School of Social and Political Science

Niccolo Durazzi

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Lecturer in Political Economy of Social Policy and Programme Director Comparative Public Policy MSc


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Selected publications

Durazzi, N. (2020), Between rule-makers and rule-takers: Policy change as the interaction of design, compliance and feedback. Journal of European Public Policy.

Durazzi, N. (2020), The political economy of employability: Institutional change in British and German higher education. Stato e Mercato.

Durazzi, N. and Geyer, L. (2020), Apprenticeships: a public option. Social Europe.

Diessner, S., Durazzi, N. and Hope, D. (2020), Reshaping Skills, Industrial Relations and Social Protection for the Knowledge Economy: Evidence from Germany. EUI Working Papers MWP 2020/07.

Durazzi, N. (2020), Opening Universities’ Doors for Business? Marketization, the Search for Differentiation and Employability in England. Journal of Social Policy, [online first].

Benassi, C., Durazzi, N. and Fortwengel, J. (2020), Not All Firms Are Created Equal: SMEs and Vocational Training in the UK, Italy, and GermanyMPIfG Discussion Paper 20/4.

Durazzi, N. and Geyer, L. (2020), Social Inclusion in the Knowledge Economy: Unions’ Strategies and Institutional Change in the Austrian and German Training Systems. Socio-Economic Review, 18(1), pp. 103-124.

Durazzi, N. and Benassi, C. (2020), Going Up-skill: Exploring the Transformation of the German Skill Formation SystemGerman Politics, 20(3), pp. 319-338 [invited article for the special issue Imbalance: Germany’s Political Economy After the Social Democratic Century].

Durazzi, N. (2019), The Political Economy of High Skills: Higher Education in Knowledge-based Labour Markets. Journal of European Public Policy, 26(12), pp. 1799-1817 [winner of the 2018 best paper prize by the Council for European Studies’ Research Network on Political Economy and Welfare].

Durazzi, N., Fleckenstein, T. and Lee, S.C. (2018), Social Solidarity for All? Trade Union Strategies, Labour Market Dualisation and the Welfare State in Italy and South Korea. Politics & Society, 46(2), pp. 205-233.

Durazzi, N. (2017), Inclusive Unions in a Dualised Labour Market? The Challenge of Organising Labour Market Policy and Social Protection for Labour Market Outsiders. Social Policy & Administration, 51(2), pp. 265-285.

Research interests

Research interests

Welfare reform politics, Institutions and institutional change, Trade unions, Education policy, Skill formation

Topics interested in supervising

I am a political economist interested in comparative social and public policy. My research focuses in particular on the policies underpinning advanced capitalist countries' transition into a knowledge-based post-industrial societies, with a specific interest on education, skills and labour market policies. I would be interested in supervising PhD projects in social and public policy. I would particularly welcome enquiries about supervision on projects that focus on the politics and political economy of education and skills, labour market policy and social investment policies in comparative perspective.

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