• E-mailGeorg.Picot@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 26 96
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    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 other research interests are labour market policy, non-standard employment, immigration, globalization, and political parties. I have founded and I 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. 


  • SAMPOL216: Labour market policies in comparative perspective


  • Picot, Georg Johannes. 2012. Politics of Segmentation: Party Competition and Social Protection in Europe. Routledge. 201 pages. ISBN: 978-0-415-66561-2.
Journal articles
  • Picot, Georg Johannes; Marx, Paul. 2019. Three approaches to labor-market vulnerability and political preferences. Political Science Research and Methods. 6 pages. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/psrm.2018.29
  • Picot, Georg Johannes; Menéndez, Irene. 2017. Political parties and non-standard employment: An analysis of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Socio-Economic Review. 21 pages. doi: 10.1093/ser/mwx016
  • Picot, Georg Johannes; Tassinari, Arianna. 2017. All of one kind? Labour market reforms under austerity in Italy and Spain. Socio-Economic Review. 15: 461-482. doi: 10.1093/ser/mww042
  • Fervers, Lukas; Oser, Philipp; Picot, Georg Johannes. 2016. Globalization and healthcare policy: A constraint on growing expenditures. Journal of European Public Policy. 23: 197-216. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1028965
  • Hooijer, Gerda; Picot, Georg Johannes. 2015. European welfare states and migrant poverty: The institutional determinants of disadvantage. Comparative Political Studies. 48: 1879-1904. doi: 10.1177/0010414015597508
  • Häusermann, Silja; Picot, Georg Johannes; Geering, Dominik. 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. 2014: 23-34.
  • Picot, Georg Johannes. 2014. Party systems and social policy: A historical comparison of Italy and Germany. West European Politics. 37: 138-158. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2013.801577
  • Häusermann, Silja; Picot, Georg Johannes; Geering, Dominik. 2013. Rethinking party politics and the welfare state: Recent advances in the literature. British Journal of Political Science. 43: 221-240. doi: 10.1017/S0007123412000336
  • Marx, Paul; Picot, Georg Johannes. 2013. The party preferences of atypical workers in Germany. Journal of European Social Policy. 23: 164-178. doi: 10.1177/0958928712471222
  • Marx, Paul; Picot, Georg Johannes. 2011. Die sozialpolitischen Präferenzen der Mittelschicht: Antriebskraft oder Bremse? Sozialer Fortschritt. 60: 289-295. doi: 10.3790/sfo.60.12.289
  • Picot, Georg Johannes. 2009. Party competition and reforms of unemployment benefits in Germany: How a small change in electoral demand can make a big difference. German Politics. 18: 155-179. doi: 10.1080/09644000902874257
Book sections
  • Picot, Georg Johannes. 2018. Zwischen den Orten: Aufbrechen, Ankommen und der Universitätsbetrieb. Kapittel, pages 140-144. In:
    • Huber, Katja; Kleemann, Silke; Schley, Fridolin. 2018. Wir sind hier: Geschichten über das Ankommen. 224 pages. ISBN: 978-3-96233-058-3.
  • Picot, Georg Johannes. 2017. EU-Kritik und historische Unvernunft. Chapter, pages 155-170. In:
    • Strasser, Johano. 2017. Das freie Wort: Vom öffentlichen Gebrauch der Vernunft in postfaktischen Zeitalter. 208 pages. ISBN: 978-3-86906-983-8.
  • Picot, Georg Johannes. 2015. Fremdheit und Bürokratie. Chapter, pages 100-113. In:
    • Schley, Fridolin. 2015. Fremd. 179 pages. ISBN: 978-3-87410-134-9.
  • Picot, Georg Johannes; Tassinari, Arianna. 2015. Politics in a Transformed Labor Market: Renzi’s Labor Market Reform. Chapter 5, pages 121-140. In:
    • Hanretty, Chris; Profeti, Stefania. 2015. Italian Politics 2014: The Year of the Bulldozer. Berghahn Books. 336 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78533-189-3.
  • Picot, Georg Johannes; Tassinari, Arianna. 2015. Politica e riforme del mercato del lavoro. Il Jobs Act di Renzi. Chapter 5, pages 133-153. In:
    • Hanretty, Chris; Profeti, Stefania. 2015. Politica in Italia: I fatti dell'anno e le interpretazioni. Edizione 2015. Societa Editrice Il Mulino. 275 pages. ISBN: 978-88-15-25846-5.
  • Marx, Paul; Picot, Georg Johannes. 2014. Labour market policies and party preferences of fixed-term workers. Chapter 6, pages 113-131. In:
    • Kumlin, Staffan; Steffen-Stadelmann, Isabelle. 2014. How Welfare States Shape the Democratic Public: Policy Feedback, Participation, Voting, and Attitudes. Edward Elgar Publishing. 337 pages. ISBN: 9781782545484.
  • Picot, Georg Johannes; Schmid, Josef. 2001. 'Welfare to Work' bei Blair und Schröder – eine Idee, zwei Realitäten? Chapter, pages 229-264. In:
    • Hirscher, Gerhard; Sturm, Roland. 2001. Die Strategie des 'Dritten Weges': Legitimation und Praxis sozialdemokratischer Regierungspolitik. Olzog Verlag GmbH. 266 pages. ISBN: 3-7892-8061-5.

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