A scholar of comparative political analysis, she has extensively studied industrial relations, democracy, and political-coalitional foundations for capitalism. Her research has won a number of awards. How Institutions Evolve: The Political Economy of Skills in Germany, Britain, the United States and Japan won the Mattei Dogan Award of the Society of Comparative Research. Varieties of Liberalization: The New Politics of Social Solidarity received the Barrington Moore Best Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Comparative and Historical Research.
Thelen has served as Chair of the Council for European Studies, President of the American Political Science Association, and President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. Most recently, she has been awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Prize and the Michael Endres Research Prize. She now focuses her research efforts on better understanding the American political economy.
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Kathleen Thelen is an American political scientist. She is the Ford of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , a permanent external member of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies , and a faculty associate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She received her B.A. from the University of Kansas before obtaining both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a leading authority on the origins and evolution of political-economic institutions in the rich democracies. She is among the most highly cited political scientists.Source: Wikipedia
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