School of Social and Political Science

Dr Philip Rathgeb

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Lecturer in Social Policy

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh . Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Konstanz. I hold a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute and held visiting positions at Harvard University, Lund University, and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

My research and teaching interests are in the areas of comparative political economy and comparative politics, with a particular focus on welfare states, labour relations, and party politics. My current research examines the impact of radical right parties on social and economic policies. It was awarded a research grant from the German Research Foundation (2019-2022). Within this project, I am writing a book provisionally called “How the Radical Right has Changed the Welfare State in Europe and the USA” under contract with Oxford University Press.

My work has received the Kurt W. Rothschild Award for economic journalism and research, the Theodor Körner Prize for outstanding early career researchers as well as the Science Award and Innovation Award by the Austrian Chamber of Labour.

I co-chair the Virtual ESPAnet Workshop (European Network for Social Policy Analysis). © Picture courtesy of Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.


PhD in Political and Social Sciences (European University Institute, 2016)

Master of Research (European University Institute, 2013)

Mag. phil. in Political Science (Austrian equivalent of MA, University of Vienna, 2011)

Peer-reviewed publications

Rathgeb, Philip/Gruber-Risak, Martin (forthcoming) Deserving Natives First: The Impact of the Radical Right on the Austrian Welfare State, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal

Rathgeb, Philip/Busemeyer, Marius (eds.) (2022) The Radical Right and Welfare Politics: Causes and Consequences. Edited Special Issue. West European Politics 45 (1).

Busemeyer, Marius/Rathgeb, Philip/Sahm, Alexander (2022) Authoritarian values and the welfare state: the social policy preferences of radical right votersWest European Politics 45 (1): 77-101.

Rathgeb, Philip/Busemeyer, Marius (2022) How to study the populist radical right and the welfare state? West European Politics 45 (1): 1-23.

 Rathgeb, Philip/Wolkenstein, Fabio (2021) When do social democratic parties unite over tough immigration policy? West European Politics, online first.

Rathgeb, Philip/Klitgaard, Michael Baggesen (2021) Protagonists or consenters: radical right parties and attacks on trade unionsJournal of European Public Policy, online first.

Rathgeb, Philip/Tassinari, Arianna (2020) How the Eurozone disempowers trade unions: the political economy of competitive internal devaluation. Socio-Economic Review, online first.

Rathgeb, Philip (2021) Makers against takers: the socio-economic ideology and policy of the Austrian Freedom Party. West European Politics 44 (3): 635-660.

Rathgeb, Philip (2019) No Flexicurity without trade unions: The Danish experienceComparative European Politics 17 (1): 1-21.

Rathgeb, Philip (2018) Strong Governments, Precarious Workers: Labor Market Policy in the Era of Liberalization. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Rathgeb, Philip (2018) When weak governments confront inclusive trade unions: The politics of protecting labour market outsiders in the age of dualization. European Journal of Industrial Relations 24 (1): 5-22.

Rathgeb, Philip (2017) Relying on weak governments: Austrian trade unions and the politics of smoothed dualisation. Austrian Journal of Political Science 45 (3): 45-55.

Research interests

Research interests

Welfare reform politics, Trade unions, Labour Market Policy, Institutions and institutional change, Radical right parties, Dynamics of capitalism

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