Professor of Political Science. Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1984.
Vice President, President-Elect of the American Political Science Association's
Organized Section in Comparative Politics.
Prof. Swank's teaching and research focus on the developed democracies. His specializations include comparative and international political economy, comparative public policy, and European politics. He has published in these areas in journals such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Political Studies, and World Politics. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of European Public Policy. His current research focuses on the international diffusion of policies and institutions, the transformation of labor market policies in Europe, the political economy of income redistribution, and the institutional determinants of successful adaptation to post industrialization in the developed democracies.
- The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth, and Equality. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. (With Cathie Jo Martin).
- Global Capital, Political Institutions, and Policy Change in Developed Welfare States. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Selected Recent Articles
- “Party Government, Institutions, and Social Protection in the Age of Austerity,” in Staatstätigkeiten, Parteien, und Demokratie (State Activity, Parties and Democracy, Festschrift Prof. Dr. Manfred G. Schmidt), edited by Prof. Dr. Klaus Armingeon. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2013. (available via Springer Link.)
- "Gonna Party Like It’s 1899: Party Systems and the Origins of Varieties of Coordination." World Politics 63 (January, no. 1, 2011): 74-114. With Cathie Jo Martin). Reprinted in Graham Wilson and Matthew Maguire, eds., Business and Government: Critical Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2013.
- Technical Appendix for "Gonna Party Like It’s 1899."
- "Activating Workers? The Political Economy of Active Social Policy in Developed Capitalist Democracies," in David Brady, ed., Comparing European Workers: Policies and Institutions (Research in the Sociology of Work: Volume 23), 2011.
- "Globalization," in The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Frank Castles et. al. eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- "The Political Origins of Coordinated Capitalism: Business Organization, Party Systems, and the State in the Age of Innocence." American Political Science Review (May 2008). (with Cathie Jo Martin)
- "Tax Policy in an Era of Internationalization: An Assessment of a Conditional Diffusion Model of the Spread of Neoliberalism." International Organization November 2006. A modified version of this paper also appeared in The Diffusion of Neoliberalism, eds., Beth Simmons, Frank Dobbin, and Geoff Garrett, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
"Taxing Choices: International Competition, Domestic Institutions, and the Transformation of Corporate Tax Policy.” Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, April 3-6, San Francisco, CA.
- "Succumbing to Peer Pressure: European Coordination of Labour Market Policies and Domestic Policy Change." Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, August 30 - September 2, New Orleans. (with Olaf van Vliet)
- "The Political Foundations of Redistribution and Equality in Postindustrial Capitalist Democracies." Paper presented at the Seventeen International Conference of Europeanists, April 15-18, 2010, Montreal and at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto. (With Cathie Jo Martin)
- "Institutional Change and the Persistence of Coordination: Explaining Patterns of Reform in Coordinated Market Economies." Paper presented at the 16th International Conference of the Council for European Studies, March 2008, Chicago. (with Kathleen Thelen and Cathie Jo Martin).
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