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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, published online 25 June 2013, DOI: 10.1177/0010414013488556, 1-27 (2013) (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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