Chase Foster, PhD
I study state-market relations in comparative and international perspective.
I am interested in how domestic policies and politics affect the governance of global markets and how transnational economic and political processes, in turn, shape domestic market regulation. A particular focus of my work is the the political economy of competition law: how and why the rules governing market competition developed differently across political systems; the global diffusion of competition law; and the political and economic factors that shape the transnational and extraterritorial enforcement of competition rules.
My research interests fall into two main areas:
1. The Political Economy of Competition Law
I am writing a book that examines the causes and consequences of The Atlantic Divide in Antitrust. I have written an article on courts and competition policy paradigms and a working paper on the politics of globalized enforcement. In collaborative projects, I am currently examining the global diffusion of competition law.
2. European Union Politics and Policy
I have published articles about the effects of the Euro-crisis on public trust in government, the economic determinants of public support for integration, the politics of European financial regulatory reform, and policy implementation in the European Union. I am currently exploring whether welfare retrenchment bolsters support for European populist parties.
“Crisis of Trust: Socio-Economic Determinants of Europeans’ Confidence in Government,” (with Jeffry Frieden). 2017. European Union Politics 18(4): 511-535. Publisher's version.
“Economic Determinants of Public Support for European Integration, 1995-2018” (with Jeffry Frieden). European Union Politics 22(2): 266-292. Publisher's version.
“The Politics of Independent Central Banks,” 2017. Review Essay. Public Administration 95(1): 289-293. Publisher's version.
“Varieties of Neoliberalism: Courts, Competition Paradigms and the Atlantic Divide in Antitrust.” [Forthcoming in Socio-Economic Review]. Pre-publication version.
“Legalism without Adversarialism: Public and Private Enforcement in the European Union” [R&R at
Regulation & Governance]. Working paper.