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Josef Philipp Trein


Senior SNSF Researcher
Department of Actuarial Science

Assistant of professor Joël Wagner

Géopolis, room 4346
Tel 021.692.31.76

Postal address
Université de Lausanne
Quartier UNIL-Mouline
Bâtiment Géopolis
1015 Lausanne

Departement de sciences actuariales
Extranef 105
1015 Lausanne


Research areas

Multilevel governance
The policy studies carried out within the lab are particularly sensitive to the reorganization of decision-making power, in relation to the 'denationalization' of governance. Public policies are analyzed at different levels, ranging from the local to the global levels. For example, research in the LAGAPE deals with subjects such as urban governance, federal systems, European integration and the impact of globalization and Europeanization on national policy. Comparative studies across governmental levels and the scrutiny of their interactions, such as in the cases of metropoles and of cross-border cooperation, are becoming increasingly necessary to capture contemporary policy-making.

Public policies and sectoral studies
The LAGAPE is also dedicated to the comparative analysis of sectorial public policies, with a particular expertise on health, fiscal, financial, housing, energy, telecommunications, food, research and education policies.

When and why do governments integrate policy sectors? A comparative analysis of eleven countries and four policy areas
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 context, another emerging strand of research has been referring to a renewed concentration of state power, denominated as joined-up government, or whole-of-government. Especially for pressing problems, such as employment, or immigration, where the downsides of new public management have become apparent, the (re)integration of policy sectors is a key issue. Whilst the literature has already pointed to integration processes and related concepts in single countries, a systematic comparative assessment, especially over time, is still in its beginnings. This project addresses this shortcoming by putting together a research plan that compares the (re)integration of policy sectors (dependent variable) in four issue areas, in eleven countries over a period of 34 years. Specifically, we are going to look at domestic security, environmental policy, immigration and public health. The countries that we are going to compare are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK, USA, in the time period from 1980 to 2014.

Co-Evolution of Public Health and Health Care Systems

Multi-Level Governance in Health Policy

Dynamics of Fiscal Federalism in Times of Crisis

Economic Voting in Times of Crisis


44 last publications ordered by: publication type  -  year

: Peer Reviewed


Fossati Flavia , Trein Josef Philipp (in press). Cobbler stick to your last? Social democrats’ electoral returns from labour market polic. Journal of Social Policy. Peer Reviewed

Bonoli Giuliano, Natili Marcello ; Trein Philipp (2019). A federalist's dilemma: Trade-offs between social legitimacy and budget responsibility in multi-tiered welfare states. Journal of European Social Policy, 29, 56-69. Peer Reviewed

Maggetti Martino , Trein Philipp (2019). Multilevel governance and problem-solving: Towards a dynamic theory of multilevel policy-making?. Public Administration, 97, 355-369. Peer Reviewed

Thomann Eva, Trein Philipp ; Maggetti Martino (2019). What's the Problem? Multilevel Governance and Problem‐Solving. European Policy Analysis, 5, 37-57. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp (2019). Knowledge, policymaking and learning for European cities and regions. Local Government Studies, 45, 597-599. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp, Meyer Iris ; Maggetti Martino (2019). The Integration and Coordination of Public Policies: A Systematic Comparative Review. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 21, 332-349. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp, Thomann Eva ; Maggetti Martino (2019). Integration, functional differentiation and problem‐solving in multilevel governance. Public Administration, 97, 339-354. Peer Reviewed

Bonoli Giuliano, Pisoni Delia ; Trein Philipp (2017). En Europe, le temps se gâte pour l’État-providence. La vie économique : plateforme de politique économique, 3, 44-48.

Maggetti Martino, Ewert Christian ; Trein Philipp (2017). Not Quite the Same : Regulatory Intermediaries in the Governance of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 670, 152-169. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp (2017). Coevolution of policy sectors : a comparative analysis of healthcare and public health. Public Administration, 95, 744-758. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp (2017). A New Way to Compare Horizontal Connections of Policy Sectors : “Coupling” of Actors, Institutions and Policies. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 19, 419-434. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp (2017). Europeanisation beyond the European Union : tobacco advertisement restrictions in Swiss cantons. Journal of Public Policy, 37, 113-142. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp, Beckmann Ruth ; Walter Stefanie (2017). German Voters in Times of Crisis : The Impact of Perceptions and Economic Context on Electoral Behaviour. German Politics, 26, 414-439. Peer Reviewed

Bonoli G. , Trein P. (2016). Cost-Shifting in Multitiered Welfare States : Responding to Rising Welfare Caseloads in Germany and Switzerland. Publius : The Journal of Federalism, 46, 596-622.

