Chase Foster, PhD

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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.  

I am currently a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Hochschule für Politik/ TUM School of Governance at the Technical University of Munich

Research Interests

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 UnionI 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.

Contact Me

Hochschule für Politik/TUM School of Governance

Richard-Wagner-Straße 1, 80333 München   

Tel: +49 89 907793 102

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