I am the director of the Centre for European Research (CERGU) and associate professor at the Political Science Department at the University of Gothenburg. I have previously been a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and a research fellow at Sussex European Institute, Sussex University and at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm. I received my PhD from the University of Gothenburg in 2004. My dissertation was awarded the 2006 Jean Blondel PhD Thesis Prize.
I have worked with a relatively broad range of research questions during my research career, including lobbying and interest group politics, transparency, corruption, international governmental negotiations, deliberative democratic theory and, more recently, judicial politics. Much of the empirical focus has been on politics within the European Union, which I find a fascinating political system for political scientists to study.
My recent and current research projects deal with
- EU governments' interventions before the European Court of Justice
- Network relations and negotiations in the EU Council of Ministers
- Effects of transparency on decision-making and legitimacy
- Lobbying and framing in the European Union
- Research on interest group populations in Sweden and Europe
You will find more information on these projects in the left hand panel on this page.
One of the publications I am most proud of is the book Deliberation Behind Closed Doors: Transparency and Lobbying in the European Union (ECPR Press 2007). Other recent publications include "Out in the Cold? Flexible Integration and the Political Status of Euro Opt Outs" (with Rutger Lindahl), which received the Sage Award for best article published in European Union Politics, Volume 11 (2010), “Least common when most important. Deliberation in the EU Council of Ministers”, British Journal of Political Science (2010), "Transparency Is Not Enough. Making Transparency Effective in Reducing Corruption" (with Catharina Lindstedt), International Political Science Review" (2010), and the edited volumes Linking Inter- and Intra-Institutional Change in the European Union (with Anne Rasmussen, special issue in West European Politics 2011, and forthcoming as a book on Routledge 2012) and Unveiling the Council of the European Union (with Helen Wallace, Palgrave 2008).
For a full list of publications see my CV in the left hand panel.
Most of my undergraduate teaching concerns European Union politics and the examination of bachelor and master theses. I also have the privilege of supervising several talented PhD students. I was previously the director of studies for the European Studies programmes at the University of Gothenburg.
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