Germany's recently announced increase in defence spending reflects a broader European shift in response to the war in Ukraine. Using the concept of path dependency, Valentina Ausserladscheider believes that this shift breaks with the founding idea of peace in the European Union
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Economic Sociology, University of Vienna
Valentina is also a research affiliate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, where she recently completed her PhD investigating the rise of economic nationalist ideas in far-right parties.
Her research focuses on the cultural and political nature of economic ideas.
In particular, Valentina is interested in how cultural values shape economic policy discourse when elite actors legitimise institutional change.
Her research has been published in the Review of International Political Economy and Sociology Compass.