Zsofia Barta

Zsófia Barta, PhD

Assistant Professor
Specialization: European Political Economy
Department of Political Science

205 Milne Hall | 518-442-5259

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About Professor Barta

Zsófia Barta joined the faculty of Rockefeller College at the University at Albany in fall 2013. Dr. Barta's research and teaching interests are in the areas of comparative politics, political economy and public policy, with particular focus paid to the societal origins of policy variation within political economy. Her main research area is the politics of public debt accumulation, covering diverse aspects of public finances from societal conflicts surrounding austerity to the influence of market actors — primarily rating agencies — on fiscal policies. Her book, 'In The Red: The Politics of Public Debt Accumulation in Developed Countries' (forthcoming at University of Michigan Press) explores the variations in countries' ability to control their debt. At Rockefeller College, Dr. Barta teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative public policy, public finances and the welfare state. She comes to the University at Albany after completing her PhD in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Barta held a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence.

Selected Publications

  • Zsófia Barta (forthcoming) ' In The Red: The Politics of Public Debt Accumulation in Developed Countries' University of Michigan Press
  • Zsófia Barta and Alison Johnston. (forthcoming) ‘Rating Politics? Partisan Discrimination in Credit Ratings in Developed Economies’ Comparative Political Studies
  • Zsófia Barta and Waltraud Schelkle. (2016). ‘At cross-purposes: commercial versus technocratic assessments of sovereign debt in the EU’ Journal of European Integration 37(7): 833-846
  • Zsófia Barta. (2015) ‘Fiscal sustainability and the welfare state in Europe’ ACRN Oxford Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives 4(3) p135-147