Christilla Roederer-Rynning

PhD in international studies

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I am a professor (wsr) of comparative European politics at the University of Southern Denmark. 

I research the European polity—its institutional development and democratic legitimacy and resulting tensions of politicization and Europeanization. I have published in a range of premium academic outlets and pursue both journal and book publications. Reflective of my broad educational background—political science (Sciences Po, Paris), European studies (Master in Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex) and international studies (PhD in International Studies, University of South Carolina)—I engage in a diversity of international research projects and partnerships to help define and move the research frontier on EU politics. I pursue mostly qualitative research that is consistently focused on one of three themes. 

The evolution of EU legislative institutions. I have in particular done extensive research into the interaction between formal and informal institutions. This research has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, ES/NO18761/1), as part of the Open Research Area (ORA) project entitled ‘Democratic Legitimacy of the EU: Inside the Black Box of Legislative Trilogues’. It has been published in various outlets, such as West European Politics, the Journal of European Public Policy. I contributed to a Comparative European Politics Symposium on the democratic implications of the Lisbon Treaty. 

Transformation of the European trading state. My work explores the phenomenon of parliamentary assertion and how European parliaments along with mobilized civil society organizations impact on multilateral cooperation. I trace and assess the politicization of trade and investment policies, both at the EU level and at the national level (for example: ‘Missing in Action?, co-authored with S. Meunier on France). With F. Laursen, I have edited ‘The EU and the New Trade Bilateralism’ (Routledge). 

EU policies and policy-making. The policy setting and style of the EU vary enormously across distinct policy areas and I map out and explore this variety of policy-making. In particular, I co-edit Policy-Making in the EU, 8th edition, with Helen Wallace, Mark Pollack, and Alasdair Young (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), where I also write the chapter on the development and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and, together with Alasdair Young, the chapter on the European policy process in a comparative perspective. I have also worked on EU treaties and policy-style, and my article on the Lisbon Treaty, ‘Bringing codecision to agriculture: A Hard Case of Parliamentarization’ (with F. Schimmelfennig, published in the Journal of European Public Policy) was awarded the Best Conference Paper award by the American Political Science Association (APSA), Section European politics and society.  

Research interests

Comparative European politics; European Union politics and policies; legislative institutions; international trade and investment agreements


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