Prof. Dr. Kathleen Thelen


Former Visiting Researcher of the Research Unit


Kathleen Thelen is Ford Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Her work focuses on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in the rich democracies. An appointed member of the Board of Trustees of the WZB since 2008, she was a visiting researcher at the research unit Global Governance from mid-May to early July 2013.

Selected Publications

Explaining Institutional Change: Ambiguity, Agency, and Power (co-edited with James Mahoney). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Beyond Continuity: Institutional Change in Advanced Political Economies (co-edited with Wolfgang Streeck). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

"Institutionalizing Dualism: Complementarities and Change in France and Germany," (co-authored with Bruno Palier), Politics & Society 38: 1 (March 2010), 119-148.

"Economic Regulation and Social Solidarity: Conceptual and Analytic Innovations in the Study of Advanced Capitalism," Socio-Economic Review (October 2009), 1-21.

"Beyond Comparative Statics: Historical Institutional Approaches to Stability and Change in the Political Economy of Labor," Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis (2010).