Kai Klein, MA
Kai Klein is a researcher at the Institute for Public Management and Governance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Since April 2023, he is employed in a third-party-funded FWF project and is investigating the potential of social network analysis in the field of volunteer/employee dynamics in non-profit organisations for his dissertation.
He holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Bamberg, Germany, where he focused on economic policy in Western welfare states. His master's thesis examined the hegemonic discourse of neoliberalism in times of crisis (interregnum) in the UK - comparing its implementation under Margret Thatcher (1970-80s) and its resurgence under David Cameron (post-2008).
His research focuses on welfare state retrenchment, economic policy, social service provision and policy change. His methodological interests include social network analysis, hegemonic discourse analysis and qualitative comparative analysis.