Dr. Philip Rathgeb

Post-Doctoral Researcher


During the winter term 2018/19 Dr. Philip Rathgeb is a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Center For European Studies.


Philip Rathgeb (*1987) studied Political Science at the University of Vienna with an academic minor in Socio-Economics at the Vienna University of Business and Economics. During his graduate studies, he was a student research assistant of Prof. Emmerich Tálos (retired in 2009) and the Austrian National Election Study (2010) under Prof. Wolfgang C. Müller at the Department of Government, University of Vienna. In addition, he attended a two-semester course on European integration at the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE). For his diploma thesis, he received the Innovation Award of the Chamber of Labour of Lower Austria. From April to June 2011, he did a research internship at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, University of Stirling, with financial support from the Leonardo Da Vinci programme. He was a policy advisor at IOS Management Vienna from November 2010 to June 2012. He was awarded a Master of Research in 2013 and a PhD in 2016 by the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI) under the supervision of Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi und Prof. Pepper Culpepper. His doctoral research was awarded with the Theodor-Körner-Prize. Since October 2016, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Policy Analysis and Political Theory, University of Konstanz.

Research interests

Comparative political economy, Welfare States, Industrial Relations, European Integration.

Current research

My current work focuses on the policy impact of right-wing populist government participation in European welfare states. Other themes of special interest are labour market reform, organised labour, and the European sovereign debt crisis.