Kristin Makszin

Kristin Makszin
Download CV Research Fellow (MTA TK PTI)
Research Interests

comparative politival economy; policy changes; party systems

Selected Publications

“When does Policy Diffusion Affect Policy Instability? Cases of Excessive Policy Volatility in Welfare Policies in Eastern Europe.” (with Achim Kemmerling) In After Accession: Policy Failure, Volatility and Governance Innovation in Central and Eastern Europe. Forthcoming. Edward Elgar Publisher.


“Forms of Welfare Capitalism and Education-based Participatory Inequality.” (with Carsten Q. Schneider) Socio-Economic Review. 2014: 2, 437-462.  


“Explaining continuity and change in postcommunist Central European welfare states.” In Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe. 2010: 1, 89-102.


“Education and Participatory Inequalities in Real Existing Democracies: Probing the Effect of Labor Markets on the Qualities of Democracies” (with Carsten Q. Schneider) In Open Forum CES Working Paper Series. Harvard: The Minda de Gunzbur Center for European Studies, 2010. 

Research Projects
  • a manuscript entitled Technocrats and the politics of liberalizing welfare on Europe’s periphery, which investigates the central role of a handful of elite in constructing momentum to pass (largely unpopular) policies of retrenchment using the theory of “reformmongering” (Hirschman 1963)
  • the partisan politics of obfuscation, which argues that left and right governments use passive forms of austerity under different conditions (based on a QCA analysis of Central and Eastern European governments);
  • the intersection between access to housing finance and fertilty rates comparing Southern and East Central European countries (with Dorothee Bohle); and
  • “When does Policy Transfer Affect Policy Instability? The Example of Eastern European Pensions and Parental Leave Policies” (with Achim Kemmerling), book chapter forthcoming in 2016.