School of Social and Political Science

Dr Philip Rathgeb

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Lecturer in Social Policy

© Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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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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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, industrial 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)
  • Master of Research (European University Institute)
  • Mag. phil. in Political Science (Austrian equivalent of MA, University of Vienna)

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