Dr. Julian Garritzmann

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Julian also is a Senior Researcher at the Chair of Swiss Politics and Comparative Political Economy at the University of Zurich, Prof. Silja Häusermann


Julian L. Garritzmann (* 1986), born in Köln (Cologne). Attended the Geschwister-Scholl Gymnasium in Pulheim and the Riverside High School in Greenville, South Carolina. Afterwards, he studied Political Science, Philosophy, and German literature and language at the University of Cologne. In 2011 he received the degree of a Magister Artium (grade: "with distinction"). Topic of the thesis: "Parliamentary Oppositions - comparing opportunity structures". During his studies he worked as a student assistant at the Chair of Comparative Politics of Prof. Dr. André Kaiser in two research projects: the DFG-funded project "The Dynamics of Interparty Competition" and a group preparing the project "Time Horizons in Democratic Politics". In 2008 research internship at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne. From August 2011 to July 2014 Doctoral Researcher at the Chair of Political Science with a special focus on Policy Analysis and Political Theory at the University of Konstanz, as part of a research team within the Emmy-Noether-Projekt "The Politics of Education and Training Reforms in Western Welfare States". Since January 2013, associate member of the Graduate School of Decision Sciences, University of Konstanz. During the fall term 2013, Julian was Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Hitherto, Julian is Associate Member of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard. Since September 2014, Julian is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Konstanz. In September 2014, Julian got awarded the JESP/ESPAnet Doctoral Researcher Prize. In January 2015, Julian defended his dissertation and completed his PhD with the best grade (summa cum laude). Since February 2016 Julian holds a Dual Affiliation as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Konstanz and as Senior Researcher at the University of Zurich.

Research Interests

My research interests lie most of all within the field of Comparative Politics and Comparative Political Economy. Here, I am especially interested in three elements and their interaction:

- education systems and policies: How and why do politico-economic actors shape education systems? Which goals do they pursue? Which actors are successful in influencing the education systems? What (re-)distributional consequences do different education systems and education policies have? In particular, I'm interested in higher education across the advanced economies.

- political parties and party competition, in particular party competition over educational and social policies: How can we measure party positions in this field? How do parties behave strategically to maximize policy, votes, and office? How do parties compete over welfare state policies? Which impact does party competition have on welfare states and education systems? 

- the interrelation of social policies and educational policies: Are education and social policies complements or substitutes? How are they interrelated? How do parties use education and social policies? 

- public opinion towards social investment and social compensation policies (What do voters want? Which social investment and which welfare policies are (un)popular and why? How do people's preferences towards social investment and social compensation play out together? What happens if people are confronted with policy trade-offs, where expanding one policy is only possible at the expense of another?) (see INVEduc Project)

In other research projects, I investigate for example 

- effects of globalization on welfare states (individual preferences, party positions, policy-making)

- the power of parliamentary oppositions and consequences of different power constellations

- the politics behind social investment reforms around the globe, particularly in democratic countries in Western and Eastern Europe, in Latin America, and in Asia (with Silja Häusermann and Bruno Palier) (see The World Politics of Social Investment Project)