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Philip Rathgeb

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019

Residency Dates: September 3 – December 15, 2018


Philip Rathgeb

Philip Rathgeb is a postdoctoral fellow at the Zukunftskolleg and the department of politics and public administration at the University of Konstanz. He received his Ph.D. in political and social sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) in 2016. Rathgeb’s research interests are comparative political economy, with a particular focus on welfare states, industrial relations, and organized labor.

During his tenure at CES, Rathgeb will identify and explain how European right-wing populist parties influence social policy in European welfare states when they are in government. Using a qualitative methodology, the project will compare the social policy impacts of the Austrian Freedom Party, the Danish People’s Party, the Hungarian Fidesz, and the Swiss People’s Party. It was awarded a 3-year research grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Rathgeb’s doctoral research on the employment and social protection of precarious workers was awarded the Theodor Körner Prize for outstanding scientific achievements in the areas of Law, Social Science, and Economics. His doctoral research, Strong Governments, Precarious Workers: Labor Market Policy in the Era of Liberalization, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University


  • Philip Rathgeb. "When weak governments confront inclusive trade unions: The politics of protecting labour market outsiders in the age of dualization."European Journal of Industrial Relations, 2018, 24 (1), pp. 5-22.
  • Philip Rathgeb. "No flexicurity without trade unions: The Danish experience." Comparative European Politics, 2017, pp. 1-21.
  • Philip Rathgeb. “Relying on weak governments: Austrian trade unions and the politics of smoothed dualization.” Austrian Journal of Political Science, 2017, pp. 45-55.

Research Project

When populism meets government: The social policy impact of the radical right in Europe


Political Science