"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."

Peer-reviewed journal articles


Adam, C., Fernández-i-Marín, X., James, O., Manatschal, A., Rapp, C., and E. Thomann. 2021, forthcoming. Differential Discrimination against Mobile EU Citizens: Experimental Evidence from Bureaucratic Choice Settings. Accepted for publication in Journal of European Public Policy.

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. 2020. A behavioural model of heuristics and biases in frontline policy implementation. Policy & Politics, 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, DOI: 10.1332/030557320X15987279194319.

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, 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