Professor Swank's teaching and research focus on the developed democracies. His specializations include comparative and international political economy, comparative public policy, and European politics. He has published in these areas in journals such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Political Studies, and World Politics. Professor Swank is former President of the American Political Science Association's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. He has served on the editorial boards of American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy and other journals. His current research focuses on the politics of income inequality and redistribution in contemporary postindustrial democracies and on the rise of the radical populist right in Europe.
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1984
- POSC 2401 Comparative Politics | Syllabus
- POSC 4411 Politics, Economics, and Democracy | Syllabus
- POSC 4931 Inequality | Syllabus
- POSC 6411 Comp. Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Societies | Syllabus
- POSC 6501 European Politics | Syllabus
- The Political Construction of Business Interests: Coordination, Growth, and Equality. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. (With Cathie Jo Martin). Winner of the 2013 J. David Greenstone Prize of the American Political Science Association.
Global Capital, Political Institutions, and Policy Change in Developed Welfare States. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Selected Recent Articles and Book Chapters
“Politics and the Diffusion of Tax Policy,” in Lukas Hakelberg and Laura Seelkopf, eds., The Politics of Taxation. New York: Edward Elgar, 2020.
“Globalization," in The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, 2nd Ed., Daniel Béland et. al. eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
- “The Partisan Politics of New Social Risks in Advanced Postindustrial Democracies: Social Protection for Labor Market Outsiders,” in The European Social Model in Times of Crisis , edited by Romana Careja, Patrick Emmenegger, and Nathalie Giger, New York: Springer 2019.
- "The New Political Economy of Taxation in the Developing World," Review of International Political Economy Vol. 23 (No. 2, 2016): 185-207. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2016.1155472.
- "Taxing choices: international competition, domestic institutions and the transformation of corporate tax policy," Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 23, No 1, 2016, published online July 1, 2015, pp. 1-33 | DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1053511.
- "The Political Sources of Labor Market Dualism in Postindustrial Democracies, 1980-2011." Review of Keynesian Economics Vol. 2, No. 2 (Summer 2014).
- "Party Government, Institutions, and Social Protection in the Age of Austerity," in Staatstätigkeiten, Parteien, und Demokratie (State Activity, Parties and Democracy, Festschrift Prof. Dr. Manfred G. Schmidt), edited by Prof. Dr. Klaus Armingeon. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2013. (available via Springer Link.)
- "Gonna Party Like It’s 1899: Party Systems and the Origins of Varieties of Coordination." World Politics 63 (January, no. 1, 2011): 74-114. With Cathie Jo Martin). Reprinted in Graham Wilson and Matthew Maguire, eds., Business and Government: Critical Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2013.
- "Activating Workers? The Political Economy of Active Social Policy in Developed Capitalist Democracies," in David Brady, ed., Comparing European Workers: Policies and Institutions (Research in the Sociology of Work: Volume 23), 2011.
- "Globalization," in The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Frank Castles et. al. eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- "The Political Origins of Coordinated Capitalism: Business Organization, Party Systems, and the State in the Age of Innocence." American Political Science Review (May 2008). (with Cathie Jo Martin)
- "Tax Policy in an Era of Internationalization: An Assessment of a Conditional Diffusion Model of the Spread of Neoliberalism." International Organization November 2006. A modified version of this paper also appeared in The Diffusion of Neoliberalism, eds., Beth Simmons, Frank Dobbin, and Geoff Garrett, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
- "Do Radical Right Populist Parties Matter," paper prepared for 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (with Hans-Georg Betz)
“Globalization, Institutions of Social Solidarity, and Radical Rightwing Populism in Western Europe,” paper prepared for presentation at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association. (available on Research Gate)
“Labor Power, Employer Organization, and Government Redistribution in Advanced Postindustrial Societies” revised version of paper prepared for presentation at the 2017 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association. (earlier versions on Research Gate)
- "The Political Foundations of Redistribution in the Post-Industrial Democracies," Luxembourg Income Study Working Paper Series No. 653, October 2015.
- "Succumbing to Peer Pressure: European Coordination of Labour Market Policies and Domestic Policy Change." Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, August 30 - September 2, New Orleans. (with Olaf van Vliet)