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My academic research covers books and articles on non-voters at elections in multilevel-governance-structures, European elections, the micromanagement of European Institutions, transposition of EU legislation, norms and values in Member States, forms of classic and alternative forms of EU decision-making (delegated acts and comitology) and the Europeanisation of political systems.


Please find here the overview of my academic and non-scienctific publications.

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Research Projects


Prof. Kaeding co-lead (zusammen mit Prof. Braun) des neuen Horizon Europe Projekts ActEU

Das Projekt ActEU "Towards a new era of representative democracy - Activating European Citizens’ Trust in Times of Crises and Polarization" beginnt zum 1.3.23 und möchte mit 12 Konsortialpartners aus ganz Europa Antworten auf folgende Fragen finden: Wie können wir politisches Vertrauen und Legitimität über die übliche Umfragefrage "Wie viel Vertrauen haben Sie in das Parlament?" hinaus konzeptualisieren und empirisch messen? Erfordert der Mehrebenencharakter der europäischen repräsentativen Demokratien ein identisches Maß an Unterstützung durch die Bürger*innen auf regionaler, nationaler und EU-Ebene? Inwieweit stellt die soziale Polarisierung bei zentralen politischen Themen unserer Zeit – Einwanderung, Klimawandel und Ungleichheit zwischen den Geschlechtern – das politische Vertrauen in demokratische politische Systeme und deren Legitimität in Frage? Und was können politische Entscheidungsträger und die Zivilgesellschaft tun, um diese Herausforderungen zu meistern?ActEU verfolgt dabei zwei übergreifende Ziele: In Phase 1 untersuchen wir die anhaltenden Probleme des abnehmenden Vertrauens, der Legitimität und der Repräsentation in Europa mit besonderem Augenmerk auf die Polarisierung der Gesellschaften und die Mehrebenenstrukturen der EU. Das an der Universität des Saarlandes ansässige Team unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Daniela Braun stellt hierzu einen konzeptionellen Rahmen für politische Einstellungen, Verhalten und Repräsentation in ganz Europa zur Verfügung und schafft eine originelle empirische Infrastruktur, die auf einer innovativen Kombination von Methoden und neu erhobenen quantitativen und qualitativen empirischen Daten (Fokusgruppen, experimentelle Umfragen, Web Scraping) basiert. In Phase 2 werden diese Ergebnisse direkt in die Entwicklung eines Instrumentariums von Abhilfemaßnahmen einfließen, um das politische Vertrauen in europäische repräsentative Demokratien und deren Legitimität zu verbessern (u.a. über ein zivilgesellschaftliches Netzwerk, Youth Democracy Labs in 13 europäischen Städten; "Cartooning for democracy").

Prof. Kaeding (TEPSA) Advisory Board Member to new EU Project on the EP

EP4U is a project aiming at raising citizens’ awareness of EU policy-making and engage university and high school students, and the broader public, in discussions about the work of the EU and the EP in four policy areas that are considered salient for these audiences: climate and environment; employment and social policies; migration and asylum; and non-discrimination and protection of fundamental rights. These four policy areas are analysed in four different Member States: Finland, France, Bulgaria and Slovakia, whilst the project also reaches trans-national audiences in other Member States. To achieve these aims, TEPSA implements the following activities:

  • Events
  • Communication activities
  • Student paper competitions
  • High-school talks

You can find the project factsheet here.

UDE leads EU project on Central Asia relations

While they are situated thousands of kilometres apart and characterised by different political values, Central Asia and the European Union have become important partners. In the Horizon 2020-project “SEnECA – Strengthening and energizing EU-Central Asia Relations” researchers and think tanks will analyse how the relationship between the EU and the Central Asian countries can be further intensified. Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding, professor for European politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) are coordinating the project conjointly with financial support from Brussels: The EU is funding the project with about 1.5 million Euros in the following two years.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: For ten years now, the EU has been pursuing its ‘Strategy for a New Partnership’ in this region. Intersecting Asia and Europe, these countries are of high geopolitical importance. The development and consolidation of stable and democratic societies in these countries is essential to the European Union.

