Politics of the European Union

Research focus

Research in this area is organized as part of the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS). It covers such topics as the EU’s institutional development, interest group politics in the EU, the EU’s security policy, and the EU’s external relations. Since 2002 this area of scholarship has been under the direction of Prof. Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann.



The following personnel of the Department of Political Science is doing research and teaches in the field of politics of the European Union:


Research projects

Faculty members of the department of political science participate in research projects which are carried out at the interdisciplinary Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS). Currently, the following externally financed research projects are carried out at SCEUS:

YearRecent Publications
2019Martinsen, Dorte/Michael Blauberger/Anita Heindlmaier/Jessica Sampson Thierry (2019). Implementing European case law at the bureaucratic frontline: How domestic signalling influences the outcomes of EU law, in: Public Administration, 97(4), 814–828. [ Link]
2018Blauberger, Michael/Anita Heindlmaier/Dion Kramer/Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen/Jessica Sampson Thierry/Jessica Sampson Thierry/Angelika Schenk/Benjamin Werner (2018). ECJ Judges read the morning papers. Explaining the turnaround of European citizenship jurisprudence, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 1422-1441. [ Link]
Rittberger, Berthold/Michael Blauberger (2018). Introducing the debate section: ‘The EU in crisis: EU studies in crisis?’, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 25(3), 436–439. [ Link]
Schmidt, Susanne K./Michael Blauberger/Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen (2018). Free movement and equal treatment in an unequal union, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 25(10), 1391–1402. [ Link]
2017Blauberger, Michael/R. Daniel Kelemen (2017). Can courts rescue national democracy? Judicial safeguards against democratic backsliding in the EU, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 24(3), 321–336. [ Link]
Blauberger, Michael/Berthold Rittberger (2017). A rejoinder to Tarrant and Kelemen: A rejoinder to Tarrant and Kelemen, in: Regulation & Governance, 11(2), 223–227. [ Link]
Blauberger, Michael/Susanne K. Schmidt (2017a). The European Court of Justice and its political impact, in: West European Politics, 40(4), 907–918. [ Link]
Blauberger, Michael/Susanne K. Schmidt (2017b). Free Movement, the Welfare State, and the European Union’s Over-Constitutionalization: Administrating Contradictions, in: Public Administration, 95(2), 437-449. [ Link]
Heindlmaier, Anita/Michael Blauberger (2017). Enter at Your Own Risk: Free Movement of EU Citizens in Practice, in: West European Politics, 40(6), 1198–1217. [ Link]
Kelemen, R. Daniel/Michael Blauberger (2017). Introducing the debate: European Union safeguards against member states’ democratic backsliding, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 24(3), 317–320. [ Link]
Leemann, Lucas/Fabio Wasserfallen (2017). Extending the Use and Prediction Precision of Subnational Public Opinion Estimation, in: American Journal of Political Science, 61(4), 1003–1022. [ Link]
2016Blauberger, Michael (2016). Europäischer Schutz gegen nationale Demokratiedefizite?, in: Leviathan, 44(2), 280–302. [ Link]
Gilardi, Fabrizio/Fabio Wasserfallen (2016). How Socialization Attenuates Tax Competition, in: British Journal of Political Science, 46(1), 45–65. [ Link]
Leemann, Lucas/Fabio Wasserfallen (2016). The Democratic Effect of Direct Democracy, in: American Political Science Review, 110(4), 750–762. [ Link]
Wasserfallen, Fabio (2016). Policy Diffusion Research and Public Policy in Europe, in: Ongaro Edoardo/Sandra van Thiel (eds.): The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe, Basingstoke/Houndmills (forthcoming).
Weiss, Moritz/Michael Blauberger (2016). Judicialized Law-Making and Opportunistic Enforcement: Explaining the EU’s Challenge of National Defence Offsets, in: JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(2), 444–462. [ Link]

Complete lists of publications of the staff members in politics of the European Union may be found on their personal websites.