Master of Arts in Political Science
with Focus on Comparative Public Policy


Comparative Public Policy is the theory-guided, empirical analysis of policies. How can policies and processes of policy-making be analytically described and explained? In Bamberg we focus in particular on the analysis of financial, economic and social policies of developed democracies. We compare policies across nations, but also include international and European policy-making in the analysis. In other words, the focus is on comparative and international political economy.

Research and education profile

We teach central theories, concepts and methods of Public Policy and Political Economy to our students. Our goal is for you to be enabled to critically the various topics of interest and to support you in your effort to independently use your acquired knowledge in your own research projects.

In recent semesters, courses were offered inter alia on the following topics:

  • Seminar “Theories of Public Policy Analysis”: Actor-centered institutionalism, Veto players theory, Power Resource Theory and Historical Institutionalism.
  • Seminar “Policy areas”: Welfare state reform, Tax and Fiscal Policy, The Politics of Inequality.
  • Seminar “Political Economy”: Market and State.

For further information, especially for details on current courses, please visit Univis.

Our research focuses on the theory-guided and methodologically reflected analysis of current economic, financial and social policies in developed democracies. Besides this, we are concerned with the further development of theories particularly in the institutionalist tradition. In specific projects normative research questions we're also pursued.

Thomas Rixen (2014): Ambitious Goals, Deficient Output: Tax and Fiscal Policies of the Conservative-Liberal Government, 2009-13, German Politics 23(4), 304-321

Frank Bandau und Kathrin Dümig (2015): Verwaltung des deutschen „Beschäftigungswunders“. Die Arbeitsmarktpolitik Der schwarz-gelben Koalition 2009-2013, In R. Zohlnhöfer und T. Saalfeld (Hrsg.): Politik Im Schatten Der Krise: Eine Bilanz der Regierung Merkel 2009-2013, s. 373-396, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Frank Bandau (2013): Wer zahlt für die Krise? Die Politik der Schuldenbekämpfung in Island und Großbritannien, in: der moderne staat 6(2), S. 441-461.

Thomas Rixen (2013): Why Reregulation after the Crisis is feeble: Offshore Financial Centers, Shadow Banking and Jurisdictional Competition, Regulation & Governance 7(4), 435-459

Thomas Rixen (2013): Der Kampf gegen Steuerflucht und Steuerwettbewerb: Entwicklungslinien der internationalen Steuerpolitik, DIW Vierteljahreshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung (Sonderheft „Höhere „Reichensteuern“: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen“), Bd. 82, Ausg. 1, 61-75

Thomas Rixen und Peter Schwarz (2012): The Effectiveness of the EU Savings Tax Directive – Evidence from Four Countries, Journal of Common Market Studies 50 (1), 151-168

Thomas Rixen und Peter Dietsch: Tax Competition and Global Background Justice, Journal of Political Philosophy 22(2), 150-177

Thomas Rixen und Lora Viola (2015): Putting Path Dependence in its Place: Toward a Taxonomy of Institutional Change, Journal of Theoretical Politics 27(3), 301-323