Philipp Rehm

Philipp Rehm


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Research Interests: Comparative Politics, political economy, and parties and political behavior

Philipp Rehm (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University; previously, he was professor at Ohio State University and held the Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford University.

In particular, he is interested in the causes and consequences of income dynamics (such as income loss, income volatility, and risk exposure). At the micro-level, his research explores how income dynamics shape individual preferences for redistribution, social policies, and parties.

At the macro-level, his work analyzes the impact of labor market and income dynamics on polarization, electoral majorities, and coalitions underpinning social policy.

Professor Rehm's research interests are located at the intersection of Political Economy and Political Behavior. At the micro-level, his research explores how income dynamics (income volatility or risk, income mobility) shape individual preferences for redistribution, social policies and parties. At the macro-level, he is interested in the impact of labor market and income dynamics on polarization, electoral majorities and coalitions underpinning social policy in rich democracies.


2022. "Big Data and the Welfare State. How the Information Revolution Threatens Social Solidarity" (with Torben Iversen). Cambridge University Press. [Blog entry].

2016. "Risk Inequality and Welfare States. Social Policy Preferences, Development, and Dynamics." Cambridge University Press.


2022. "Polarity Reversal: The Socio-Economic Reconfiguration of Partisan Support in Knowledge Societies" (with Herbert Kitschelt). Politics & Society. Volume X(X), pp. XXX-XX.

2022. "Information and Financialization: Credit Markets as a New Source of Inequality" (with Torben Iversen). Comparative Political Studies.

2022. "Long-Term Income Trajectories and the Evolution of Political Attitudes" (with Agnar F. Helgason). European Journal of Political Research.

2020. "Reducing Risk as Well as Inequality: Assessing the Welfare State’s Insurance Effects" (with Jacob S. Hacker). British Journal of Political Science. Volume 52(1), pp. 456–66.

2020. "The Future of Welfare State Politics.Political Science Research and Methods. Volume 8(2), pp. 386-90.

2019. "Secular Partisan Realignment in the United States: The Socioeconomic Reconfiguration of White Partisan Support since the New Deal Era" (with Herbert Kitschelt). Politics & Society. Volume 47(3), pp. 425-79. [Featured in Thomas B. Edsall’s New York Times column, 08/28/2019].

2016. "Who Gives, Who Gains? Redistribution and Preference Formation" (with Pablo Beramendi). Comparative Political Studies. Volume 49(4), pp. 529-63.

2014. "Income Risk in 30 Countries" (with Austin Nichols). Review of Income and Wealth. Volume 60(S1), pp. S98-S116.

2014. "The Economic Security Index: A New Measure for Research and Policy Analysis" (with Jacob S. Hacker, Gregory Huber, Austin Nichols, Mark Schlesinger, Rob Valletta, and Stuart Craig). Review of Income and Wealth. Volume 60(1), pp. S5-S32.

2014. "Occupations as a Site of Political Preference Formation" (with Herbert Kitschelt). Comparative Political Studies. Volume 47(2), pp. 1670-1706.

2014. "The end of the consensus? Labour market developments and the politics of retrenchment" (with Anne Wren). Socio-Economic Review. Volume 12(2), pp. 409-35.

2013. "The Insecure American: Economic Experiences, Financial Worries, and Policy Attitudes" (with Jacob S. Hacker and Mark Schlesinger). Perspectives on Politics. Volume 11(1), pp. 23-49.

2012. "Insecure Alliances: Risk, Inequality, and Support for the Welfare State" (with Jacob S. Hacker and Mark Schlesinger). American Political Science Review. Volume 106(2), pp. 386-406.

2011. "Social Policy by Popular Demand.World Politics. Volume 63(2), pp. 271-299.

2011. "Risk Inequality and the Polarized American Electorate.British Journal of Political Science. Volume 41(2), pp. 363-387.

2010. "United We Stand: Constituency Homogeneity and Comparative Party Polarization" (with Tim Reilly). Electoral Studies. Volume 29(1), pp. 40-53.

2009. "Risks and Redistribution. An Individual-Level Analysis." Comparative Political Studies. Volume 42(7), pp. 855-881.

2006. "Risks at Work: The Demand and Supply Sides of Government Redistribution" (with Thomas Cusack and Torben Iversen). Oxford Review of Economic Policy. Volume 22(3), pp. 365-89. (Corrected version of Figure 5).


2022. "The Data Revolution and the Transformation of Social Protection" (with Torben Iversen). In Digitalization and the Welfare State. Edited by Marius R. Busemeyer, Achim Kemmerling, Paul Marx, and Kees Van Kersbergen. Oxford University Press.

2020. "Political Participation" (with Herbert Kitschelt). In Comparative Politics, 5th edition. Edited by Daniele Caramani. Oxford University Press, pp. 318-35.

2018. "Determinants of Dimension Dominance" (with Herbert Kitschelt). In Welfare Democracies and Party Politics. Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare Capitalism. Edited by Philip Manow, Bruno Palier, and Hanna Schwander. Oxford University Press, pp. 61-88.

2015. "Party Alignments. Change and Continuity" (with Herbert Kitschelt). In The Politics of Advanced Capitalism. Edited by Pablo Beramendi, Silja Häusermann, Herbert Kitschelt, and Hanspeter Kriesi. Cambridge University Press, pp. 179-201. Online Appendix.

2013. "Service Expansion, International Exposure, and Political Preferences" (with Anne Wren). In The Political Economy of the Service Transition. Edited by Anne Wren. Oxford University Press, pp. 248-81.

2008. "Economic Shocks, Inequality and Popular Support for Redistribution" (with Thomas Cusack and Torben Iversen). In Democracy, Inequality, and Representation. Edited by Pablo Beramendi and Christopher J. Anderson. Russell Sage Foundation, pp. 203-31.

2008. "Ballot Boxing. Partisan Politics and Labor Market Risks." In Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment Insecurity. Edited by Katherine Newman. Columbia University Press, pp. 108-127.

2007. "Who Supports the Welfare State? Determinants of Preferences Concerning Redistribution." In Social Justice, Legitimacy and the Welfare State. Edited by Steffen Mau and Benjamin Veghte. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp. 47-72.

2006. "New Social Risk and Political Preferences" (with Herbert Kitschelt). In The Politics of Post-Industrial Welfare States: Adapting Post-War Social Policies to New Social Risks. Edited by Klaus Armingeon and Giuliano Bonoli. Routledge, pp. 52-82.