I am currently teaching these courses:

  • The EU Between Market Constitution and Market Correction (Master Seminar at the Department for International Business Administration)
  • The EU’s Regulatory Policies (Extracurricular Seminar at the Department of Political Science)

Please see u:space or, if you are enrolled as student, the respective Moodle sites for course details and past teaching. I don’t have office hours at the moment, so just sent me an email to fix an appointment.


The latest special issue of Environmental Policy and Governance features a paper that I wrote on policy-coherence in the EU’s energy efficiency policy. I had prepared this paper originally for a workshop in Cambridge on EU energy policy, organized by Luigi Carafa, and presented it on various occasions in the meantime. In the paper, I argue that the multiple venues available to policy-makers ensure greater coherence between policy measures and policy goals (internal coherence) than would otherwise be the case in a system that relies strongly on positional bargaining.


Yesterday, I finally received a long-awaited parcel with volumes of my book”The EU’s Green Dynamism: Deadlock and Change in Energy and Environmental Policy”, fresh from the press. The book emerged from my dissertation in which I set out to explore the EU’s capacity for effective problem-solving in environmental protection. The project began while I was doing research in Christian Joerges’ and Josef Falke’s interdisciplinary (law and politics) project on “Social Regulation in Transnational Structures” at the now defunct Collaborative Research Centre 597 on the “Transformations of the State”.


After Dieselgate, is the enforcement of car emission standards moving to Brussels? I’ve written a short analysis for Treffpunkt Europa here. Unfortunately, the contribution is available in German only.



. European Environmental Policy at 50. Five Decades of Escaping Decision Traps?. Environmental Policy and Governance (forthcoming), 2019.


. Waiting for Merkron: The Franco-German Relationship and Eurozone Reform after the Elections. College of Europe Policy Brief 8, 2017.


. Wer ist der Hüter des Europäischen Konstitutionalismus nach der Finanzkrise?. In Hans-Jürgen Bieling and Martin Große Hüttmann (Eds.), Europäische Staatlichkeit: Zwischen Krise und Integration (157-176). Wiesbaden: Springer, 2015.

. Deliberative Supranationalism in the Euro Crisis? The European Central Bank and the European Council in Times of Conflict. In Christian Joerges and Carola Glinski (Eds.), The European Crisis and the Transformation of Transnational Governance (245-68). Oxford: Hart, 2014.

. Sozialregulierungsfähigkeit als Normativer Standard in der empirischen Politikwissenschaft?. In Josef Falke and Christian Joerges (Eds.) Handelsliberalisierung und Sozialregulierung in Transnationalen Konstellationen (327-54). Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2013.

. Entscheidungshürden und Antriebskräfte bei der Verminderung von CO2-Emissionen von PKW. In Josef Falke and Christian Joerges (Eds.), Handelsliberalisierung und Sozialregulierung in Transnationalen Konstellationen (189-43). Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2013.

. Der Steuerpolitische ‘Aktivismus’ des Bundesverfassungsgerichts als Pfadabhängige Entwicklung. Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 32(1): 7–26, 2012.

Preprint online

. Review: Karen Alter: The European Court’s Political Power. EUSA Review 24(3): 10–11, 2011.

. Some Reflections on the Use of Theories and Typologies: A Comment on Frerichs. In Christian Joerges (Ed.) After Globalisation. New Patterns of Conflict and Their Sociological and Legal Re-Constructions (279-84). Oslo: ARENA Center for European Studies, 2011.

. Probleme evaluierender Demokratieforschung. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 21(2): 201–34, 2011.

. Review: Uwe Pütter: Die Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik der EU. Politische Vierteljahresschrift 51(2): 388–90, 2010.

. Mehr Globalisierung, weniger Wohlfahrtsstaat?. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften 20(1): 158–80, 2009.