Herbert Obinger

Herbert Obinger

  • Prof. Dr.
  • Professor of Comparative Public and Social Policy
  • Centre for Social Policy Research (ZeS)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • University of Bremen
  • hobinger@uni-bremen.de

Research Interests

  • Comparative welfare state research
  • Comparative political economy

Positions

2006 - present     

Professor of Comparative Public and Social Policy, Center for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen, Germany

2010     

Visiting Professor, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

2009 - 2010     

Visiting Professor, Department of Government, University of Vienna, Austria

2004 - 2005     

Visiting Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge (MA), USA

2002 - 2006     

Assistant Professor, Center for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen, Germany

2002     

Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies, Cologne, Germany

1997 - 2002     

Research Fellow, Center for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen, Germany

1997     

Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Heidelberg, Germany

1995 - 1996     

Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science, University of Bern, Switzerland


Education & Degrees

2004     

Habilitation, University of Bremen, Germany

1998     

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria

1990 - 1997     

Studies in Economics (M.A.), University of Vienna, Austria

1989 - 1994     

Studies of Political Science and Modern History (M.A.), University of Vienna, Austria


Scholarships, Awards and Honors

2011     

Award of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for the best article in German social-sciences journals in the year 2010, with Carina Schmitt

2008     

Award of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for the best article in German social-sciences journals in the year 2007, with Reimut Zohlnhöfer

2007     

Award of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for the best article in German social-sciences in the year 2005, with Francis G. Castles and Stephan Leibfried

2007     

Science Award 2007, Margaretha Lupac Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy, Austrian National Council, with E. Tálos

2005     

Best paper award, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, with R. Zohlnhöfer


List of the ten most relevant publications

1.     

Obinger, Herbert & Carina Schmitt (2011) Guns and Butter? Regime Competition and the Welfare State during the Cold War, in: World Politics 63:2, 246-270

2.     

Obinger, Herbert, Peter Starke, Julia Moser, Claudia Bogedan, Edith Gindulis & Stephan Leibfried (2010) Transformations of the Welfare State: Small Countries, Big Lessons, Oxford: Oxford University Press

3.     

Castles, Francis G., Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger & Chris Pierson, Eds. (2010) The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford: Oxford University Press

4.     

Obinger, Herbert & Emmerich Tálos (2010) Janus-faced Developments in a Prototypical Bismarckian Welfare State. Welfare Reforms in Austria Since the 1970s, in: Bruno Palier (Ed.), A Long Good Bye to Bismarck. The Politics of Welfare Reforms in Continental Europe, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 101-128

5.     

Obinger, Herbert (2009) Religion and the Consolidation of the Swiss Welfare State, 1848-1945, in: Kees van Kersbergen & Philip Manow (Eds.), Religion, Class Coalitions, and Welfare States, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 176-209

6.     

Starke, Peter, Herbert Obinger & Francis G. Castles (2008) Convergence Towards Where? In What Ways, If Any, Are Welfare States Becoming More Similar?, in: Journal of European Public Policy 15:7, 975-1000

7.     

Obinger, Herbert & Reimut Zohlnhöfer (2007) Abschied vom Interventionsstaat? Der Wandel staatlicher Subventionsausgaben in den OECD-Ländern seit 1980, in: Swiss Political Science Review 13:2, 203-236

8.     

Castles, Francis G. & Herbert Obinger (2007) Social Expenditure and the Politics of Redistribution, in: Journal of European Social Policy 17:3, 206-222

9.     

Obinger, Herbert, Stephan Leibfried & Francis G. Castles, Eds. (2005) Federalism and the Welfare State. New World and European Experiences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

10.     

Obinger, Herbert & Uwe Wagschal (2001) Families of Nations and Public Policy, in: West European Politics 24:1, 99-114


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