Dr. Crepaz received his Ph.D. in political science in 1992 from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the effects of formal political institutions on policy outcomes, the effect of immigration on the European welfare state project and identity of Europeans, the impact of globalization on the viability of the state, the logic of comparative analysis, the politics and economics of advanced industrialized democracies, the process of European Union integration, and the effects of parties and interest groups on a wide range of policy outcomes. He teaches classes in comparative methods, research design, determinants of political development, introduction to comparative analysis, and politics and economics of postindustrial societies. As a comparativist, he travels with a purpose in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Taiwan, Norway, Denmark, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Iceland, Spain, Japan, Fiji, and many other intriguing locations. Selected book publications include “Trust Beyond Borders” (2008) published by The University of Michigan Press, and “European Democracies”, (8th Edition, 2013) co-authored with Jürg Steiner published by Pearson/Longman. His recent articles have appeared in journals such as Social Science Quarterly (2014), and Comparative Political Studies (2009). Dr. Crepaz is the current Head of the Department of International Affairs and is the co-Director of the Stellenbosch, South Africa, Study Abroad Program at UGA.
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego 1992, Political Science
M.A., University of California, San Diego 1990, Political Science
M.A., Bowling Green State University, Ohio 1986, Political Science
Politics of Western Europe
The Welfare State
Comparative political economy
Comparative political institutions
Austrian politics and economics
Public policy (Europe)
Social Trust and Social Capital
Markus M. L. Crepaz is a Professor of Political Science and the current Head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California, San Diego. He has widely published in the areas of corporatism, the impact of veto points on a variety of political and economic outcomes, Austrian politics, environmental politics, and how political institutions mediate the effects of globalization. More recently he has turned his attention to issues of immigration, identity and the viability of European welfare states. His research is centered on the question whether publics in modern societies are willing to continue funding the welfare state if they perceive that a large percentage of their tax money is going to people who are different from themselves. His latest work is centered on discriminating between types of interpersonal trust, such as primordial and cosmopolitan trust, the relationships between the two and whether they have predictable and systematic impacts on nativism, civicness, political participation, environmental attitudes, and the provision of public goods in general.
His research has appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, and the European Journal of Political Research. His Trust Beyond Borders: Immigration, the Welfare State, and Identity in Modern Societies has been published by The University of Michigan Press in 2008. His best-selling European Politics Textbook, European Democracies, is co-authored with Jürg Steiner, and is in the 8th edition. He has given invited presentations at the Center for European Studies at Harvard, at Aalborg University in Denmark, the University of Lüneburg in Germany, and at the Science Center in Berlin, among many others. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy.
He is the co-director of the UGA Study Abroad Stellenbosch Program in South Africa. Summer 2014 will be the seventh year this program is in existence. This program contains an intensive service learning component in which students are exposed to the daily life of people in a poor South African township and are also active in a school that caters to the children of agricultural workers in rural areas.
Selected as a CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) Senior Teaching Fellow for 2014-15 academic year
Winner of the 2007 School of Public and International Affairs Teaching Award, UGA
INTL 3300 Introduction to Comparative Politics
INTL 4330 Post-industrial Democracies
INTL 4610 Environmental Politics
INTL 4660 Politics, Film, and Literature
INTL 4320 Politics of Development
INTL 6300 Pre-seminar in comparative Politics
INTL 7010 Research Design and Methods in Political Science
INTL 8310 Politics of Industrialized Democracies
INTL 8300 Special Topics in Comparative Politics (Immigration, the Welfare State and Identity in Modern Societies)
INTL 8300 The Causes and Consequences of Social Trust and Social Capital
- Markus M. L. Crepaz (2008) Trust beyond Borders. Immigration, the Welfare State and Identity in Modern Societies. The University of Michigan Press. Ann Arbor, MI.
- Markus M. L. Crepaz and Juerg Steiner (2009). European Democracies (6th Edition). Pearson/Longman Publishers, New York, NY.
- Markus M. L. Crepaz, Koelble, T., & Wilsford, D. (Eds). (2000). Democracy and Institutions - The Life Work of Arend Lijphart. The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI.
- Crepaz, M.M. L. and R. Damron (2009). "Constructing Tolerance: How the Welfare State shapes Attitudes about Immigrants". Comparative Political Studies. 42, 437-463.
- Crepaz M.M.L.and Crepaz, Nicole. (2004) "Is equality good medicine? A curvilinear explanation of the impact of income inequality on longevity". Journal of Public Policy. 24: 275-298.
- Crepaz, M.M.L. and Moser, Ann (2004). The Impact of Collective and Competitive Veto Points on Public Expenditures in the Global Age. Comparative Political Studies. 37:259-285
- Crepaz, M.M.L. (2002). Norms, Functions, and Dialectics: The process of European Integration: a reply to Bogaards. European Union Politics:3:357-381.
- Crepaz, M.M.L. (2002).Domestic and External Constraints on Austrian Corporatism: Challenges and Opportunities. Acta Politica. 37: 157-174.