Trein P. , Braun D. (2016). How do fiscally decentralized federations fare in times of crisis ? : Insights from Switzerland. Regional and Federal Studies, 26, 199-220. Peer Reviewed

Braun D. , Trein P. (2014). Economic and financial crises can change the dynamics of federal relationships. Democratic Audit Blog, NA. Peer Reviewed

Braun D. , Trein P. (2014). Federal Dynamics in Times of Economic and Financial Crisis. European Journal of Political Research, 53, 803-821. Peer Reviewed


Dunlop Claire, Radaelli Claudio ; Trein Philipp (2018). Learning in Public Policy : Analysis, Modes and Outcomes. Palgrave Macmillan.

Trein Philipp (2018). Healthy or Sick ? Coevolution of Health Care and Public Health in a Comparative Perspective. Cambridge University Press. Peer Reviewed

Book Sections

Trein Philipp (2019). Health Policy. Swiss Public Administration Making the State Work Successfully (pp. 323-338). Palgrave Macmillan.

Dunlop Claire, Radaelli Claudio ; Trein Philipp (2018). Introduction : The Family Tree of Policy Learning. Learning in Public Policy : Analysis, Modes and Outcomes (pp. 1-25). Palgrave Macmillan. Peer Reviewed

Trein Philipp (2018). Median Problem Pressure and Policy Learning : An Exploratory Analysis of European Countries. Learning in Public Policy : Analysis, Modes and Outcomes (pp. 243-266). Palgrave Macmillan. Peer Reviewed

Braun Dietmar , Trein Philipp (2013). Consolidation policies in federal countries. Staatstätigkeiten, Parteien und Demokratie : Festschrift für Manfred G. Schmidt (pp. 139-161). Springer.

Braun Dietmar , Trein Philipp (2013). Economic Crisis and Federal Dynamics. Federal Dynamics: Continuity, Change and Varieties of Federalism (pp. 341-365). Oxford University Press.

Beckman R., Trein P. ; Walter S. (2011). Dominanz der Ökonomie : Entscheidet die Wirtschaftslage Wahlen ?. Der unbekannte Wähler : Mythen und Fakten über das Wahlverhalten der Deutschen (pp. 231-254). Campus, Frankfurt.

Technical Reports

Trein Philipp (2018). ESPN Thematic Report on Challenges in Long-term Care in Switzerland. European Commission.

Trein Philipp (2018). ESPN Flash Reports : Cost Containment and Equity Concerns in Swiss Healthcare Policy. European Commission.

Trein Philipp (2018). ESPN Thematic Report on Inequalities in access to healthcare Switzerland. European Commission.

Trein Philipp (2017). Switzerland implements a national strategy to prevent non-communicable diseases. EU Commission.

Trein P. (2016). Swiss parliament votes down a proposal to permanently ban the new admission of doctors. EU Commission.

Trein Philipp (2016). ESPN Thematic Report on work-life balance measures for persons of working age with dependent relatives : Switzerland. EU Commission.

Bonoli G., Pisoni D. ; Trein P. (2015). Labour market innovations and policy learning : report on Switzerland. EU Commission.

Bonoli G. , Trein P. (2015). Best practice report on policy learning infrastructures in innovative labour market policies. EU Commission.

Philipp T., Bonoli G. ; Pisoni D. (2015). Policy learning in Europe : social policy and labour market reforms in 11 countries. EU Commission.

Trein P. (2015). Implementation of the revised bill on epidemics in Switzerland. EU Commission.

Trein P. (2015). Literature report : a review of policy learning in five strands of political science research. EU Commission.

Wally Achtermann, Dietmar Braun, Dorte Hering, Philipp Trein ; Björn Uhlmann (2014). Multilevel Governance in Health Policy: Comparing Australia, Germany and Switzerland. Research Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Ref: 26041044).

Giuliano Bonoli, Dietmar Braun ; Philipp Trein (2013). Pensions, Health and Long-Term Care: Switzerland. ASISP Country Document.

Trein Philipp (2013). Coordination of Tobacco Control Policies. SPSA (Swiss Political Science Association) Annual Conference.

Trein Philipp (2012). Co-evolution and Coordination of Policy sectors : Health Care and Public Health in Australia. UNIL, IEPI, LAGAPE (Laboratoire d'analyse de la gouvernance et de l'action publique en Europe).

Trein Philipp (2012). Apples and Pills: Health Expenditure on Cure and Prevention in OECD Countries. EPSA (European Political Science Association) General Conference.

Beckmann Ruth, Trein Philipp ; Walter Stefanie (2011). The good, the bad and the German Federal Election: Unemployment, short-time work and voting in 2009. ECPR General Conference in Reykjavik.

Beckmann R., Trein P. ; Walter S. (2010). Wählen in der Krise. Wirtschaftskrise und Wahlverhalten bei der deutschen Bundestagswahl 2009. Universität Heidelberg.


Trein P., Braun D. (Dir.) (2015). Co-evolution of Policy Sectors: Health Care and Public Health in five Countries. Université de Lausanne, Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques.


  • elections in the federal republic of germany
  • governance (2)
  • health
  • health policy
  • public policies
  • welfare states


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