Reto Bürgisser

Reto Bürgisser
University of Zurich | UZH · Department of Political Science

PhD

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Introduction
I am Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich. Prior, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern. I hold a Ph.D. from the European University Institute. My main research interests lie in the fields of political economy, comparative politics, and political behavior. I am particularly interested in the politics of welfare state and labor market reforms, fiscal and environmental policy preferences, technological change, and growth models.
Education
September 2015 - June 2019
European University Institute
Field of study
  • Political and Social Science

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Publications (16)
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Post-industrialization and occupational change considerably complicate partisan politics of the welfare state. This paper asks about the determinants of contemporary social democratic labor market policy. We argue that the composition of their support base is a critical constraint and empirically demonstrate that the actual size of different voter...
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Reducing economic inequality and combatting climate change are two strongly supported policy goals, but they will require significant public investments. In times of limited fiscal resources, governments struggle to raise additional revenues needed to finance both, making trade-offs between generally supported policy goals likely. But how do citize...
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Ever since the Great Recession, public debt has become politicized. Some research suggests that citizens are fiscally conservative, while other research shows that they punish governments for implementing fiscal consolidation. This begs the question of whether and how much citizens care about debt. We argue that debt is not a priority for citizens...
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Even though social investment is highly popular, welfare state recalibration remains an uphill battle. When resources are scarce in times of austerity, welfare recalibration involves multidimensional trade-offs. Existing research primarily studied preferences toward individual policies or trade-offs in specific policy fields, failing to capture cit...
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Despite being one of the world's major internationally traded services, tourism remains neglected within debates on European integration and growth models. We highlight the rise of tourism-led growth in Southern Europe. We argue that the process of European integration has been a double-edged sword, simultaneously incentivizing and forcing Southern...
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This chapter sheds light on the role of political parties as social investment protagonists, consenters, or antagonists in the reform of labor market and family policies in Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Drawing on original, hand-coded data of three decades of labor market and family policy reforms in Southern Europe, the findings show diverge...
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The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique opportunity to study how public opinion towards the redistributive role of the state reacts to a major economic shock. The pandemic and the measures taken to stop it exposed citizens to both increased fiscal constraint and heightened redistributive capacity: historical drops in GDP (and fiscal revenue) coincide...
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Social investment is highly popular, but the welfare state recalibration remains an uphill battle. In austere times, resources are scarce and welfare recalibration involves multidimensional trade-offs. Existing research primarily studied preferences towards individual policies or trade-offs in specific policy fields, failing to capture citizens’ ov...
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In the wake of the European sovereign debt crisis, governments across the continentadopted austerity. Existing research claims that fiscally conservative citizens supportsuch fiscal policies. However, this literature largely ignores that fiscal consolidationcarries substantial trade-offs. In hard times, governments have to cut spending or raisetaxe...
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The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique opportunity to study how public opinion towards the redistributive role of the state reacts to a major economic shock. The pandemic and the measures taken to stop it exposed citizens to both increased fiscal constraint and heightened redistributive capacity: historical drops in GDP (and fiscal revenue) coincide...
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This thesis argues that the politics of welfare state change do not follow the same dynamics as during the Golden Age. Post-industrialization, occupational change, and the emergence of new social risks have considerably complicated partisan politics of the welfare state. Social democratic parties do not anymore pursue a clear strategy of welfare st...

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