Associate Professor Mark Vail


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    324 Norman Mayer bldg.
    New Orleans, LA. 70118


   Office Hours: W 12:45-2:45

   Tel: (504) 862 - 8314









Research Interests


Mark Vail’s research focuses on the comparative political economy of advanced industrial societies, with a particular focus on social and economic policy in Western Europe. His first book, Recasting Welfare Capitalism: Economic Adjustment in Contemporary France and Germany (Temple University Press, 2010) analyzed two decades of social-policy reform in France and Germany and argued that profound changes in the two countries’ systems of welfare capitalism were driven by shifting relationships between the state and social groups and the legacies of inherited political dilemmas. He is currently completing a second book, entitled Liberalism’s Legacies: How Liberal Ideas Shape Illiberal States, which analyzes how national liberal traditions shape policy responses to periods of economic crisis in France, Germany, and Italy, countries in which standard Anglo-American neoliberal prescriptions lack legitimacy and political currency.

Mark has spent several years conducting field research in a number of European countries and recently spent a sabbatical year at Stanford University’s Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, supported by a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars from the American Council of Learned Societies. He enjoys travel, classical music, good restaurants, fiction, and learning new languages.


Comparative and International Political Economy (Graduate and Undergraduate Levels)

Comparative Political Economy

The Comparative Political Economy of the Welfare State

The Political Development of Post-war Western Europe

Freshman Honors Colloquium

Introduction to Comparative Politics

From Feudalism to Fascism: The Political and Economic Development of Western Europe

Qualitative Methods (Graduate Level)

Selected Publications and Recent Research

“Between One-Nation Toryism and Neoliberalism: The Dilemmas of British Conservatism and Britain’s Evolving Place in Europe.” Article in “Interpreting British European Policy,” Journal of Common Market Studies 53, no. 1 (January 2015) (special issue), pp. 106-122.

“Europe’s Middle Child: France’s Statist Liberalism and the Conflicted Politics of the Euro.” Chapter commissioned for Mark Blyth and Matthias Matthijs, eds., The Future of the Euro.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Varieties of Liberalism: Keynesian Responses to the Great Recession in France and Germany.” Governance 27, no. 1 (January 2014), pp. 63-85.

“Beyond Pluralism? Corporatism, Globalization, and the Dilemmas of Democratic Governance.” Co-authored with Robert Adcock. In Mark Bevir, ed., Modern Pluralism: Anglo-American Debates since 1880. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Poverty and Partisanship: Social and Economic Sources of Support for the Left in Contemporary Germany.” Co-authored with Benjamin T. Bowyer. Comparative European Politics 10, no. 4 (September 2012), pp. 505-524.

“The New Parochialism: Germany’s Inward Turn and the European Economic Crisis.” European Union Studies Association Review 24, no. 3 (Fall 2011), pp. 4-5.

“Market.” Entry in Mark Bevir, ed., The Encyclopedia of Political Theory, vol. II. London: Sage, 2010.

“Bending the Rules: Institutional Analysis, Political Change and Labor-Market Reform in Advanced Industrial Societies.” Comparative Politics 42, no. 1 (October 2009), pp. 21-39.


Curriculum Vitae


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