Institute of Political Science

John Berten

Research Officer / Lecturer

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Institute of Political Science
Research Unit Comparative Public Policy
Melanchthonstraße 36, 72074 Tübingen

Room 016



John Berten studied Social Sciences and Sociology at Bielefeld University. He was part of the DFG-funded research group FLOOR which investigated the spread of social cash transfers in the global South (principal investigator: Professor Leisering). Currently, he finishes his PhD at the Bremen Graduate School of Social Sciences (University of Bremen/Jacobs University). He was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and at ACTORE, Antwerp University (Antwerp Consortium on the Organization of Rulemaking and Multi-level Governance in Europe). Before joining the University of Tübingen, John worked as a research officer at Bielefeld University.

John does research in social policy and (international) political sociology. He is particulary interested in the role of international organizations in (global) social policy, social policy in emerging economies, and the role of knowledge and ideas in politics, which includes drawing on Science & Technology Studies as well as interpretive policy analysis.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles, peer-reviewed

Berten, John (2019). ‘Failed indicatorisation: Defining, comparing and quantifying social policy in the International Survey of Social Services of the Interwar Period’. Historical Social Research, 44(2), pp. 175-201.

Berten, John and Leisering, Lutz (2017). ‘Social policy by numbers. How international organisations construct global policy proposals’, International Journal of Social Welfare, 26(2), pp. 151-167.

Articles in Edited Volumes

Berten, John (2019). ‘Knowing at a distance: How international organizations translate social policy knowledge’ in Trans|Wissen (ed.) Wissen in der Transnationalisierung: Zur Ubiquität und Krise der Übersetzung. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, forthcoming.

Berten, John (2017). ‘Evaluation and simulation: Producing evidence in the global politics of social cash transfers’ in Annabelle Littoz-Monnet (ed.) The politics of expertise in international organizations. How international bureaucracies produce and mobilize knowledge. New York: Routledge (Global institutions series), pp. 148-166.

Other Published Work

Weible, Katrin, Böger, Tobias, and Berten, John (2015). ‘FLOORCASH-Basic. The basic dataset on social cash transfers in the global South’, Version 2, Research Project FLOOR (FloorCash). Bielefeld University. Available at: