Prof. Dr. Kathleen Thelen

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Former Visiting Researcher of the Research Unit

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Kathleen Thelen is Ford Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Her work focuses on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in the rich democracies. An appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the WZB since 2008, she was a visiting researcher at the research unit Global Governance from mid-May to early July 2013.

Selected Publications

Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (co-edited with James Mahoney). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies (co-edited with Wolfgang Streeck). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

"Institutionalizing Dualism: Complementarities and Change in France and Germany," (co-authored with Bruno Palier), Politics & Society 38: 1 (March 2010), 119-148.

"Economic Regulation and Social Solidarity: Conceptual and Analytic Innovations in the Study of Advanced Capitalism," Socio-Economic Review (October 2009), 1-21.

"Beyond Comparative Statics: Historical Institutional Approaches to Stability and Change in the Political Economy of Labor," Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis (2010).

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