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 Researchers at the MPI for the Study of Societies

Dr. Thomas Paster

Dr. Thomas Paster
Research Fellow
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Paulstr. 3 | 50676 Cologne | Germany
Phone: +49 221 2767-236
Fax: +49 221 2767-555

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Research Interests

comparative political economy; comparative welfare state research; industrial relations; business associations

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Why Did Austrian Business Oppose Welfare Cuts? How the Organization of Interests Shapes Business Attitudes Toward Social Partnership. Comparative Political Studies 47, 7, 966-992 (2014) (URL)  
Business and Welfare State Development: Why Did Employers Accept Social Reforms? World Politics 65, 3, 416-451 (2013) (URL)  
The Role of Business in the Development of the Welfare State and Labor Markets in Germany: Containing Social Reforms. London: Routledge, 2012 (more)  
Do German Employers Support Board-level Codetermination? The Paradox of Individual Support and Collective Opposition. Socio-Economic Review 10, 3, 471-495 (2012) (URL)  
German Employers and the Origins of Unemployment Insurance: Skills Interest or Strategic Accommodation? MPIfG Discussion Paper 11/05. Cologne: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, 2011 (PDF)  
Die Rolle der Arbeitgeber in der Sozialpolitik. In: Arbeitgeber- und Wirtschaftsverbände in Deutschland: Ein Handbuch. (Eds.) W. Schroeder, B. Wessels. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010, 342-362
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since 2011 Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
2009-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
2009 PhD, Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence; thesis on “Choosing Lesser Evils – The Role of Employers in the Development of the German Welfare State from the 1880s to the 1990s”
2004-2005 Master of Research, European University Institute, Florence
2002-2004 Postgraduate program in European Integration Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (Diplom; MA equivalent)
2002 Master's degree (Mag. phil.), Political Science, University of Vienna; thesis on pension reforms in Sweden
1999-2000 Erasmus exchange student, University of Gothenburg, Sweden


Awards and Honors (Selected)

2010: Erwin Wenzl Award for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis

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