Irene Menéndez González

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University in Madrid. My main research interests lie at the intersection of international political economy and comparative political economy, with special emphasis on the consequences of globalisation for economic and social policy, as well as welfare states and interest representation in Europe and Latin America. I also work on projects exploring the politics of labour market segmentation, and on projects analysing the effects of electoral institutions on political representation.

I obtained my phD at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College) in 2015, and previously studied at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, Sciences Po in Paris and St. Andrews University in Scotland. Before joining the faculty at IE University, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Mannheim, a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (2017-2018) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Zurich (2014-2017).


Michael Becher, Irene Menéndez González and Daniel Stegmueller (2021). “Proportional Representation and Right-Wing Populism: Evidence from Electoral System Change in Europe.” British Journal of Political Science, 1-8. doi:10.1017/S0007123421000703 . Available as a pre-print version on SSRN.

Irene Menéndez González (2021). “Insiders, outsiders, skills and preferences for social protection: evidence from a survey experiment in Argentina.” Comparative Political Studies (14): 2581–2610. Available as pre-print version on SSRN.

Michael Becher and Irene Menéndez González (2019). “Electoral reform and trade-offs in political representation.” American Political Science Review 113(3): 694-709.

Picot, Georg, and Irene Menéndez (2017). “Political Parties and Non-Standard Employment: An analysis of France, Germany, Italy and Spain.” Socio-Economic Review 17(4): 899–919.

Irene Menéndez (2016). “Globalization and Welfare Spending: how Geography and Electoral Institutions condition Compensation.” International Studies Quarterly 60(4): 665 – 676.

Irene Menéndez (2012). “Monetary Integration and Accountability in Europe, 1988-1994.” Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas 157: 120 – 150.

Amirah-Fernández, Haizam and Irene Menéndez (2009). “Reform in Comparative Perspective: US and EU Strategies of Democracy Promotion in the MENA Region after 9/11.” Journal of Contemporary European Studies 17(3): 325 – 338.

Working papers & work in progress

“Low-skilled products by high-skilled workers: the distributive effects of trade in developing countries” (with Erica Owen and Stefanie Walter). Under review.

“The politics of non-contributory social policy: labor market institutions and left strategies in the developing world” (with Santiago López-Cariboni). In preparation for submission.

“Deferring payment: The compliance effects of communicating state flexibility in the residential electricity sector” (with Santiago López-Cariboni, Sarah Berens and Armin von Schiller). Presented at APSA, EPSA and REPAL 2021.

“Trade origins of proportional representation?” (with Michael Becher). Presented at IPES 2021.

“Class/income and redistributive preferences: does item wording matter?” (with Andy Baker, Sarah Berens and Germán Feierherd). In progress.

“Preferences about conditioning social benefits: experimental evidence from Latin America” (with Cecilia Rossel, Florencia Antía, Santiago López-Cariboni). In progress.

Book chapters and other publications

Irene Menéndez and David Rueda (2015). “Labour Market Institutions and Economic Performance.” In (ed.) Gandhi, Jennifer and Rubén Ruiz-Rufino. Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions, Routledge, 304-317.

Sarah Berens and Irene Menéndez González (2020). “Is informal work eroding compliance?” In (ed.) Mansfield, Edward and Nita Rudra, Political Economy of Informality in BRIC countries (Volume 3: The Political Economy of Informality in BRIC countries).

Baker, Andy, Sarah Berens, Germán Feierherd and Irene Menéndez González (2020). “Labor Informality and its Political Consequences in Latin America.” LAPOP Insights Series #144.


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