Here is the complete press release.

Prof. Kaeding (TEPSA) Part of H2020 InDivEU project on Differentiated Integration.

InDivEU aims to maximize our knowledge on differentiated integration by systematically pursuing four research objectives: Models, scenarios and visions, the preferences of citizens, governments and parties, causes and effects, and other forms of flexibility.

InDivEU is led by the EUI and ETH Zurich and brings together the key disciplines of political theory, political science, law and economics that ensure the transdisciplinary analysis of Differentiated Integration. The EU H2020 project runs for three years - until 2022. More info at:

Prof. Kaeding (TEPSA/UDE) Part of H2020 DiCE project on Differentiated Integration

‘Differentiation: Clustering Excellence’ (DiCE) establishes a large research network designed to support policy decisions on EU differentiation. This CSA creates a unique cluster of excellence by bringing together, through their coordinators, the three successful H2020 sister projects on differentiation (EU3D, EU IDEA, InDivEU), which is amplified by the involvement of the TEPSA network and a strategy for including other experts plus UNEXE. DiCE’s overarching objective is to ensure that state-of-the-art research on differentiation is properly translated into policy-relevant advice and made readily accessible to policy-makers at European, national and regional levels of governance and society, better preparing the EU for future differentiation scenarios. The open and inclusive network will become the ‘Who’s Who’ of researchers working on differentiation and the dynamics of European integration. The three projects consist of 38 partner institutions (22 universities, 15 think tanks, 1 media partner) from across Europe involving more than 50 leading scholars and experts on differentiation. TEPSA’s presence in 35 European countries further enlarges the projects’ geographical scope.

More information here. 

IPC Working Brief Series: Assessing the Potential of EU Agencies for the Future of EU-Turkey Relations

Part I: Turkey's Full Membership without Voting Rights in the EEA and EMCDDA

Assessing the Potential of EU Agencies for the Future of EU-Turkey Relations, Part I: Turkey's Full Membership without Voting Rights in the EEA and EMCDDA. Kaeding, M. & Krull, F. (2021). IPC Policy Brief.

Currently, Turkey plays a particularly privileged role in two EU agencies: the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). To assess the dynamics and potential of EU agencies to strengthen Turkey-EU relations, we focus on this relationship and Turkey’s existing involvement in the EEA and EMCDDA over the last twenty years. We show that despite similarities, Turkey’s involvement in EU agencies varies between these two agencies in various dimensions. To conclude, we recommend strengthening the idea of transgovernmental outreach and consider that EU agencies, which are driven by policy sector-specific interdependencies, are a valuable asset for both Turkey and the EU as the road to EU membership remains uncertain.


Part 2: A Systematic Mapping of Cooperation Between EU Agencies and Turkey (1999-2021)

Assessing the Potential of EU Agencies for the Future of EU-Turkey Relations, Part 2: A Systematic Mapping of Cooperation Between EU Agencies and Turkey (1999-2021)Kaeding, M. (2021). IPC Policy Brief.

To showcase the dynamics and potential of EU agencies for EU-Turkey relations, this contribution focuses on Turkey’s role across EU agencies, mapping its bilateral and ad hoc working arrangements with them (1999–2021). This year, Turkey has engaged with 18 out of 34 decentralized EU agencies. Turkey’s involvement in EU agencies is manifold, covers various policy areas, and has proven itself for more than 20 years. For the future of EU-Turkey relations, EU agencies seem to offer a valuable “participatory form of external differentiation” worth pursuing for both the EU and Turkey.

Part 3: Mapping EU Agencies' Coverage in the Turkish Press (2002-2021)

Assessing the Potential of EU Agencies for the Future of EU-Turkey Relations, Part 3: Mapping EU Agencies' Coverage in the Turkish Press (2002-2021). Kaeding, M., & Demirpolat, Z. (2021). IPC Policy Brief.

