Politics and International Relations


Daniel joined the School of Politics and International Relations in 2015 when he was awarded a Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Comparative Politics. Prior to his postgraduate studies at Kent, Daniel was research assistant and lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, working on projects related to transnational private governance, public-private partnerships, non-profit organisations, and the various impacts of culture on democracy.

Daniel obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Heidelberg and was also awarded Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Science in Economics. In 2013, he continued his studies at the University of Bergen (Norway), where he first came into contact with the field of comparative politics. Furthermore, Daniel worked as intern at the Centre of European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim and as political advisor with a focus on taxation, industrial policies and constitutional affairs at the European Parliament in Brussels. He is visiting doctoral student at the Department of Political Science at Lund University (Sweden) between January and July 2018.

Daniel's field of research includes comparative political economy, economic sociology as well as theories of Institutionalism. He has particular interest in political partisanship, the performative impact of economics on politics and the development of public finance and welfare states. Among the methods he uses are fuzzy-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis and automated text analysis. His PhD project focuses on the influence of economic advisors on agenda-setting and policy framing as well as the institutional integration of fiscal councils into the political system.

Professional associations: European Political Science Association (EPSA); European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR); Social Science History Association (SSHA); Society for Political Methodology; Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES); German Sociological Association (DGS); Post Keynesian Economics Study Group (PKSG).

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