J. Nicholas Ziegler

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Research Interests: 
Comparative Political Economy
Financial Regulation
Ph.D., Harvard University
Personal Statement: 


Nick Ziegler specializes in the politics of the advanced industrial democracies, with an emphasis on the political economy of Western Europe.  His current work focuses on the politics of institutional change in Germany, as well as financial regulation in comparative perspective.  Ziegler received a B.A. in European Cultural History from Princeton and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.  He taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management before joining the Political Science Department at Berkeley.   Ziegler has published articles in World Politics, Politics and Society, and other journals.  Prior to beginning graduate work, Ziegler was research editor at Daedalus, (Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences).  He has been a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the German Marshall Fund, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforchung in Cologne.

Ziegler’s current research focuses on two main projects.  His current book project analyzes the politics of institutional change in Germany and Europe.  The book highlights the problem of maintaining institutions that provide long-term social infrastructure over multiple generations, while also adapting them to changing circumstances.  Key examples include the politics of pension reform, corporate governance, and citizenship rules.  Increasingly, the regulation of financial markets also looks like an institutional task with inter-temporal preconditions and consequences.  His second main project therefore compares the regulation of financial markets in the United States as well as Europe.   Findings to date show that new interest formations are taking shape around differing conceptions of financial stability and risk.  This project includes papers on the passage of the Dodd-Frank reforms in the United States, the post-enactment politics of implementing new regulations in the United States, the changing dimensions of competition in the derivatives business, and the comparative politics of structural reform or bank separation in the United States, the UK, France, Germany, and Switzerland.


J. Nicholas Ziegler and John T. Woolley, “After Dodd-Frank: Ideas and the Post-Enactment Politics of Financial Reform in the United States,” Politics & Society, 44:2 (2016): 249-280, available at <http://pas.sagepub.com/content/44/2/249.full.pdf+html>.    

Peter J. Ryan and J. Nicholas Ziegler, “Patchwork Pacesetter: The United States in the Multi-Level Process of Financial Market Regulation,” in R. Mayntz, ed., Negotiated Reform:  The Multilevel Governance of Financial Regulation (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, forthcoming 2015). 

John T. Woolley and J. Nicholas Ziegler, “The Two-Tiered Politics of Financial Regulation in the United States,” R. Mayntz, ed., Crisis and Control: Institutional Change in Financial Market Regulation (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2012).

J. Nicholas Ziegler, “The Politics of Comparative Corporate Governance,” European Studies Forum, Vol. 37, no. 1 (2007).

J. Nicholas Ziegler, "Corporate Governance and the Politics of Property Rights in Germany," Politics and Society, 28:2 (June 2000):  195-221.

Governing Ideas:  Strategies for Innovation in France and Germany (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, July 1997; German translation, Campus Verlag, 1999).