjoint survey and interviews), as well as content analysis of the actual welfare politics in these countries. The second phase builds on the findings of the first phase, but its objective is to go beyond conflict, towards coalitions. It will again combine conjoint surveys and content analysis to identify the factors that foster support for social policies among those social groups who are unlikely to benefit directly from these policies. The project is supposed to break new theoretical and methodological ground in comparative welfare state research. It conceptualizes and studies both the trade-offs and the potentials for coalitions, which will determine the fate of the European welfare state in the 21st century.