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Tom Chevalier

German John F. Kennedy Policy Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2017-2018

Residency Dates: September 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


Tom Chevalier

Tom Chevalier is a political scientist who is based at the Centre d’Etudes Européennes (CEE) and the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire d’Evaluation des Politiques Publiques (LIEPP) at Sciences Po, Paris, where he completed his PhD in 2015. His work analyses how European welfare states structure the transition to adulthood and allow young people access to autonomy. He has elaborated an original typology of the “varieties of youth welfare citizenship,” for which he was awarded the 2015 Doctoral Researcher Prize by the research network ESPAnet and the Journal of European Social Policy.

During his stay at CES, Tom will start a new research project on the origins of varieties of capitalism in general, and of varieties of youth welfare citizenship in particular. In the comparative political economy literature, the case of France is puzzling, as it does not fit into the established classifications found in the literature. By “bringing Rokkan back in,” that is to say by taking into account the different cleavages that took place at the turn of the 20th century (like the State/Church cleavage), Tom will try to solve this puzzle.

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


  • Temporary Lecturer, Panthéon-Assas University Paris II; Researcher, Centre d’Etudes Européennes (CEE) and Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire d’Evaluation des Politiques Publiques (LIEPP), Sciences Po


  • Tom Chevalier, “Social citizenship of young people in Europe. A comparative institutional analysis.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 2017 (forthcoming).
  • Tom Chevalier, “Citoyennetés socio-économiques des jeunes et stratégies de croissance: Suède, Allemagne, Royaume-Uni, France.” Revue française des affaires sociales, n°5, 2016, pp. 213-234.
  • Tom Chevalier, “Varieties of youth welfare citizenship. Towards a two-dimension typology.” Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 26 (1), 2016, pp. 3-19.
  • Tom Chevalier, L’Etat-providence et les jeunes. (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2012).

Research Project

Bringing Rokkan back in. Explaining the French political economy in comparative perspective


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative political economy
  • Welfare state
  • Education
  • Young people

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2015 Doctoral Researcher Prize by the Journal of European Social Policy and the European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet).
  • 2015 Best Comparative Policy Paper Award by the French Political Science Association (Association française de science politique) and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.
  • 2011 Prize for the best Political Science Master Thesis by the publisher l’Harmattan.