• E-mailgeorg.picot@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 26 96
  • Visitor Address
    Christies gate 15
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

I am Professor in Comparative Politics, with a specialization in comparative welfare state research and comparative political economy. My most recent research interest regards how states influence wage-setting and the wage distribution, in particular with respect to low-wage employment. For research on this topic I have been awarded a FRIHUMSAM Young Research Talents Grant by the Research Council of Norway. My wider research interests are labour market policy, non-standard employment, industrial relations, political parties, and political theory. I founded and co-convene an interdisciplinary seminar series in Comparative Political Economy at the University of Bergen. In 2016, I received the prize for the best publication at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen (for Hooijer and Picot, 2015). I obtained my PhD in Political Science from the University of Milan. Afterwards, I worked at the University of Heidelberg, University of Oxford, and University of Manchester, before coming to Bergen. 


I'm on sabbatical in 2023-2024. Normally I teach:

  • SAMPOL216 Labour market policies in comparative perspective
  • EUR105 European Union Institutions, Politics, and Policies


Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2024). Do minimum wages crowd out union density? British Journal of Industrial Relations.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Regulating low wages: cross-national policy variation and outcomes. Socio-Economic Review. 2093-2116.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Platform work in a Coordinated Market Economy. Industrial relations journal. 348-363.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Three approaches to labor-market vulnerability and political preferences. Political Science Research and Methods. 356-361.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Political parties and non-standard employment: An analysis of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Socio-Economic Review. 899-919.
  • Show author(s) (2017). All of one kind? Labour market reforms under austerity in Italy and Spain. Socio-Economic Review. 461-482.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Globalization and healthcare policy: A constraint on growing expenditures. Journal of European Public Policy. 197-216.
  • Show author(s) (2015). European welfare states and migrant poverty: The institutional determinants of disadvantage . Comparative Political Studies. 1879-1904.
  • Show author(s) (2014). 对政党政治与福利国家关系的再思考——近期文献述评 [Rethinking party politics and the welfare state: Recent advances in the literature; Chinese translation of Häusermann et al. 2013]. Foreign Theoretical Trends. 23-34.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Party systems and social policy: A historical comparison of Italy and Germany. West European Politics. 138-158.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The party preferences of atypical workers in Germany. Journal of European Social Policy. 164-178.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Die sozialpolitischen Präferenzen der Mittelschicht: Antriebskraft oder Bremse? Sozialer Fortschritt. 289-295.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Party competition and reforms of unemployment benefits in Germany: How a small change in electoral demand can make a big difference. German Politics. 155-179.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) (2022). Misvisende om minstelønn. Klassekampen.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2012). Politics of Segmentation: Party Competition and Social Protection in Europe.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2024). What are governments doing about low-wage employment – and how successful is it? . ETUI Policy Brief.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Slik kan stater håndtere lavlønnsarbeid. Frifagbevegelse LO Media.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Slik kan stater håndtere lavlønnsarbeid. Agenda Magasin.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Een wettelijkminimumloon? Sociaaloverleg werkt beter.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2023). Minimum wages: by collective bargaining and by law. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Political and institutional limits to the rise of platform work. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Cross-national variation in growth models: Three sources of extra demand . 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Politics in a Transformed Labor Market: Renzi’s Labor Market Reform. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Politica e riforme del mercato del lavoro. Il Jobs Act di Renzi. 21 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Labour market policies and party preferences of fixed-term workers. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2001). 'Welfare to Work' bei Blair und Schröder – eine Idee, zwei Realitäten? 36 pages.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2013). Rethinking party politics and the welfare state: Recent advances in the literature. British Journal of Political Science. 221-240.
Popular scientific chapter/article
  • Show author(s) (2018). Zwischen den Orten: Aufbrechen, Ankommen und der Universitätsbetrieb. 140-144.
  • Show author(s) (2017). EU-Kritik und historische Unvernunft. 155-170.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Fremdheit und Bürokratie. 100-113.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

  • WAGEREG - Bringing in the state: The politics of wage regulation and low-wage employment
  • CPE@UiB - Interdisciplinary seminars in Comparative Political Economy