Short Portrait
since October 2015 PhD Candidate and Assistant at the Chair for Comparative and European Politics, University of Bern (Supervisor Prof. Klaus Armingeon)
Sept. – Dec. 2018
Visiting Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI), Fiesole (IT)
March – August 2016 Research assistant at the Center of Competence for Public Management, University of Bern
since 2015 Head of Program Migration, foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy
2014 – 2015 Junior Research Assistant at the Chair for Comparative and European Politics
2013 – 2015 MA Comparative and Swiss Politics, Institute of Political Science, University of Bern
2009 – 2013
BA Social Science (major) and Eastern European Studies (minor) at University of Bern, University of Fribourg and University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)


Inside the Migration State: The Quest for Democratic Legitimacy

Migration is an evident consequence of globalization and at the same time the main concern of European constituencies against a more globalized world. Liberal democracies in Western Europe face an increasing conflict between the economic necessity to remain open to migration and political demands for closure as a result of the politicization of migration. The research project tackles the dilemma for national governments striving for democratic legitimacy between competing policy imperatives of openness and closure. How do political elites reconcile responsiveness and responsibility in migration policy making? The project combines theoretical approaches of democratic representation, political economy and party politics. A large-N comparative analysis of West European countries is complemented with a Swiss Case Study on the (non-)implementation of the popular initiative 'against mass immigration'. The research bears important implications for migration policy making in times of globalization.