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Institute of Political Science


Chair for Policy-Analysis

Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold

Welcome at Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO)

In August 2011, the Institute of Political Science (IPW) at the University of Bern installed the Professorship of Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance (PEGO). This Chair was founded as a result of a fruitful collaboration between the IPW and the EAWAG (the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology). Since the beginning, Karin Ingold took the lead in this new research group. She is a political scientist and focuses her research and lectures on the analysis of policy processes, and instrument design. Karin Ingold has a particular interest in issues relating to natural resource management, water, energy and climate policy. PEGO is also affiliated to the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change research.


Research focus

Policy Analysis, Policy Process Theory, Instrument Design, Environmental Policy, Application of Social Network Analysis

Research topics


Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold

Group leader Eawag
Manuel Fischer

Philip Leifeld
Nadja Kunz
Alexander Widmer

PhD Candidate
Laurence Brandenberger
Alexandra Gavilano
Laura Herzog

Florence Metz
Isabelle Schläpfer

Alexandra Gavilano
Anik Glaus

Recent Awards

Philip Leifeld has won the Award for the Best Paper of an Early Career Scholar at the 1st European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) in Barcelona for his work on "National Parliamentary Coordination after Lisbon: A Network Approach" (joint work with Thomas Malang).


Master thesis (topics)

The following topics for Master thesis at this chair are still available: 

  • Co-authorship Networks in Swiss Political Science: what are drivers and underlying structures when producing joint publications?
  • Uri, Baselland and Bern are the only cantons with a so-called „Water strategy“: are they the driver for the development of a national water strategy?
  • Cantonal water protection policy: how to manage collaboration among conflicting actors and sectors?
  • Trade offs in policy making taking the example of hydropower vs. river bed revitalization. A comparison between the Netherlands and Switzerland.
  • (Environmental) legislative networks in Swiss politics: a formal social network analysis based on co-membership in committees and co-sponsoring of legislation.
  • (Environmental) lobbying agendas in Switzerland over time: a two-mode network analysis on actors and issues based on participation in the consultation procedure.
  • Cantonal collaboration in the water (or environment) domain: a social network analysis based on inter-cantonal concordats.
  • Europeanization of water policy-making in Switzerland: does it exist? And if yes, what are the mechanisms?
  • Who publishes with whom? A co-authorship network analysis in Swiss and Germand political science research

Master thesis can be written in German, French or English. Master thesis can also be written about other topics not listed here, but they should still be in the field of policy analysis and/or environmental research.

Bachelor thesis (topics)

The following topics for Bachelor thesis at this chair are still available: 

  • Polity in der Wasserpolitik: Water Agencies im Vergleich zu ministerialen Wasserabteilungen
  • Die Rolle des Parlaments im Politikprozess am Beispiel Gewässerschutz
  • Der Einfluss von Politiknetzwerken auf Policy Outcomes. Eine Literaturstudie
  • Ko-Autoren Netzwerke in der Politologie: wer publiziert mit wem?
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New Publications

Ingold, K., Varone, F. (2015). Is the Swiss Constitution really constitutional? Testing the "veil of ignorance" hypothesis over time. In: Imbeau, L; Jacob, S: Behind a Veil of Ignorance? Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design. Springer.


Ingold, K., Christopoulos, D. (2015). The Networks of Political Entrepreneurs: A Case Study of Swiss Climate Policy. In: Narbutaité Aflaki, I., Petridou, E., Miles, L. (eds) Entrepreneurship in the Polis - Understanding Political Entrepreneurship. Ashgate.


Fischer, M., Ingold, K., Sciarini, P., Varone, F. 'Dealing with bad guys: actor- and process-level determinants of the “devil shift” in policy making'. Journal of Public Policy.


Christopoulos, D., Ingold, K. ‘Exceptional or just well connected? Political entrepreneurs and brokers in policy making’ The European Political Science Review, first view.


Karin Ingold and Philip Leifeld (2014). Structural and Institutional Determinants of Influence Reputation: A Comparison of Collaborative and Adversarial Policy Networks in Decision Making and Implementation. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.


K. Ingold, M. Gschwend. Science in Policy Making: neutral experts or strategic policymakers? West European Politics.


A. Henry, K. Ingold, D. Nohrstedt, Ch. Weible. Special Issue: Policy Change in Comparative Contexts: Applying the Advocacy Coalition Framework Outside of Western Europe and North America. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.


Karin Ingold and Manuel Fischer (2013): "Drivers of collaboration to mitigate climate change: An illustration of Swiss climate policy over 15 years"