Research projects

The Politicization of E-Government: A Comparative Analysis across Policy Domains and Countries (2020-2024)

This project analyzes the politicization of electronic government (e-government) across policy domains and countries. I pose the question how the use of digital information and communication technologies (ICTs) in government is politicized? In other words, I examine how data storage and exchange for governmental services becomes subject to political conflicts, which are the involved actors, how are political coalitions polarized, how are issues framed, and which are proposed policy changes? Furthermore, I investigate whether and why there are differences between countries and policy domains. This research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). (More information)

Development of Personalized Health in Switzerland: Social Sciences Perpectives (2019-2022)

This project engages with Personalized Health in Switzerland from an interdisciplinary perspective deeply grounded in the social sciences (i.e. Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of biomedicine, Health Economics, Political Sciences, Health Law, Practical Ethics and Sociology of Public Engagement with Science). The scope and ambitions of Swiss biomedical institutions currently working towards the realization of Personalized Health requires in fact recognizing the potentially profound impact of this endeavour on social categories of biomedicine, on regulatory standards, and on the economic functioning of healthcare. Our general goal is to scrutinize how the implementation of Personalized Health in Switzerland rests upon the alignment of both the techno-scientific and the socio-political components of this initiative. This research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). (More information)

When and why do governments integrate policy sectors? A comparative analysis of eleven countries and four policy areas (2016-2020)

Nowadays it is well known amongst political science researchers that governments have delegated authority upwards to the supranational level, downwards to subnational jurisdictions, and sideways to independent regulators and private actors. Whereas the instrumental goal of delegating power is to reduce bureaucracy while improving governance capacity in an increasing complex society and in a globalized economy, delegation also came along with coordination problems, due to the fragmentation of state power. In this project, we analyze the (re)integration of policy sectors in four issue areas, in thirteen countries over a period of 34 years. This research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). (More information)