I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the of Cluster of Excellence „The Politics of Inequality“ at the University of Konstanz. Before coming to Konstanz, I studied at the University of Passau (BSc and BA), New York University (MA), and the University of Oxford (DPhil), and worked in Washington D.C., Berlin and Brussels.

My work looks at the politics of pension and financial systems. I’m particularly interested in the role of business actors (such as banks and insurers) in political processes. My main theoretical interests lie within institutional theory and discursive institutionalism. I probe into questions such as: How do actors use discourse to further their political goals? How do political ideas ‘travel’ across countries?

My research has been published in New Political Economy, Comparative Political Studies, Competition & Change, Review of International Political Economy, and Journal of European Public Policy

Beyond academia, I comment on current events pertaining to my research. My popular writing has appeared in outlets such as Le Monde Diplomatique, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt, Capital, and Die Zeit.

I can be contacted at nils.roeper [at] gmail.com