As an EU candidate country, Turkey aspires to be part of Europe’s future. EU agencies play a pivotal role in shaping this future. While Turkey’s relations with EU agencies have taken a variety of forms, this policy brief assesses the relevance and perception of EU agencies in Turkey through focusing on media coverage of EU agencies in the Turkish media. Assessing the Turkish media coverage of EU agencies for the last 20 years, we find that EU agencies have attracted more and more attention across Turkish media over the last few years. But while some EU agencies attract near-constant media coverage, there are still a few that have received limited media coverage or none at all despite their relevance for EU-Turkey relations. Turkish media can play a crucial role in informing the Turkish public about EU agencies and their role in shaping Europe’s future, with great potential for the future of EU-Turkey relations.

Editor of the Future of Europe series by Springer Verlag

About this book series

The “Future of Europe” series consists of monographs and edited volumes analyzing topical European issues from the perspective of each EU Member State and neighboring countries, helping to understand the different aspects of the future of the European project. It aims at combining two goals: high quality research-based and/or informed contributions stimulating pan-European national and European, academic and non-academic discussions around the “Future of Europe”, involving preferably leading academic scholars and practitioners.
The series provides an authoritative library on the Future of the European Union ranging, amongst others, from general conceptual texts to assessments of countries, regions, key institutions and actors, policies and policy processes. Books in the series represent up-to-date sought-after sources of information and analysis reflecting the most up-to-date research and assessments of aspects related to the Future of Europe. Particular attention is paid to accessibility and clear presentation for a wide audience of students, practitioners and interested general readers.
Editorial board
Prof. Dr. Michael Kaeding, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
Prof. Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Sabancı University, Turkey.
Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak, Webster Vienna Private University, Austria.

Latest research contributions

New Publication: Climate Change and the Future of Europe Views from the Capitals

Climate Change and the Future of Europe Views from the Capitals. Kaeding, M., Pollak, J. and Paul Schmidt (Ed.) (2023). Springer International Publishing.

While the ambitious objectives outlined in the EU’s Green Deal aim at making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, national implementation greatly varies depending on local geographies, history, culture, economics, and politics. This book analyses Member States’ and EU neighbours’ national efforts to combat climate change. It subsequently draws on these factors to highlight local challenges, tensions, and opportunities on the road towards climate neutrality. In the context of inter-country dependencies following Russia’s war against Ukraine, it addresses strategic questions regarding EU integration, the transformation of our economies, the reduction of energy dependencies, and public perception of the above. The book also makes concrete recommendations, in various policy areas, on how individual countries and the EU as a whole should deal with the climate crisis.

New Publication: Candidate Countries’ Engagement with European Union Agencies – Alternative Modes of EU Integration?

Candidate Countries’ Engagement with European Union Agencies – Alternative Modes of EU Integration? Kaeding, M. and Marko Milenković (2023). Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

Decentralized EU agencies have played an important role in the Union’s institutional landscape over the last three decades. Various engagement logics and types of cooperation have previously been investigated for the European Economic Area and EU Eastern Partnership countries, but not for the five countries that received EU candidate status by 2021—Turkey and four Western Balkans countries—Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, and Northern Macedonia. Covering the period between 1999 and 2001 analysis found that 23 out of 34 agencies observed had some type of engagement with these candidates, while serving both EU’s broader foreign policy interests and advancing the sector-specific alignment of candidates. This also suggests that it is possible to frame these engagements as a form of external EU differentiation.

New Publication: Russia and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals

Russia and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals. Kaeding, M., Pollak, J. and Paul Schmidt (Ed.) (2022). Springer International Publishing.

This book sheds light on how Member States and EU neighbours relate to Russia. It includes their historical, financial and political ties, as well as the public perception of the national population vis-à-vis Russia. Each chapter builds on these factors to elucidate the country’s position towards Russia and provides a prediction on the future of these relations. This volume shows the diverse relations that the EU member states and neighbours have with Russia, spanning from tense and confrontational to more eased and friendly, highlighting the contrasts between the national state and the EU as a whole. The book also presents the reader with concrete aspects in different policy areas, via recommendations on how single countries and the EU should deal with Russia. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24th February 2022 will change the relationship between the West and Putin’s Russia for decades to come. No doubt that this blatant violation of International Law and the incomprehensible human suffering of Ukrainian citizens will massively change the attitude of the countries analysed in this book.

