Patrick Emmenegger

Patrick Emmenegger

Patrick Emmenegger

Prof. Dr.

Professor of Public Policy and Comparative Political Economy

Büro 52-5042
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses

Public Policy

Social Science Methodology

Comparative and International Political Economy

Fields of research

The regulation of labour markets (in particular job security regulations, working time regulation and vocational training)

Finance, banks and tax policy (in particular tax competition, financial secrecy and the tax state)

The role of business interest groups and unions - the political role of companies

Further fields of research

Comparative welfare state research

The political economy of Switzerland

Social science methodology

Professional Career
  • Since August 2012 Full Professor of Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy at the University of St. Gallen
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark (2010-2012)
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Denmark (2008-2010)
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Political Science, University of Bern (2005-2008)
Teaching Activities

Office hours: Please send me an email to arrange a meeting. 

Supervision of BA and MA theses: some important guidelines


Current projects (selection):

  • The politics of containment and electoral system choice
  • Democratic consolidation in Switzerland, 1848-1918: Suffrage restrictions, redistricting, and direct democracy
  • The adoption of personal income taxation in Swiss cantons
  • GOVPET: Governance in vocational and professional education and training
  • State sovereignty, economic interdependence, and international tax competition
  • The politics of job security regulations in advanced industrialized democracies
  • The role of agency in historical institutionalism

Award title of "Young Elite Researcher", 2010, Danish Council for Independent Research, Danish Ministry of Science

President of the Swiss Political Science Association (2015-2018)

Additional Information

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