University of Duisburg-Essen

Institute for Socio-Economics

I am Professor of Political Science and Socio-Economics at University of Duisburg-Essen. In addition, I am affiliated to the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies as a part-time professor and to the IZA Institute of Labor Economics as a research fellow.


My research interests are related to social and political inequality, political behaviour, and comparative welfare state and labour market analysis. I currently work on the following research questions:


  • How do labour market experiences translate into political behaviour?

  • Under which conditions do poverty, unemployment, job insecurity and other socio-economic problems lead to political alienation, apathy, or radicalisation?

  • Which social and political conflicts are triggered by digitalization of employment?

  • Which are the political processes underlying growing income inequality?

  • What explains welfare state and labour market change in comparative perspective?

  • Which policies are suitable to address labour market segmentation?


In 2014, I finished a research project dealing with the growth of non-standard employment in European labour markets (read more).


In 2017, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Culture and Science awarded me a grant to establish a research group on "The influence of socio-economic problems on political integration" (read more).

Selected publications (click here for full list):


Marx, P. (forthcoming) 'Anti-Elite Politics and Emotional Reactions to Socio-Economic problems. Experimental Evidence on ‘Pocketbook Anger’ from France, Germany, and the United States', British Journal of Sociology.


Marx, P. (2019) 'Should We Study Political Behaviour as Rituals? Towards a General Micro Theory of Politics in Everyday Life', Rationality and Society.


Marx, P. & Nguyen, C. (2018) 'Anti-Elite Parties and Political Inequality: How Challenges to the Political Mainstream Reduce Income Gaps in Internal Efficacy', European Journal of Political Research.


Marx, P. & Starke, P. (2017) 'Dualization as Destiny? The Political Economy of the German Minimum Wage Reform', Politics & Society.


Emmenegger, P., Marx, P. & Schraff, D. (2017) 'Off to a Bad Start: Unemployment and Political Interest during Early Adulthood', Journal of Politics.


Marx, P. (2016) 'The Insider-Outsider Divide and Economic Voting. Testing a New Theory with German Electoral Data', Socio-Economic Review.


Eichhorst, W. & Marx, P. (eds.) (2015) Non-standard Employment in Post-industrial Labour Markets: An Occupational Perspective. Edward Elgar.


Emmenegger, P. , Kvist, J., Marx, P. & Petersen, K. (eds.) (2015) 25 Years of Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, Journal of European Social Policy.


Marx, P. (2014) 'Labour Market Risks and Political Preferences: The Case of Temporary Employment', European Journal of Political Research.


Davidsson, J.B. & Marx, P. (2013) 'Losing the Issue, Losing the Vote: Issue Competition and the Reform of Unemployment Insurance in Germany and Sweden', Political Studies.


Eichhorst, W. & Marx, P. (2011) 'Reforming German Labour Market Institutions: A Dual Path to Flexibility', Journal of European Social Policy.

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