New Publication: External differentiation: Turkey ́s role in EU agencies

External differentiation: Turkey ́s role in EU agencies. Kaeding, M., Milenković, M. (2021) InDivEU Working Paper. RSC 2021/85.

Decentralized EU agencies stand for solutions to European problems assisting in designing and implementing Europe ́s future. An often-neglected feature is the growing outreach of EU agencies towards third countries as a ́participatory form of external differentiation ́. To showcase the dynamic and potential of EU agencies for accession countries this contribution focuses on Turkey ́s role across EU agencies assessing its working arrangements with EU agencies (1999- 2021). We find that Turkey engages with 18 EU agencies in different forms, covering various policy areas and driven by different logics of action.

New Publication: EU agencies and Brexit: Assessing the implications of Brexit for EU agencies

EU agencies and Brexit: Assessing the implications of Brexit for EU agencies.Kaeding, M. (2021). EU3D Research Paper No. 20.

This chapter considers implications of Brexit for a set of actors which are often neglected, but without whom the future of Europe has become unthinkable: EU decentralised agencies. It assesses the EU agencies‘role during the Brexit negotiations and those on the future EU-UK relations. It shows how the UK moved from a decisive and respected EU decision maker during 47 years of full EU membership in all EU agencies to one of many rule takers with the status of ‘just another third country’ – despite geographical proximity and considerable EU-UK sector-specific interdependencies. At the end, the chapter discusses the next steps involved in giving effect to the provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on EU agencies and their future relationship with the UK, bearing in mind that ‘uncertainties and contestation about Brexit are only beginning to be resolved’.

New Publication: European Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals

European Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals. Kaeding, M., Pollak, J. and Paul Schmidt (Ed.) (2022). Springer International Publishing.

This book sheds light on how member states and EU neighbors reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of European solidarity, what they expect from the EU, and other member states, and how they are ready to contribute to common action. The volume reveals how European countries experience and perceive solidarity from the EU and towards the EU in different policy dimensions, such as intra-EU mobility, healthcare and financial and economic aspects of Europe’s recovery. The book offers national perspectives and perceptions of solidarity and concrete aspects in different policy areas. It includes a Foreword by the Vice-presidents of the European Parliament Katarina Barley and Othmar Karas.

New Publication: Political equality without social equality? Social distortion of voter turnout in the European elections 2019 across nine European capitals

Political equality without social equality? Social distortion of voter turnout in the European elections 2019 across nine European capitals.  Haußner, S., Kaeding, M. (2020), in: Research&Politics (2019 European Parliament Elections Special Issue)

Although we know a lot about why citizens vote or abstain in elections, the social inequality of low turnout in European elections has attracted little attention. This paper focuses on voter turnout in the last 2019 European elections and examines whether low voter turnout in second-order elections is automatically associated with high social inequality, using Tingsten’s law as inspiration. By contrasting a second-order election with other high and low turnout elections, the paper deepens our understanding of the mechanisms behind low turnout in European elections. Following the argument that the macrolevel social imbalances of low turnout can best be analysed at the neighbourhood level, we develop a small-scale analysis of turnout across nine capitals of the European Union for the 2019 European Parliament (election and perform a regression model with interaction effects to examine the effects between different types of elections. Our results do not find differences in the effect of neighbourhoods’ social context on voter turnout between these elections. Although turnout in all cities is socially biased across all types of elections, jeopardising the ideal of political equality across Europe, we find no evidence that the 2019 European Parliament elections were more socially unequal than other elections – regardless of their second-order nature.

