Welcome! I am a comparative political scientist with a background in international and European politics and a keen interest in applied social science methodology. I work as a Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of Economics and Political Science (SEPS) [»] at the University of St Gallen [»], Switzerland.

In my research, I explore the chances and risks that emerge for democracy in a globalizing and digitalizing world. Current projects examine the perception and the quality of democracy beyond the nation-state, and the promotion of democracy through conditionality and private business.

Key research interests 

Democracy and democracy promotion * EU external
relations * Globalization and interdependence *
Transgovernmentalism * International socialization.