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Lee Ann Bass from Emory at LUH as Guest Lecturer

We welcome Leeann W. LeeAnnBass who is a graduate student from Emory College of Arts and Science. She is also a Ph.D.-candidate  at the Laney Graduate School of Emory University and Woodruff Fellow in Statistical Data Services at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. LeeAnn’s main research field is judicial politics.

You can find more information about LeeAnn here.

She is teaching a class in “Introduction to Applied Statistical Analysis Using R” during June 2016.

New Book: Consultative Committees in the European Union

Our new book is out and can be ordered via ECPR Press.

ECPR PressDiana Panke/Christoph Hönnige/Julia Gollub (2015): Consultative Committees in the European Union. No Vote – No Influence?, ECPR Press

How, and under which conditions, can consultative committees exert influence if they have access to legislators (voice) but no formal veto power (vote)? 

In drawing on the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, this book shows that consultative committees face several challenges when it comes to influencing the content of policies, but are nevertheless sometimes successful in getting their opinions heard. It develops a sender-receiver model and puts it to a comprehensive empirical test. 

A quantitative analysis and three in-depth case studies on the European citizens’ initiative, the European grouping of territorial cooperation and the Liberalisation of Community Postal Services show how capacities, incentives and preferences of consultative committees and legislative decision-makers need to be configured to allow for the influence of the CoR and the EESC. 

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Change to University of Hannover

I will change my institutional affiliation from September 1st, 2014 onwards. I enjoyed my time at Göttingen during the last three years. I look forward to my new position as Chair for Comparative and German Politics at the Institute for Political Science at the Leibniz University Hannover.

My new institutional address is:

Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Politische Wissenschaften
Lehrstuhl für Vergleichende Regierungslehre und
das politische System der BRD
Schneiderberg 50
D-30167 Hannover
Phone 0049 – (0) 511 / 762-4683
Fax 0049 – (0) 511 / 762 – 4199
Email c.hoennige [at]


Andreas Schmid appointed Professor at Hochschule Harz

Dr. Andreas Schmid received his Ph.D. with a thesis entitled “Verwaltungsreform im politischen System: Eine empirische Analyse und Bewertung auf Basis der Reform des Haushalts- und Rechnungswesens öffentlicher Verwaltungen” in 2012 under my supervision. He was appointed Professor at the at the University of Applied Sciences Harz recently. Great news!

ECPR General Conference Glasgow 2014

Sylvain Brouard and Christoph Hönnige will offer a section (S036)on  Law, Courts and Judicial Politics consisting of 8 panels at the next ECPR General Conference in Glasgow from 3.-6.9.2014.

The panels are:

P041 Constitutional Politics in Times of Uncertainty
P052 Courts in Democratic Systems
P053 Courts, Democratisation and Transitional Justice
P054 Courts: Actors, Rules and Incentives
P099 EU Law, Courts and Litigants: Litigation and Governance in a Supranational Polity
P176 Judicial Empowerment and Political Regimes
P177 Judicial Institutions in Authoritarian Regimes and their Implications for Transitional Justice
P179 Judicial Reforms and Public Administration: A Street-Level Bureaucrat Perspective

Sarah Sinram at Uppsala with U4 Network

Sarah Sinram has been to the University of Uppsala within the context of the U4 network (Universities of Groningen, Ghent, Göttingen and Uppsala) from September to December 2013. The stay was financed by a scholarship of the DAAD. We congratulate her! She was working on her Ph.D. thesis on comparative welfare systems under the supervision of the internationally renowned Professor Joakim Palme.

Reports about her stay can be found on the webpage of the U4 network and the uni-inform of the University of Göttingen.