Thomas Rixen

I am Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at Freie Universität Berlin. My research interests and teaching are in globalization and governance, institutionalism, taxation, financial regulation and social policy.

Taxation as Regulatory Governance

New Special Issue of Regulation & Governance edited with Brigitte Unger.

10 May 2021

Is Neoliberalism still Spreading?

New Article with Lukas Hakelberg on the effect of international cooperation on capital taxes published in the Review of International Political Economy.

28 April 2020

Indirect Governance in Global Financial Regulation

New Chapter with the above title and together with Lora Viola in The Governor's Dilemma edited by Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal and Bernhard Zangl.

3 April 2020

New Room to Maneuver

New Article with Leo Ahrens, Fabio Bothner and Lukas Hakelberg on the effect of financial transparency on domestic tax policy published in the Socio-Economic Review.

20 March 2020

COFFERS Final Conference in Brussels

The COFFERS final dissemination conference takes place in Brussels on 24/25 October 2019. The program is here.

30 September 2019

New Job: Freie Universität Berlin

As of 1 October 2019 I will take up my new position as Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy at Freie Universität Berlin. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at FU. A big thanks to everyone at Uni Bamberg for the last seven years. I had a great time and learned a lot!

12 September 2019

In Defence of Fiscal Autonomy

New article with Peter Dietsch, published in the Journal of Political Philosophy.

18 May 2019

Spiegel Online on Global Tax Policy

I gave some input to a piece in SPIEGEL Online on latest developments in international tax policy. The German article can be viewed here.

18 April 2019

The Grand Coalition’s Fiscal Policy, 2013-2017

New article "Administering the Surplus – The Grand Coalition’s Fiscal Policy, 2013-2017" published in German Politics.

16 July 2018

COFFERS Tax Course: Register now

Registration is now open for a short course in tax at Copenhagen Business School from 12-14 September 2018. This training course is targeted at post-graduate students, private sector professionals, policymakers, regulators and activists. It is part of our COFFERS project. All info can be accessed here or here.

11 May 2018

Demokratieprobleme des Steuerstaates im 21. Jahrhundert

Sebastian Huhnholz, Daniel Mertens and I have edited a special issue of the German Polical Science Quarterly with the above title. Our introduction is here and my contribution on "Globaliserung und fiskalische Demokratie" is here and here (public access without download).

13 March 2018

Die wandlungsfähige Dauerkrise

The journal WSI-Mitteilungen has published my small opinion piece with the above title. It can be read here.

4 December 2017

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

For the academic year 2017/18, I am a visiting fellow at IBEI. Students at the University of Bamberg find information on teaching and supervision of theses during this period here.

4 September 2017

Policy Paper: Was ist uns der Wohlfahrtsstaat wert?

Our study for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is out now. Together with Frank Bandau and Malte Lübker. Find it here.

21 July 2017

CfA: Research Associate in COFFERS

We are hiring a PhD or post-doc for our COFFERS work package.

Job Posting.

12 June 2017

New Publication: Das Ende der Steueroasen?

Together with Lukas Hakelberg I published a piece in "Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte". It can be read here.

5 June 2017

New Project: Institutional Choice in Global Financial Regulation

The German Science Foundation (DFG) has decided to fund our new project. Brief outline of the project.

25 April 2017

New Project: Combatting Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators (COFFERS)

Our consortium has been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant. Our work package at the University of Bamberg is "Tax Competition in Reverse?". COFFERS will run from November 2016 to October 2019.

More info here and here.

2 October 2016

Alexander George Award

Our article Putting Path Dependence in its Place: Toward a Taxonomy of Institutional Change, Journal of Theoretical Politics, vol. 27 (2015), no. 3, pp. 301-323 (with Lora Viola) has been awarded the Alexander George best article award by APSA’s section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research.

2 September 2016