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Damian Raess

Wertheim Fellow

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, the second of three male children, Damian Raess studied Political Science at the Universities of Lausanne and Amsterdam, where he received his Ph.D. in Social Sciences in 2006. He specializes on the comparative political economy of labor and globalization. Before joining the LWP, he taught comparative industrial relations at the K.U. Leuven and at the University of Amsterdam (2006-2007) and was a Visiting Scholar in the department of political science at MIT (2007-2008). His book project Hidden Political Economy of Globalization, an outgrowth of his PhD dissertation, examines the impact of economic globalization on works-council and union bargaining and bargaining centralization in Germany and Brazil. His new project entitled Labor in the Global Economy: Workers, Worker Representatives and Employers’ Responses to Economic Globalization, generously funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, explores how increased international trade and investment affect labor relations in developed and developing countries, and how labor market actors in different political economies respond to economic openness. He is a member of the editorial team of the Concepts & Methods Newsletter of IPSA, and Data Coordinator of the Paywizard project at the LWP. His articles have appeared in the Review of International Political Economy and the European Journal of Industrial Relations.





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