Thomas Paster


 

Vita


 

 

Education

06/2009
European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy  
PhD in Political and Social Sciences  
Thesis Title: Choosing Lesser Evils: The Role of Business in the Development of the German Welfare State from the 1880s to the 1990s  
Abstract of the PhD Thesis  
 
Examination Committee:  
Prof. Colin Crouch (Warwick Business School), chair  
Prof. Sven Steinmo (EUI), main supervisor  
Prof. Martin Rhodes (Univ. of Denver), external co-supervisor  
Prof. Anke Hassel (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin), external member  

 

10/2005
European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy  
Master of Research  

 

08/2004
Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, Austria  
Department of Political Science  
Postgraduate Diploma in European Integration Studies  

 

12/2002
University of Vienna, Austria  
Mag. phil. (Austrian equivalent to M.A.) in Political Science.  

 

08/1999-07/2000
University of Gothenburg, Sweden  
Department of Political Science  
Erasmus/Socrates exchange student  

 


 

Awards and Grants

10/2014-06/2015
Research Fellowship at the Central European University's Institute for Advanced Study (CEU-IAS), Budapest.  

 

05/2014
Honorable Mention for the MPIfG Advisory Board's Best Article Award for the article "Business and Welfare State Development: Why Did Employers Accept Social Reforms?" (World Politics, 2013).  

 

11/2010
Erwin Wenzl Prize 2010 for an extraordinary PhD Thesis (awarded by the Erwin Wenzl Foundation, Linz, Austria), one of six laureates  

 

12/2009
PhD Thesis shortlisted for the annual Dissertation Award of the Austrian Political Science Association
 

09/2007-08/2008
European University Institute (EUI), PhD Thesis Finishing Grant  

 

09/2007
Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW), Mobility Grant to present a paper at the ECPR General Conference, Pisa.  

 

06/2005-12/2006
European University Institute: several travel grants to carry out field work in Austria and Germany  

 

09/2004-08/2007
Austrian Ministry of Science (BMWF), postgraduate scholarship to study at the EUI  

 

10/2002-08/2004
Institute for Adcanced Studies (IHS), Vienna. Graduate student scholarship  

 

07-09/2002
University of Vienna, Fellowship for conducting research abroad
09/1999-07/2000
Erasmus student exchange grant  

 


 

Professional Experience

09/2009-09/2014
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), Cologne  
Research Fellow  

 

05/2009-07/2009
Electronic indexing work for the EUI Library.  

 

01/2009-06/2009
Research assistance to Prof. Sven Steinmo (EUI) for a book project on evolutionary theory  

 

11/2007-12/2007
Research assistance to Prof. Cathie Jo Martin (Boston University) for a book project on employer politics  

 

09/2005-07/2009
Research software assistance for the EUI Computing Service (user support for bibliographic software)  

 

10/2005-06/2009
Active Member of the Social Policy Working Group at the European University Institute  

 

01/2006
Involvement in the selection of new students at the European University Institute (EUI)  

 

05/2004
Co-organizer of the Powi04 graduate conference of the Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW)  

 


 

Conference Presentations and Talks

08/2014
"Business Support for the Welfare State: What Does the Historical Evidence Show?" Paper presented at the 18th Annual Congress of the European Business History Association, University of Utrecht, 21-23 August.  

 

03/2014
"Do Business Interests Sustain the Welfare State?" Invited talk at the European Center for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, March 20.  

 

03/2014
"Business and the Welfare State: Bringing Power Back In" Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference, Frankfurt am Main, March 13-15.  

 

09/2013
"Business Interests and the Adoption of Unemployment Insurance in the Weimar Republic” Paper presented at the 11th ESPANet conference, Poznan, University of Economics, 5-7 September.  

 

06/2013
"Why Did Austrian Business Oppose Welfare Cuts? How Organizational Structures Shape the Attitudes of Economic Interest Groups towards Social Policy Retrenchment" Paper presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam, June 25-27.  

 

05/2013
"Economic Interests and Political Constraints: Employers and Social Policy." Presentation at the Postdoc Conference "The Future of Welfare State Studies" University of Umeå, 15-17 May.  

 

06/2012
"Business and Welfare State Development: Why Did Employers Accept Social Reforms?" Paper presented at the conference "Cross-disciplinary Perspectives at Welfare State Development," organized by the NordWel network, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 14-16 June.  

 

03/2012
"Why did German Employers Accept Social Reforms?" Paper presented at the 19th International Conference of Europeanists, Boston, March 22-24.  

 

12/2011
"Why did Austrian Business Oppose Welfare Cuts? The Austrian employer federation and welfare state retrenchment, 2000-2006" Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW), held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, 2 December.  

 

09/2011
"The Decreasing Returns of Social Compromise: The Role of Business in the Transformation of the German Welfare State." Paper presented at the 9th ESPANet conference, Valencia, Spain, 8-10 September.  

 

07/2011
"Will die Wirtschaft Sozialpolitik? Die Rolle der Arbeitgeber in der Entstehung des deutschen Sozialstaats" [Does Business want Social Policy? The Role of Employers in the Development of the German Welfare State] Invited Talk at the University of Bamberg, Graduate College "Markets and Social Systems in Europe" July 19.  

 

06/2011
"Do German Employers Support Board-level Codetermination?" Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), Madrid, June 23-25.  

 

06/2011
"The Politics of Cointainment: The Role of Employers in the Development of the German Welfare State" Paper presentation at the meeting of the Council of European Studies, Barcelona, June 20-22.  

 

05/2011
"Economic Interests or Political Constraints: Why Did German Employers Accept Social Reforms?" Paper presentation at the Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP), London, May 16-17.  

 

11/2010
"Protagonists or Opponents of Social Protection? Employers and Institutional Change in the German Political Economy"  
Presentation at the Workshop "Institutional Change" organized by the Equalsoc/Traleg group at the University of Mannheim/Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, November 25-27.  

 

09/2010
"Ziele und Strategien der Arbeitgeber in der Entwicklung des deutschen Sozialstaats" [Goals and Strategies of Employers in the Development of the German Welfare State] Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Political Economy section within the German Political Science Association (DVPW-Sektion Politische Ökonomie), September 10-11, ETH Zurich.  

 

09/2010
"Reformmotoren oder Bremser? – Arbeitgeberinteressen und Reformen der sozialen Sicherung" [Employer Interests and Welfare State Reform] Paper presentation at the conference of the Comparative Politics section of the German Political Science Association (Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft, DVPW), September 20-22, University of Duisburg.  

 

06/2010
"Die Sozialpolitik der Arbeitgeberverbände" Paper presented at the conference 'Associations and Social Policy', organised by the the German Political Science Association (DVPW), Working Group on Associations, University of Kassel.  

 

06/2010
"Does Business Want Social Policy?" Presentation at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, Research Seminar, June 2, 2010.  

 

05/2010
"The Politics of Containment" Invited Talk, Anglo-German 'State of the State' Programme, University of Bremen.  

 

04/2010
"Business and Coordinated Capitalism: Defenders or Challengers of the German Model?" Paper presented at the 17th Conference of the Council of European Studies (CES), Montreal.  

 

01/2010
"German Business and the Welfare State" Invited Talk, University of Salzburg, Department of Political Science, Austria.  

 

07/2009
"Employers and Social Compromise: Defenders or Challengers of the German Model?" Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Paris.  

 

03/2009
"German Employers and Collective Bargaining: Protagonists or Challengers?" Presentation at the workshop The Evolution of the Welfare State at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence.  

 

05/2008
"European Integration and Unemployment: What is the contribution of the EU to employment policy?" Guest Lecture delivered at the University of Florence in the framework of the lecture series Sociology of Europe.  

 

09/2007
"The Role of Business Interests in Welfare State Reform - an exploratory case study of the social policy strategies of the Austrian employer organisation" Paper presented at the 4th ECPR General Conference, Pisa.  

 

04/2007
"Capitalists and the Welfare State – The role of business interests in welfare state reform"  
Paper presented at the EUI workshop The Evolution of Contemporary Welfare States Florence.  

 

09/2006
"Does the Politics of Business Matter in Welfare State Reform?" Paper presented at the 1st ECPR Graduate Conference, University of Essex, Colchester, UK.  

 

05/2004
"Europeanization through Soft Governance? Theoretical perspectives on the problem-solving capacity of the Open Method of Coordination."  
Paper presented at the Powi04 Graduate Conference of the Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW), Vienna  

 


 

Teaching

04/2014-07/2014
Sozialer Wandel in Europa [Social Change in Europe], undergraduate-level seminar at the University of Cologne.  

 

10/2012-01/2013
Welfare States and Labor Markets in Comparative Perspective: Challenges, Policies, and Politics MA-level course in English at the University of Cologne.  

 

04-07/2012
Globalization, Europeanization and the Transformation of National Capitalisms, MA-level course in English taught at the University of Cologne.  

 

04-07/2011
"Das Politische System der BRD in Vergleichender Perspektive" [The Political System of Germany in Comparative Perspective] Under-graduate course in German taught at the University of Cologne.  

 

09/2008
EUI Teaching Skills Certificate, awared by the European University Institute (Florence), based on participation in a one-week workshop on university teaching and submission of a course outline.  

 

05/2008
European Integration and Unemployment Seminar session given within the framework of the course ’Sociology of Europe’ at the University of Florence, course organized by Prof. Laura Leonardi.  

 

2006-2007
Introduction to Electronic Reference Management Software, Course taught at the European University Institute, Florence, in cooperation with Michiel Tegelaars.  

 

05-07/2004
Guest lecturerer at a community college in Vienna (Volkshochschule Alsergrund), lectures on issues of European Integration.  

 


 

Methods Training

07/2006
Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies  
University of Oslo  
Course: Methodological Problems in Comparative Political Economy  

 

07/2005
Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection  
University of Essex, Colchester. Course: Theory of Regression  

 

07/2004
Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection  
University of Essex, Colchester. Courses: Introduction to Time Series Analysis and Introduction to Mathematics for Social Scientists  

 


 

Languages

German
Native (C2)
English
Fluent (C1, TOEFL CBT: 280 of 300 points)
Italian
Basic (A2)
Swedish
Basic (A2)
French
Basic (A1)
Hungarian
Basic (A1)


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