New Publication: R&P Special Issue: European elections 2019

New Publication: Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals

Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals, Kaeding, M.,  Pollak, J. and P. Schmidt(Ed.) (2020). Palgrave Mcmillian.​

This This book sheds light on how the increasing prominence of Eurosceptic and nationalist parties is having an impact on the thinking of mainstream parties, their representatives in the European Parliament, and the future of Europe. It provides perspectives on the future of the European project from authors in all the EU Member States, as well as neighbouring European countries and potential applicant nations.With many Eurosceptic parties now in national government or exerting influence over the national debate, this book maps and analyses the nature and impact of Euroscepticism and nationalism in the different party systems of Europe. As national political parties are the gatekeepers of the process of political representation, they play a pivotal role in mobilizing civil society and in setting the political agenda. They shape politics at a national level, but also determine the way in which Europe plays out—or does not play out—as a political issue. Thus, it is from the national capitals that the very future of Europe emerges. ​​Wortwolke Eu

New Publication: Die Europawahl 2019: Ringen um die Zukunft Europas

Die Europawahl 2019: Ringen um die Zukunft Europas, Kaeding, M., Müller, M. und J. Schmälter (Hrsg.) (2020), VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Eine erstmals steigende Wahlbeteiligung, eine deutliche Veränderung der Mehrheitsverhältnisse und großer Streit um das Spitzenkandidaten-Verfahren: Die Europawahl 2019 war bewegt wie wenige zuvor. Dieses Buch bietet eine Analyse ihrer zahlreichen Facetten. Schwerpunkte liegen hierbei auf den europäischen Parteien und den Veränderungen in der Parteienlandschaft, der Rolle der Spitzenkandidaten, der öffentlichen Auseinandersetzung, der Wahlbeteiligung und dem Wahlverhalten sowie einem Ausblick auf das neue Parlament. Über Analysen der Europaforschung hinaus sind Perspektiven aus unterschiedlichen Subdisziplinen der (vergleichenden) Politikwissenschaft wie der Wahl-, Parteien-, Kommunikations- oder Regierungsforschung vertreten. Den Beitrag finden Sie hier.

New Publication: Europaskeptizismus und die Zukunft Europas. Ansichten aus den Hauptstädten

Europaskeptizismus und die Zukunft Europas. Ansichten aus den Hauptstädten Kaeding, M., Pollak, J. und P. Schmidt (2020), in: Integration, S. 136-143.

Based on a new anthology on the future of Europe in the light of Euroscepticism, this article examines how the increasing prominence of Eurosceptic and nationalist parties is affecting the thinking of mainstream parties, their representatives in the European Parliament and the future of European integration. The publication of the anthology is timed to coincide with the strategic vision of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Parliament as well as with the next phase of the negotiations on the future relations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom and the Conference on the Future of Europe. It maps and analyses 39 national perspectives from all EU Member States as well as from neighbouring European countries and potential candidate countries.

You can find the article here. 


New Publication: Europa im Kreuzfeuer der Argumente: Debattierwettbewerbe in der politikwissenschaftlichen Hochschullehre

Europa im Kreuzfeuer der Argumente: Debattierwettbewerbe in der politikwissenschaftlichen HochschullehreFreiseM. und MKaeding (2019), in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, S. 1-11.

Seit nunmehr vier Jahren richtet der Jean-Monnet-Lehrstuhl für Europäische Integration und Europapolitik der Universität Duisburg-Essen den Wettbewerb „NRW debattiert Europa“ aus. Anliegen des Wettbewerbs ist es, Studierende der politikwissenschaftlichen Institute im Bundesland zusammenzubringen und europapolitische Fragestellungen kontrovers zu diskutieren. Zugleich soll das Format dazu beitragen, die Argumentationsfähigkeit und das Debattiervermögen zu steigern, indem die Studierenden vor einem großen Publikum und unter der Aufsicht einer neutralen Jury aus der politischen Praxis Debatten im sogenannten Wartburgformat führen. Mittlerweile nehmen sechs politikwissenschaftliche Institute an der jährlichen Veranstaltung in Duisburg teil. In ihrem Beitrag beschreiben die beiden Autoren ihre Erfahrungen mit dem Projekt und motivieren dazu, dieses Format zu übernehmen. Den vollständigen Beitrag finden Sie hier.


