Dr. Daniel Mertens

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Post-doc Researcher

Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
Department 03: Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute for Political Science

Campus Westend – PEG
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6, HPF 20
60629 Frankfurt

Room: PEG 3 G 177

Tel: +49 69 798 36503
E-Mail: mertens@soz.uni-frankfurt.de

From 1 April 2018 to 30 March 2019, Daniel Mertens holds an interim professorship in International Comparative Political Economy at the University of Osnabrück.



Daniel Mertens is a political scientist who specializes in comparative and international political economy, financialization and institutional theory. In 2014, he obtained his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne with a study of household debt in the German political economy. He is further interested in the politics of the tax state as well as in the intersections of politics and finance in Europe and beyond. Daniel Mertens is a member of the DFG-funded research network "The Politics of Money" and a researcher in the DFG-funded project "A BICs Variety of Capitalism?".


Selected Publications

(2018) Market-based but state-led: the role of public development banks in shaping market-based finance in the European Union (mit Matthias Thiemann). Competition and Change 22 (2), 184-204.

(2017) Building a hidden investment state? The European Investment Bank, national development banks and European economic governance (mit Matthias Thiemann). Journal of European Public Policy, online first.

(2017) Borrowing for social security? Credit, asset-based welfare and the decline of the German savings regime. Journal of European Social Policy 27 (5), 474-490.

(2017) “The ‘New Welfare State’ under Fiscal Strain: Austerity Gridlocks and the Privatization of Risk. In: Anton Hemerijck (ed.): The Uses of Social Investment. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

(2017) “Putting ‘Merchants of Debt’ in Their Place: The Political Economy of Retail Banking and Credit-based Financialisation in Germany“. New Political Economy 22 (1), 12-30.

(2015): “Erst sparen, dann kaufen? Privatverschuldung in Deutschland”. Frankfurt/New York: Campus.

(2013): “Public Finance and the Decline of State Capacity in Democratic Capitalism”. In: Armin Schäfer and Wolfgang Streeck (eds.): Politics in the Age of Austerity. Cambridge: Polity Press, 26-58 (w/ Wolfgang Streeck).