Matthias Thiemann is a sociologist, with close affinities to political economy. On the one hand, he is analyzing the attempts of financial regulators in Europe and the US to control the risk taking behavior of agents in the financial industry, an attempt complicated by the fact that these agentsgain from evading such control. On the other hand, Matthias Thiemann is investigating post-crisis regulatory changes in the US asking why certain ideas that gained prominence post-crisis are translated into policy tools, while others are eschewed by policy makers. Methodologically, he is drawing on expert interviews and document analysis, but also citation network analysis and topic modeling.
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Political economy of financial regulation in Europe, The power of ideas on the development of financial regulation, Financialization