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Dr Inga Rademacher

DAAD Fachlektor in Germany and Transnational Politics 

Telephone +44 (0)20 7848 7096
Address Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
Room 4.16, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway 
London WC2B 6LE


Inga Rademacher joined the Department of European & International Studies at King's College in September 2018 after teaching Political Economy at Goldsmiths College (University of London). Inga holds a PhD in Political Science from the Max Planck Institute of the Study of Societies in Cologne/University of Osnabrueck. She completed her undergraduate degree and a diploma in Political Science at the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • The German Model in the European Political Economy
  • Taxation, Industrial Policy and Financialisation
  • State Legitimation and Taxation
  • Comparative Historical Approaches to State Finance

Inga's research compares the historical shift in tax policy making from macro-economic management and industrial policy to profit-oriented and financialised approaches of growth strategies with low degrees of state intervention. She focuses on large industrial economies with an emphasis on Germany and the United States. She asks how the relations of markets, industry and democracy - which became ingrained in our tax systems during industrialisation - shift in times of tax competition and how this shift affects the legitimacy of state attempts to manage the economy.

For supervision, Inga welcomes students who are interested in the topics defined above and political economy more broadly. Students should be committed to research projects which are theoretically challenging, entail a critical element and which exercise rigorous empirical analyses preferred in the area of historical comparisons.

Selected publications

(2018) Universality, market justice, wasteful government: the legitimacy of tax cuts on higher incomes in the United States 1981-2001. SPERI Discussion Paper No. 44.

With Lea Elsässer, and Armin Schäfer (2015) Cracks in the foundation: Retrenchment in advanced welfare states. Economic Sociology 16(3), 4-16.

(2013) Tax competition in the eurozone: Capital mobility, agglomeration, and the small country disadvantage. Max Planck Discussion Paper 13/13.


Inga teaches German Politics with an emphasis on Political Economy problems of the German Model in Europe. In the 2018/2019 academic year she will be teaching the following modules:

  • 6AAOB314 Contemporary German Politics
  • 4AAGA113 An Introduction to German Politics
Expertise and public engagement
  • tax related events with NGOs and policy makers


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