New Publication: Party group coordinators and rapporteurs: Discretion and agency loss along the European Parliament’s chains of delegation

Party group coordinators and rapporteurs: Discretion and agency loss along the European Parliament’s chains of delegationObholzer, L., Hurka, S., and M. Kaeding (2019), in: European Union Politics 0 (0), pp. 1-22.

The European Parliament organizes its legislative activities along two chains of delegation to the rapporteurs – one institutional, one partisan. We analyse discretion and agency loss along these chains of delegation from the perspective of party group coordinators who select the rapporteur on behalf of the party group. Do coordinators minimize agency loss towards their national party, their European party group, the committee median or the plenary median when allocating reports? Data from the 2009–2014 legislative term demonstrate that coordinators tend to select rapporteurs who are close to their own national party’s ideal point on the integration dimension. This has important implications for intra-parliamentary and intra-party delegation, party group cohesion and broader policy-making in the European Union.


New Publication: The Future of Europe

The Future of Europe. Views from the Capitals, Kaeding, M., Pollak, J. and P. Schmidt (Ed.) (2018). Palgrave Mcmillian: Hampshire.

With a Foreword by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, this book sheds light on the political dynamics within the EU member states and contributes to the discussions about Europe. Authors from all member states as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey assess how their country could get more involved in the European debate, taking the reader on a journey through various political landscapes and different views. The chapters cover issues ranging from a perceived lack of ambition at the periphery to a careful balancing act between diverse standpoints at the geographical centre. Yet, discussions share common features such as the anxiety regarding national sovereignty, the migration and border discourse, security concerns as well as the obvious need to regain trust and create policies that work. The book contributes vigorously to the debate about Europe in all capitals and every corner of the continent, because this is where its future will be decided.


New Publication: Sitting between European Politics and National Constraints: The Political Economy of the European Central Bank

Sitting between European Politics and National Constraints: The Political Economy of the European Central Bank, Sebastian Heidebrecht and Michael Kaeding (2018), in: Capital and Credit Markets (1).

Beyond core functions of central banking, the European Central Bank (ECB) plays a pivotal role in the new European economic and financial governance framework. In the aftermath of the financial crisis the social and institutional embeddedness of the Central Bank, as well as the legal architecture have changed significantly, the Central Bank’s relations with European and international institutions, EU member states and its public have been redefined. Against this backdrop, this special issue aims at analyzing these recent developments by bringing together insights from different disciplines, such as political science, economics, law, and sociology. Senior and junior scholars and practitioners out of the field apply qualitative as well as quantitative research designs focusing on the political economy of the ECB sitting between European politics and national constraints. The researched questions will be: Why has the ECB become a political leader by default in the new European governance structure?, What are the legal contradictions of institutional changes and unconventional monetary policy of the ECB, and the role of the public on European central banking?, What lessons should be learned from the new inter-institutional setting for a safe drive on the road ahead of a more stable European governance structure? Please click here for the full issue.


New Publication: Pharmacovigilance in the European Union

Pharmacovigilance in the European Union Michael KaedingJulia Schmälter und Christoph Kilka Wiesbaden: Springer

The book presents the results of an in-depth comparative study assessing the implementation of the EU Pharmacovigilance Directive in six EU Member States. By going beyond legal transposition and instead focusing on practical implementation, this study aims to close a gap in EU compliance research. Based on qualitative interviews with relevant actors in Germany, Poland, Portugal, France, Finland and the UK, the authors identify perceived challenges and best-practices, issue recommendations, and thereby contribute to a better understanding of the factors that incentivize or impede the practical implementation of EU drug safety at the national level.


New Publication: Nichtwähler in Europa, Deutschland und Nordrhein-Westfalen

Nichtwähler in Europa, Deutschland und Nordrhein-Westfalen, Michael Kaeding, Stefan Haußner und Morten Pieper (2016) Wiesbaden: Springer

Das Nichtwähler-Problem analysiert: Dieser 2016 erscheinende Band bietet eine aktuelle Bestandsaufnahme der bestehenden Literatur zur sinkenden Wahlbeteiligung in Europa, Deutschland und Nordrhein-Westfalen. Er analysiert die damit verbundene soziale Schieflage auf den verschiedenen Ebenen ergänzt um eigene Analysen und Fallstudien. Er zeigt, dass die soziale Schieflage der Wahlbeteiligung zu einer erheblichen Verschiebung des politischen Angebots und Nachfrage führt. Die aktuell diskutierten Lösungsmöglichkeiten greifen diese Kernprobleme allerdings nicht an, nur die Einführung einer gesetzlichen Wahlteilnahmepflicht ist dazu in der Lage. Dieser Band sucht abschließend konsensuale Fakten, zeigt Lücken auf und bezieht Stellung, wie das Problem der sozialen Schieflage der niedrigen Wahlbeteiligung gelöst werden kann. Der Band wendet sich an Studierende und Lehrende der Sozialwissenschaften, Praktiker, Journalisten und Wissenschaftler im Bereich der Wahlforschung, sowie an weiterführende Schulen und Erwachsenenbildung.


New Publication: Learning on the job? EU enlargement and the assignment of (shadow) rapporteurships in the European Parliament

Learning on the job? EU enlargement and the assignment of (shadow) rapporteurships in the European Parliament, Steffen Hurka, Michael Kaeding and Lukas Obholzer. In: Journal of Common Market Studies.

This article investigates the determinants of assignments to European Parliament negotiating teams comprising both rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs. We re-examine the argument that underrepresentation of MEPs from new member states on these key posts after enlargement might have been due to a ‘learning phase’. We find that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from newer Member states remain considerably less likely to act as rapporteurs during the second term after enlargement (2009-2014). Most importantly, this trend also holds for shadow rapporteurs under the co-decision procedure, that is when they matter most. This structural underrepresentation has potentially important implications for European integration: MEPs from newer Member States are arguably less able to influence legislation. We suggest three readings of the results by asking whether MEPs from these countries are less willing, lacking skills, or disadvantaged. Future research on rapporteurship allocation and legislative careers should seek to answer these questions.


New Publication: Legislative Scrutiny? The Political Economy and Practice of Legislative Vetoes in the European Union

Legislative Scrutiny? The Political Economy and Practice of Legislative Vetoes in the European Union, Kaeding Michael, Kevin Stack (2015), in: Journal of Common Market Studies.

Since 2006, the European Commission has been granted the power to amend legislative acts and not simply implement them. In return, the European Parliament and Council of Ministers have a means to veto Commission actions under the so-called “regulatory procedure with scrutiny” and post-Lisbon “delegated acts”. Based on principles of political economy, we hypothesize that these formal means of oversight will be invoked very infrequently by Parliament and the Council. Using an original data set of legislative vetoes of administrative acts by both legislators from June 2006- April 2014, we show that levels of the formal exercise of the legislative veto to overrule the Commission’s regulatory policies are indeed very low without significant differences between the two European legislators.


New Publication: Die Europawahl 2014

Die Europawahl 2014 - Spitzenkandidaten, Protestparteien und Nichtwähler, Kaeding, Michael und Niko Switek (Hrsg.) Wiesbaden: Springer.

Welche Neuerungen brachte die Europawahl 2014? Wie prägten die Spitzenkandidaten Wahl und Wahlkampf? Was bedeuten die Gewinne der Protestparteien und die hohe Zahl an Nichtwählern? Die Beiträge in diesem Band diskutieren diese und weitere zentrale Aspekte der Europawahl 2014. Im Besonderen stehen einzelne Mitgliedsstaaten, die Auswirkungen von Finanz- und Schuldenkrise, die Rolle europäischer Parteien und die Konsequenzen der Wahl für das Regieren auf europäischer Ebene im Fokus. Zudem umfasst der Band seltene außereuropäische Perspektiven auf den Wahl(aus)gang und die Beiträge zweier Präsidenten des Europäischen Parlaments (Martin Schulz und Klaus Hänsch).

Weitere Informationen sowie den Zugang zum Ebook des Sammelbandes finden Sie hier.


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