Marius R. Busemeyer visiting Tallinn University


Tallinn Univeristy, School of Governance, Law and Society is visited by Marius R. Busemeyer, a Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Busemeyer is staying in Tallinn from 26 of September until 08 of October.

During his visit he is teaching a doctoral course from October 4-5, 2017 on "The Political Economy of Skills and Inequality in Western Welfare States" for Doctoral School of Behavioural, Social and Health Sciences at TU.

He also gives a public lecture at Tallinn University on 28th September at 4 pm.

Public opinion research has found that increasing the investment in education is generally very popular among citizens in Western Europe. However, this evidence from publicly available opinion surveys may be misleading, because these surveys do not force respondents to prioritize between different parts of the education system or between education and other social policies, nor do they provide information about citizens’ willingness to pay for additional investment in education. To address these deficiencies, we conducted an original, representative survey of public opinion on education and related policies in eight European countries.

Marius R. Busemeyer´s research focuses on comparative political economy and welfare state research, education and social policy, public spending, theories of institutional change and, more recently, public opinion on the welfare state. Busemeyer studied political science, economics, public administration and public law at University of Heidelberg and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Heidelberg.

He worked as a senior researcher with Wolfgang Streeck and Kathleen Thelen at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He held visiting professor- and fellowships at the Center for European Studies at Harvard, the WZB Berlin, the Nuffield College at Oxford, the Department for Economics at University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies (AMCIS). He received two major grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG)’s Emmy Noether program and the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant scheme.

His publications include the book Skills and Inequality (Cambridge University Press, Winner of the 2015 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research), an edited volume (with Christine Trampusch) on The Political Economy of Collective Skill Formation (Oxford University Press), a recently edited special issue of the Socio-Economic Review on The political economy of skills and inequality (with Torben Iversen) and a large number of journal articles in leadings outlets of the discipline, such as the British Journal of Political Science, the Socio-Economic Review, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of European Social Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy and the British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Busemeyer has been appointed member of the Young Academy of Europe.