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Biography

I joined the Department of European & International Studies at King's College in September 2018 after teaching Political Economy at Goldsmiths College (University of London). I hold a PhD in Political Science from the Max Planck Institute of the Study of Societies in Cologne where I submitted my thesis 'Common Ground: Justifications of Neoliberal Tax Cuts in the US and Germany'. My undergraduate degree and a diploma in Political Science were awarded by the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Research

  • Ideas in Fiscal Governance
  • Taxation, Industrial Policy and Financialisation
  • Fiscal-Monetary Relations
  • The State, Legitimation and Taxation
  • The German Model in the European Political Economy
  • Comparative Historical Approaches in State Finance

My research is interested in the grand shifts of fiscal governance in the 1970s and 2010s. I currently work on a project based on my PhD thesis which investigates the evolution of different income tax regimes in the US, Germany, and the UK. Tax regimes are shaped by a specific (local) combination of growth and justice arguments prevalent in each country. These ideational compounds of economic development and justice are embedded in the larger context of electoral institutions which influence who speaks to whom in our democracies. While the German polity favours communication between parties and businesses, communication in the US American and the British polity is often more directly targeted at voters. These variations in communication make a difference once a bill is brought to the floor and thereby shape fiscal outcomes.

I have also worked on the question how institutions and power relations among state actors contribute to shifts in macro-economic management. I am particularly interested in the role of fiscal-monetary relations. For instance, the institutional power of the Bundesbank has shaped fiscal outcomes in the German economy since the 1970s and similar institutional power-relations should also matter in other polities. This is where I focus my new research interest.

Teaching

Inga teaches German Politics with an emphasis on Political Economy problems of the German Model in Europe. In the 2020/2021 academic year she will be teaching the following modules: