J. Nicholas Ziegler is professor (research) of international and public affairs at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He is also professor emeritus in political science at University of California, Berkley. He specializes in the politics of the advanced industrial democracies, with an emphasis on the political economy of Western Europe. He is currently interested in the politics of institutional change in Germany, as well as financial regulation in comparative perspective. He received a B.A. in European history from Princeton and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and in the Political Science Department at Berkeley before joining the faculty at Brown University. Ziegler has published articles in World Politics, Daedalus, Politics and Society, and other journals. He has been a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Marshall Fund, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung in Cologne.