Pepper Culpepper is the Blavatnik Chair in Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.

His research focuses on the intersection between capitalism and democracy, both in politics and in public policy. Prior to coming to the Blavatnik School, he taught at the European University Institute and at the Harvard Kennedy School. His book Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan (Cambridge University Press 2011), was awarded the 2012 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. He is the author of Creating Cooperation (Cornell University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Changing France (with Peter Hall and Bruno Palier, Palgrave 2006) and of The German Skills Machine (with David Finegold, Berghahn Books 1999).

His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Politics & Society, Socio-Economic Review, World Politics, Revue Française de Science Politique, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Public Policy, Business and Politics, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, among others. He has published commentary on public policy issues in the Washington Post, Le Monde, International Herald Tribune, and the New Republic. A former Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford, he has also held long-term visiting appointments in France, Germany, and Japan.



Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Changing France: The Politics that Markets Make (Edited volume, with Peter Hall and Bruno Palier).  Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006. (French translation published as La France en Mutation 1975-2005. Presses de Sciences-Po, 2006).
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Creating Cooperation: How States Develop Human Capital in Europe, Cornell University Press, 2003.
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The German Skills Machine: Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy (Edited volume, with David Finegold), Berghahn Books, 1999.


Structural Power and Political Science in the Post-Crisis EraBusiness and Politics 17:3, October 2015, pp. 391-409.
Structural Power and Bank Bailouts in the United Kingdom and the United States. With Raphael Reinke. Politics & Society 42:4, December 2014, pp. 427-454.
The Political Economy of Unmediated Democracy: Italian Austerity under Mario MontiWest European Politics 37:6, November 2014, pp. 1264-1281.
Why Don't Governments Need Trade Unions Anymore? The Death of Social Pacts in Ireland and Italy. With Aidan Regan. Socio-Economic Review October 2014, pp. 723-745.
The Politics of Common Knowledge: Ideas and Institutional Change in Wage BargainingInternational Organization 62:1, January 2008, pp. 1-33.
Do all Bridges Collapse? Possibilities for Democracy in the European Union. With Archon Fung. Politische Vierteljarhesscrhift 48:4, December 2007, pp. 730-739.
Eppure, non si muove: Legal Change, Institutional Stability, and Italian Corporate GovernanceWest European Politics 30:4, September 2007, pp. 784-802.
Small States and Skill Specificity: Austria, Switzerland, and Interemployer Cleavages in Coordinated CapitalismComparative Political Studies, 40:6, June 2007, pp. 611-637.
Institutional Change in Contemporary Capitalism: Coordinated Financial Systems since 1990.  World Politics, 57:2, January 2005, pp. 173-99.
Single Country Studies and Comparative PoliticsItalian Politics & Society 60, Spring 2005, pp. 2-5.
Puzzling, Powering, and 'Pacting': The Informational Logic of Negotiated ReformsJournal of European Public Policy, 9:5, October 2002, pp. 774-790.
Associations and Non-Market Coordination in Banking: France and Eastern Germany ComparedEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations 8:2, 2002, pp. 217-235.
Can the State Create Cooperation?: Problems of Reforming the Labor Supply in France . Journal of Public Policy 20:3, 2000, pp. 223-245.
The Future of the High-Skill Equilibrium in GermanyOxford Review of Economic Policy 15:1, 1999, pp. 43-59. (Reprinted in David Coates, ed., Models of Capitalism: Debating Strengths and Weaknesses, Cheltenham , UK : Edward Elgar, 2002.)
Organisational Competition and the Neo-Corporatist Fallacy in French AgricultureWest European Politics16:3, July 1993, pp. 295-315.

Book Chapters

Capitalism, Institutions, and Power in the Study of Business. In Orfeo Fioretos, Tulia G. Falleti, and Adam Sheingate, eds., Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism, in press 2016.
Corporate Control and Managerial Power. In David Coen, Wyn Grant, and Graham Wilson, eds., Oxford Handbook of Business and Government, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 497-511.
Institutions and Collective Actors in the Provision of Training:  Historical and Cross-National Comparisons. With Kathleen Thelen. In Karl Ulrich Mayer and Heike Solga, eds., Skill Formation: Interdisciplinary and Cross-National Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 21-49.
Capitalism, Coordination, and Economic Change: The French Political Economy since 1985.  In Pepper D. Culpepper, Peter Hall, and Bruno Palier, eds.,Changing France: The Politics that Markets Make.  Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006.
Re-Embedding Public Policy: Decentralized Collaborative Governance in France and Italy. In Christian Joerges, Bo Stråth, and Peter Wagner, eds., The Economy as a Polity: The Political Constitution of Contemporary Capitalism. London: UCL Press, 2005, pp. 137-157.
Employers’ Associations, Public Policy, and the Politics of Decentralized Cooperation in Germany and France. In Peter A. Hall and David Soskice, eds.,Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 275-306.
Still a Model for the Industrialized Countries? In Pepper D. Culpepper and David Finegold, eds., The German Skills Machine:  Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy. New York:  Berghahn Books, 1999, pp. 1-34.
Individual Choice, Collective Action, and the Problem of Training Reform: Insights from France and eastern Germany. In Pepper D. Culpepper and David Finegold, eds., The German Skills Machine:  Sustaining Comparative Advantage in a Global Economy. New York: Berghahn Books, 1999, pp. 269-325.