Kurze Übersicht über das Stromtrassenprojekt

Kleine Veröffentlichung für eilige Leserinnen und Leser: Für den cege-Report habe ich eine kurze Zusammenfassung über unser Stromtrassen-Projekt und die bisherigen Erkenntnisse geschrieben.


Neues Buch über EU-Simulationen

Wolfgang Muno, Petra Guasti und Arne Niemann haben einen interessanten Sammelband zu Theorie und Praxis von EU-Simulationen herausgebracht. Ich habe darin einen Beitrag zu den möglichen Ergebnissen von EU-Simulationen in Abhängigkeit von Kontextfaktoren wie Dauer und Teilnehmerzahl. Eine Vorschau auf die Daten und das Argument gibt es hier.

Article on varieties of capitalism and privatization

I have a new article out. In „Varieties of capitalism and privatization in a globalized world. How trade integration shapes the relation between type of capitalism and privatization“ I argue that the relation between varieties of capitalism and privatization is not unidirectional, but depends on the world market integration of economies.

Here is the abstract:

There is disagreement in the varieties of capitalism (VoC) literature about whether a large public sector is an institutional complementarity of coordinated market economies (CMEs), and hence, whether the type of capitalism makes a difference for privatization policies. This article introduces an interaction argument to reconcile both views: if a CME is relatively shielded from the world market, then a large public sector is an institutional complementarity, because it facilitates coordination. If a CME is integrated into world trade, a large public sector is a liability, because a cleavage between the export-oriented sector and the public sector over wage restraint emerges. A quantitative analysis of privatizations in the western OECD world corroborates the interaction argument: CMEs have privatized fewer sectors and sold smaller proportions of their shares in infrastructure companies than liberal market economies (LMEs). However, this only holds if CMEs are not highly integrated into world trade. If they are highly integrated into world trade, then the relation is reversed and CMEs privatize even more than LMEs.

And here are the replication data and the stata code (you need the outreg2 ado and the xtfevd ado).

Steuert die Bundesnetzagentur den Netzausbau?

Zusammen mit meinem ehemaligen Göttinger Studenten Felix Julian Koch habe ich in der aktuellen Ausgabe von der moderne staat einen Artikel veröffentlicht, der die Rolle der Bundesnetzagentur bei der Steuerung des Netzausbaus analysiert. Die Frage ist, ob die BNetzA durch ihre Entscheidungen über den Szenariorahmen steuernd eingreift und Konflikte zwischen den Bundesländern über den Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien löst. Dies tut sie aber nicht, sie übernimmt meist die Ausbauzahlen der Bundesländer. Das heißt, im Sinne der Prinzipal-Agenten-Logik ist sie eher gebundener Agent und weniger freier Treuhänder.

Regional Integration in the Global South

My esteemed colleague Sebastian Krapohl has just published a major book on regional integration. The major argument is that regional integration in the global „South“ follows a different logic than integration in the „North“, i.e. in the EU. I´m very happy that I could contribute to this book with a chapter on trade networks that corroborates this argument and shows the very different trade networks underlying, e.g. ASEAN, MERCOSUR and SADC.asean-2010-graphml


Another useful macro for word – counting changed words

I needed a quick and easy way to compare changes in policy documents and quantify the changes. However, I didn´t want to go into large-scale text analysis, because I also wanted to read the documents (or at least skim them and see what the changes are all about). The process was less „Give me the numbers!“ but more „I want to read the documents, have the changes highlighted, and oh, by the way, could you tell me how many words were changed?“ I used the compare documents function of word to show me the changes, and this little macro was extremely helpful in counting (or at least approximating) the number of changed words.

On my way to Prague

At the end of the week, I´m on my way to the ECPR general conference in Prague. In the panel Politics of Energy transformation, I will present some work that I do together with Eva Ruffing on public participation in German energy grid planning. And I have the great pleasure to be discussant in the Religious factor in Morality Politics panel. There are some exciting new developments in the field. I hope I can give some valuable (or at least not completely nonsensical) comments.