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Rothmayr Allison, Christine

Full Professor


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Rothmayr Allison, Christine

Research expertise

My research projects are grouped into three themes. Since my dissertation I have been interested in relations between the courts and politicians, in particular legal mobilization and the impact of court decisions on the formulation and implementation of public policy in North America and Europe.

At present I am interested in the agenda of the Supreme Court of Canada (Comparative Policy Agendas), the judicialization of policies relating to biotechnology and biomedicine in Europe and North America, and the question of the managerialization of law.

More generally speaking, relating to my second research theme, I plan to contribute to the development of policy-process theories. More specifically, my research is aimed at explaining the choice of policies in the biotechnology field and changes in public policy over time in Europe and North America. This second theme also encompasses research on the use of surveys in formulating and implementing public policy.

Lastly, for the third theme, my research interests deal with more practical aspects: I have over 10 years' experience in evaluating public policy. And being from Switzerland originally, of course I am continuing to work on Swiss politics!

Areas of expertise


  • Rothmayr Allison, Christine and Denis Saint-Martin (eds.) (2011):"Incrementalism at 50", special issue, Policy and Society, 30(1). 
  • Rothmayr, Christine and Frédéric Varone (2009): "Direct Democracy and Biotechnology Policy-Making in Europe and North America", Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Special issue: The Impact of the Biotechnology Revolution on Comparative Policy Studies, (11) 4: 425-449. 
  • Varone, Frédéric, Christine Rothmayr et Éric Montpetit, (2006), "Regulating Biomedicine in Europe and North America: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis", European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 45, pp. 317-343. 
  • Montpetit, Éric, Christine Rothmayr and Frédéric Varone (2005), "Institutional Vulnerability to Social Constructions: Federalism, Target Populations and Policy Designs for Assisted Reproductive Technology in Six Democracies", Comparative Political Studies 38 (2): 119-142. 
  • Rothmayr, Christine (2001) “Towards the Judicialization of Swiss Politics?“, West European Politics 24 (2): 77-94.

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