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Director of Postdoctoral Program
Professor of International and Public Affairs (Research)
Areas of Interest: Comparative politics, political economy of Europe, comparative financial regulation, ideology and party politics in France and Germany.
Nick Ziegler specializes in the politics of the advanced industrial democracies, with an emphasis on the political economy of Western Europe. He is currently interested in the politics of institutional change in Germany, as well as financial regulation in comparative perspective. He received a B.A. in European History from Princeton and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. He taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and in the Political Science Department at Berkeley before joining the faculty at Brown University. Ziegler has published articles in World Politics, Daedalus, Politics and Society, and other journals. He has been a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Marshall Fund, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforchung in Cologne.
Ziegler’s research focuses on two main projects. His current book project examines the politics of institutional change in Germany and Europe. This project highlights the problem of maintaining institutions that provide long-term social infrastructure over multiple generations, while also adapting them to changing circumstances. Key examples include the politics of pension reform, corporate governance, and citizenship rules. Increasingly, the regulation of financial markets also looks like an institutional task with intertemporal preconditions and consequences.
Ziegler’s second project examines the regulation of financial markets in more depth. Based on research in the United States as well as Europe, findings to date show that new interest formations are taking shape around differing conceptions of financial stability and risk. The projects includes papers on the enactment of the Dodd-Frank reforms in the United States, post-enactment politics of consolidating financial reform in the United States, the changing dimensions of competition in the derivatives business; and the comparative politics of structural reform or bank separation in the United States, the UK, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
Peter J. Ryan and J. Nicholas Ziegler, “Patchwork Pacesetter: The United States in the Multi-Level Process of Financial Market Regulation,” in R. Mayntz, ed., Negotiated Reform: The Multilevel Governance of Financial Regulation (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2015).
John T. Woolley and J. Nicholas Ziegler, “The Two-Tiered Politics of Financial Regulation in the United States,” R. Mayntz, ed., Crisis and Control: Institutional Change in Financial Market Regulation (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2012).
“The Politics of Comparative Corporate Governance,” European Studies Forum, Vol. 37, no. 1 (2007).
“Corporate Governance and the Politics of Property Rights in Germany,” Politics and Society, 28:2 (June 2000): 195-221.
Governing Ideas: Strategies for Innovation in France and Germany (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, July 1997).
Comparative Politics of Financial Regulation (seminar, undergraduate)
Introduction to Comparative Political Economy (seminar, graduate)
Politics of European Integration (lecture, undergraduate)
Democratic and Non-Democratic Ideologies (seminar, undergraduate)
Interests and Institutions in Comparative Perspective (seminar, graduate)