Jimena Valdez is Fellow in European Political Economy. Her research centers on how states are challenged by and respond to domestic and international capital, and how business’ power, strategies and preferences are shaped by economic and technological change. In her book project she studies business preferences for labour reform, how they are different from policymakers’, and to what extent one or the other prevail. Empirically, it examines the liberalization of labour in Portugal and Spain during the Eurozone crisis drawing on more than 130 interviews with elected politicians, policymakers, and business and labour representatives, among others. In a second research agenda, she advances a theoretical framework to understand the politics around platform firms, exploring three angles: the power of these firms, the way this power allows them to take over core state functions, and how these technology entrepreneurs organize to advance their political preferences.
Jimena received her PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2020. Previously she earned a MA in Government from Cornell University, a MA in Political Science from Torcuato Di Tella University and a BA in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires.