• Comparative political economy
  • Comparative labour relations and welfare states
  • Institutional analysis
  • Research design and methodology




My research focuses on the politics of institutional change and economic adjustment in Europe, and on the causes and effects of different institutional arrangements in the areas of labour market and social policy. I am currently completing two large projects on participatory governance institutions and corporatist-type bargaining in the old and new EU member states, and I have recently embarked on an ESRC-funded project on labour market reforms and employment performance in East Central Europe:


  • 'Causes and Consequences of National Variation in Employment Protection Legislation in Central and Eastern Europe'. 1 April 2009 - 30 September 2011. ESRC First Grant (sole applicant), total value: £206,016.


  • 'Social Pacts in Europe: Emergence, Evolution and Institutionalisation', Sabina Avdagic, Martin Rhodes and Jelle Visser, eds. Oxford University Press, 2010, forthcoming. This book stems from the project 'Distributive Politics, Learning and Reform: The Emergence and Evolution of National Social Pacts', funded under under the EU Sixth Framework Programme and part of the Integrated Project on 'New Modes of Governance.' Principal investigator with Martin Rhodes (University of Denver) and Jelle Visser (University of Amsterdam).

  • 'Power Perceptions and Institutional Development: Social Concertation in East Central Europe' (book project; revise & resubmit at Cambridge University Press, New York)