27 Sep

Interim Professor at the Brandt School

Covering for the Franz Haniel Chair for Public Policy

In the Winter Term 2017/18,  I will be Interim Franz Haniel Professor for Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt.

During this time, I will be on leave at the Bavarian School of Public Policy at the Technical University of Munich [see contact details].

Founded in 2002 “as Germany’s first professional school of public policy, the Brandt School incorporates the vision of its name patron that the world is fundamentally interconnected and interdependent, that local solutions require global understanding, and that responsible policy-making means to boldly think outside of the box” [Read More]

I look forward to an exciting Winter Term!

23 Sep

ISA San Francisco 2018 Program Announced

59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, 4-7 April 2018, San Francisco

The ISA has announced its program for the 2018 convention. I’m excited to be involved with papers in two panels. The first panel on parliaments and security policy includes papers that are part of a forthcoming special issue of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations (co-edited with Dirk Peters). The other panel focuses on the politics of multinational military operations:


Parliaments in Foreign Policy Analysis


The Politics of Multinational Military Operations


I’m also taking part in a methods café and a roundtable, and serving as discussant for one session of the Junior Scholar Symposium. The methods café is an ISA Innovative Panel that brings together scholars that represent diverse methods and approaches in foreign policy analysis (co-organized with Falk Ostermann). The methods café format provides an informal setting where participants can meet panelists at separate tables to discuss methods-related questions. The roundtable sponsored by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States looks into US-Canadian relations after the first year of the Trump Administration (organized by Carolyn C. James).


Methods Café: Foreign Policy Analysis - Methods and Approaches


US Foreign Policy and Canada After the Elections: First Year Review


The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy


See the full ISA 2018 program here.

06 Sep

ECPR General Conference, Oslo 2017

Panel P050: “Closed and Coopted? Parliamentary
Oversight when Security is at Stake”

Paper: “The Unintended Consequences of
Parliamentary War Powers: A Comparative
Analysis of Canada and Germany” (with Philippe Lagassé)

Abstract: This paper argues that there is a need to question whether parliamentary war powers actually lead to the intended effects of increased democratic deliberation and responsiveness. We compare the unintended consequences of parliamentary votes on the use of force in two ‘most-different cases’: Canada and Germany. Despite substantive differences in the formal war powers of their parliaments, we find that military deployment votes on Afghanistan led to less democratic deliberation and responsiveness. Applying rationalist institutionalism, we argue that the deployment votes incentivized major parties to collude together to lessen debate on the Afghan mission, despite increasing public opposition and media attention. Rather than enhancing deliberation and responsiveness, as assumed by proponents of greater parliamentary war powers, these parliamentary votes effectively diminished the willingness of parties to debate the mission.

A PDF of the conference program can be accessed here. [More Information]