Call for Papers

ECPR General Conference, innsbruck 2020

Martino Maggetti and myself are searching papers for a panel entitled: Political Determinants of Policy Integration and Coordination Reforms, which will be heald at the 2020 ECPR General Conference in Innsbruck. If you are interested, please submit a title and abstract until February 18, 2020 through the ECPR website. More information can be found here.

Description of the panel: Policy integration and the coordination of administrative units are considered important to deal with pressing policy challenges, such as climate change and migration. During the last 20 years, researchers have focused on the integration of policy instruments and the coordination of public organizations from a problem-solving-oriented perspective. The panel invites contributions that explicitly analyze the politics behind policy integration and coordination reforms. Which are the political motivations behind cross-sectoral policy reforms? In what cases are such reforms driven by political (e.g., electoral) considerations, and are passed to achieve a symbolic impact? What are the relevant political variables that explain the politics of policy integration and administrative coordination reforms?


Papers in progress

Trein, Philipp, Joël Wagner. (2019). “Four Governance Challenges for Personalized Health: A Systematic Review.” (full text)

Fuino, Michel, Philipp Trein, Joël Wagner. (2019). “Does the Regulation of Doctors’ Admissions affect Health Expenditures? Evidence from Switzerland.” (full text)

Trein, Philipp, Martino Maggetti. (2019). “Reasserting the Nation State: How Regulatory Institutions shape the Re-centering of Public Policy and Administration.” (full text)

Trein, Philipp, Martino Maggetti, Iris Meyer (2019). “Necessary Conditions for Policy Integration and Administrative Coordination Reforms: An Exploratory Analysis.”

Trein, Philipp (2019). “Capitalist Institutions and the Politicization of Public Health Issues.” (full text)

Trein, Philipp, Chris Ansell (2019). “Countering Fragmentation, Taking Back the State, or Partisan Agenda-Setting? Explaining Policy Integration and Administrative Coordination Reforms.”

Trein, Philipp, Robbert Biesbroek, Thomas Bolognesi, Guillermo Cejudo, Robert Duffy, Thurid Hustedt (2019). “Policy Coordination and Integration: A Research Agenda.”

Research projects

The Politicization of E-Government: A Comparative Analysis across Policy Domains and Countries (2020-2024)

This project analyzes the politicization of electronic government (e-government) across policy domains and countries. I pose the question how the use of digital information and communication technologies (ICTs) in government is politicized? In other words, I examine how data storage and exchange for governmental services becomes subject to political conflicts, which are the involved actors, how are political coalitions polarized, how are issues framed, and which are proposed policy changes? Furthermore, I investigate whether and why there are differences between countries and policy domains. This research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). (More information)

Development of Personalized Health in Switzerland: Social Sciences Perpectives (2019-2022)

This project engages with Personalized Health in Switzerland from an interdisciplinary perspective deeply grounded in the social sciences (i.e. Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of biomedicine, Health Economics, Political Sciences, Health Law, Practical Ethics and Sociology of Public Engagement with Science). The scope and ambitions of Swiss biomedical institutions currently working towards the realization of Personalized Health requires in fact recognizing the potentially profound impact of this endeavour on social categories of biomedicine, on regulatory standards, and on the economic functioning of healthcare. Our general goal is to scrutinize how the implementation of Personalized Health in Switzerland rests upon the alignment of both the techno-scientific and the socio-political components of this initiative. This research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). (More information)

When and why do governments integrate policy sectors? A comparative analysis of eleven countries and four policy areas (2016-2020)

Nowadays it is well known amongst political science researchers that governments have delegated authority upwards to the supranational level, downwards to subnational jurisdictions, and sideways to independent regulators and private actors. Whereas the instrumental goal of delegating power is to reduce bureaucracy while improving governance capacity in an increasing complex society and in a globalized economy, delegation also came along with coordination problems, due to the fragmentation of state power. In this project, we analyze the (re)integration of policy sectors in four issue areas, in thirteen countries over a period of 34 years. This research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). (More information)