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David Soskice, Research Professor, Political Science

David Soskice
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Office Location:  309 Perkins Lib
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M.A.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)1968
EconomicsNuffield College, Oxford1967
Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsTrinity College, Oxford1964
B.A.Trinity International University, College of Arts and Sciences1964

Comparative Politics
Political Economy
Research Interests: Western Europe, Political Economy, and Labor Markets

David Soskice is Research Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He is on long-term leave of absence from the Wissenschaftszentrum für Socialforschung Berlin (WZB) where he was Director of the Research Institute for Economic Change and Employment since 1990. He currently also holds a part-time position as Adjunct Research Professor at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Trinity and Nuffield Colleges at Oxford, and from 1968 to 1990 he was Official Fellow in Economics at University College, Oxford, where he is now Emeritus. He has been visiting professor at the Dept of Economics, Berkeley (1973/4, 1977, 1979, 1983), the Dept of Political Science, Duke University, the Industrial and Labour Relations School, Cornell University, at the Johns Hopkins Graduate Center for Advanced International Studies at Bologna, and in Dept of Social Sciences at Trento. He was seconded to the Prime Minister's Policy Unit in 10 Downing St (May 1998 to Feb 1999) to develop long-term policies on education and training. He wrote Unionism, Economic Stabilization and Incomes Policies: Euopean Experience (Brookings, 1983) with Robert Flanagan and Lloyd Ulman, and Macroeconomics and the Wage Bargain (Oxford Univ. Press, 1990) with Wendy Carlin. Recent publications include "Can High Technology Industries Prosper in Germany? Institutional Frameworks and the Evolution of the German Software and Biotechnology Industries", Industry and Innovation, June 1999 with Steven Casper and Mark Lehrer, "The Non-neutrality of Monetary Policy with Large Wage and Price Setters", Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 2000 and "An Asset Theory of Social Policy Preferences" American Political Science Review, December 2001, both with Torben Iversen. His major research area is comparative systems of advanced capitalism, and he and Peter Hall have just published an edited volume, Varieties of Capitalism (Oxford Univ Press, 2001) in which much of this work is summarised. More broadly his work is on the application of macroeconomics and game theory to comparative political economy.


International • U.S. • Europe • Political Science • Economics

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. with Abrams, S; Iversen, T; Soskice, D, Informal social networks and Rational Voting, British Journal of Political Science, vol. 41 no. 2 (January, 2011), pp. 229-257, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0007-1234 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  2. with Torben Iversen,, Real Exchange Rates and Competitiveness: The Political Economic Foundations of Comparative Advantage, American Political Science Review (August, 2010)
  3. with Cusack, T; Iversen, T; Soskice, D, Coevolution of capitalism and political representation: The choice of electoral systems, American Political Science Review, vol. 104 no. 2 (May, 2010), pp. 393-403, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0003-0554 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  4. D. Soskice, American Exceptionalism and Comparative Political Economy, in The Great Unraveling: New Labor Market Institutions and Public Policy Responses, edited by Clair Brown, Barry Eichengreen and Michael Reich (2010), pp. 51-93, Cambridge University Press
  5. with Torben Iversen,, With Torben Iversen, “Distribution and Redistribution: the Shadow of the Nineteenth Century., World Politics (July, 2009)
  6. with Cusack, TR; Iversen, T; Soskice, D, Economic interests and the origins of electoral systems, American Political Science Review, vol. 101 no. 3 (August, 2007), pp. 373-391, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0003-0554 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  7. Iversen, T; Soskice, D, Electoral institutions and the politics of coalitions: Why some democracies redistribute more than others, American Political Science Review, vol. 100 no. 2 (January, 2006), pp. 165-181, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0003-0554 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  8. Wendy Carlin and David Soskice, Macroeconomics: Imperfections, Institutions and Policies (2006), pp. 788 + xxiv, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  9. Wendy Carlin and David Soskice, The 3-Equation New Keynesian Model - A Graphical Exposition, Contributions to Macroeconomics, vol. 5 no. 1 (November, 2005) (Article 13.)
  10. Soskice, D, Varieties of capitalism and cross-national gender differences, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, vol. 12 no. 2 (Summer, 2005), pp. 170-179, Oxford University Press (OUP), ISSN 1072-4745 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  11. Varieties of Capitalism: the Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage, edited by Peter Hall and David Soskice (2001), Oxford University Press
  12. Margarita Estevez, Torben Iversen, David Soskice, Social Protection and the Formation of Skills: A Reinterpretation of the Welfare State, in Varieties of Capitalism: the Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage, edited by Peter Hall and David Soskice (2001), OUP
  13. Iversen, T; Soskice, D, An asset theory of social policy preferences, American Political Science Review, vol. 95 no. 4 (January, 2001), pp. 875-893, ISSN 0003-0554 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  14. Soskice, D; Iversen, T, The nonneutrality of monetary policy with large price or wage setters, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 115 no. 1 (January, 2000), pp. 265-284, Oxford University Press (OUP), ISSN 0033-5533 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  15. D. Soskice, Divergent Production Regimes: Coordinated and Uncoordinated Market Economies in the 1980s and 1990s, in Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism, edited by Herbert Kitschelt, Peter Lange, Gary Marks and John D. Stephens (1999), Cambridge University Press
  16. D. Soskice, The German Training System: Reconciling Markets and Institutions, in International Comparisons of Private Sector Training, edited by Lisa Lynch (1994), University of Chicago Press, NBER Conference Volume
  17. Soskice, D, Wage determination: The changing role of institutions in advanced industrialized countries, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, vol. 6 no. 4 (December, 1990), pp. 36-61, Oxford University Press (OUP) (reprinted in Tim Jenkinson, ed., Readings in Macroeconomics (Oxford University Press, 1996)..) [doi]
  18. Finegold, D; Soskice, D, Britain's Failure to Train: Explanations and Possible Strategies, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, vol. 4 no. 3 (November, 1988) (reprinted as "Britain's Failure to Train: Analysis and Presciption", in David Gleeson, ed., Training and its Alternatives, (Open University Press, Buckingham, 1990). reprinted in Tim Jenkinson, ed., Readings in Microeconomics (Oxford University Press, 1996)..)
  19. Robert Flanagan, David Soskice and Lloyd Ulman, Unionism, Economic Stabilisation and Incomes Policies: European Experience (1983), pp. 705 + xviii, Brookings Institution, Washington (translated into Spanish as Sindacalismo, estabilacion economica y poiticade rentas: la experiencia europea, (MTSS, 1985)..)