"I have had the opportunity to present my research to the readership of international peer-reviewed journals such as Governance, the Journal of European Public Policy, Policy Studies Journal, the European Journal of Political Research, and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory."

Articles published in peer-reviewed journals


Short, J., Levi-Faur, D., Simpson. S., Thomann, E. and B. van Rooij. 2021. Has Regulation & Governance made a difference? Regulation & Governance 15(S1): S3-S7.

Haesebrouck, T. and E. Thomann. 2021. Causation, inferences, and solution types in configurational comparative methods. Quality & Quantity, DOI: 10.1007/s11135-021-01209-4.

Gofen, A., Moseley, A., Thomann, E. and K. Weaver. 2021. Behavioural governance in the policy process: introduction to the special issue. Journal of European Public Policy 28(5): 633-657, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2021.1912153.

Adam, C., Fernández-i-Marín, X., James, O., Manatschal, A., Rapp, C., and E. Thomann. 2021. Differential Discrimination against Mobile EU Citizens: Experimental Evidence from Bureaucratic Choice Settings. Journal of European Public Policy 28(5): 742-760, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2021.1912144.

Zhelyazkova, A. and E. Thomann. 2021. “I did it my way”: Customisation and practical compliance with EU policies. Journal of European Public Policy, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2020.1859599 .

Moseley, A. and E. Thomann. 2021. A behavioural model of heuristics and biases in frontline policy implementation. Policy & Politics 49(1): 49-67, DOI: 10.1332/030557320X15967973532891.


Ewert, B., Loer, K. and E. Thomann. 2020. Beyond nudge. Advancing the state-of-the-art of Behavioural Public Policy and Administration. Policy & Politics 49(1): 3-23.

Hinterleitner, M., Kaufmann, D. and E. Thomann. 2020. The fit between regulatory instruments and targets: Regulating the economic integration of migrants. Regulation & Governance, DOI: 10.1111/rego.12319.

Thomann, E. and M. Maggetti. 2020. Designing Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): Approaches, Challenges, Tools. Sociological Methods & Research 49(2):356-386. Online appendix

Lieberherr, E. and E. Thomann. 2020. Linking throughput and output legitimacy in Swiss forest policy implementation. Policy Sciences 53(3): 495-533, DOI: 10.1007/s11077-020-09374-3.

Sager, F., Rüefli, C. and E. Thomann. 2020. Fixing Federal Faults. Complementary Member State Policies in Swiss Health Care Policy. International Review of Public Policy 1 (2), 147-172.


Heidbreder, E., Stadelmann-Steffen, I., Thomann, E. and F. Sager. 2019. EU Referendums in Context: What can we learn from the Swiss Case? Public Administration 97(2): 370-383.

Thomann, E., Trein, P. and M. Maggetti. 2019. What’s the problem? Multilevel governance and problem-solving. European Policy Analysis 5(1): 37-57.

Trein, P., Thomann, E. and M. Maggetti. 2019. Integration, functional differentiation and problem-solving in multilevel governance: a comparative perspective. Public Administration 97(2): 339-354.


Thomann, E. and C. Rapp. 2018. Who Deserves Solidarity? Unequal Treatment of Immigrants in Swiss Welfare Policy Delivery. Policy Studies Journal 46(3): 531-552. Online appendix

Thomann, E. 2018. 'Donate your organs, donate life!' Explicitness in policy instruments. Policy Sciences 51(4): 433–456. Open access

Thomann, E. van Engen, N. and L. Tummers. 2018. The necessity of discretion: a behavioral evaluation of bottom-up implementation theory. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 28(4): 583–601. Open access Supplementary material

Thomann, E., Hupe, P. and F. Sager. 2018. Serving Many Masters: Public Accountability in Private Policy Implementation. Governance 31(2): 299–319. Raw dataset fuzzy dataset


Thomann, E. 2017. The Notions of Regulation and Self-Regulation in Political Science. Journal of Self-Regulation and Regulation 1(3): 54-75. Open access

Thomann, E. and F. Sager. 2017. Moving beyond legal compliance: Innovative approaches to EU multi-level implementation. Journal of European Public Policy 24(9): 1253-1268.

Thomann, E. and A. Zhelyazkova. 2017. Moving beyond (non-)compliance: the customization of European Union policies in 27 countries. Journal of European Public Policy 24(9): 1269-1288. Online appendix

Thomann, E. and F. Sager. 2017. Toward a better understanding of implementation performance in the EU multi-level system. Journal of European Public Policy 24(9): 1385-1407.

Sager, F. and E. Thomann. 2017. Multiple streams in member state implementation: politics, problem construction and policy paths in Swiss asylum policy. Journal of Public Policy 37(3): 287-314. Online appendix raw dataset fuzzy dataset replication file


Hinterleitner, M., Sager, F. and E. Thomann. 2016. The Politics of External Approval: Explaining the IMF’s Evaluation of Austerity Programs. European Journal of Political Research 55(3): 549–567. Online appendix raw dataset fuzzy dataset replication file

Thomann, E., Lieberherr, E. and K. Ingold. 2016. Torn between state and market: Private policy implementation and conflicting institutional logics. Policy & Society 35(1): 57-69.

Thomann, E. and A. Manatschal. 2016. Identifying context and cause in small-N settings: A Comparative Multilevel Analysis. Policy Sciences 49(3): 335-348.


Thomann, E. 2015. Is output performance all about the resources? A fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis of street-level bureaucrats in Switzerland. Public Administration 93(1): 177-194. Online appendix raw dataset fuzzy dataset

Thomann, E. 2015. Customizing Europe: Transposition as bottom-up implementation. Journal of European Public Policy 22(10): 1368-1387.

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Sager, F., Thomann, E. Zollinger, C., van der Heiden, N. and C. Mavrot. 2014. Street-level bureaucrats and New Modes of Governance – How Conflicting Roles Affect the Implementation of the Swiss Ordinance on Veterinary Medicinal Products. Public Management Review 16(4): 481-502.

Sager, F., Thomann, E., Zollinger, C. and C. Mavrot. 2014. Confronting theories of European integration: A comparative congruence analysis of veterinary drugs regulations in five countries. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 16(5):457-474. Online appendix