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Measuring interest group access to EU policy makers: what a difference a decade makes

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Ten years ago this week, in May 2010, I moved to Brussels for the first time. I went there to do research for my doctoral thesis, because I wanted to understand how EU interest groups got access to information. I wanted to be in Brussels to go beyond what was accessible on EU websites at the […]

Why I’m leaving university out of love for academia

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Do you know this feeling, when you sit in the corner of the entrance hall of a university building, somewhere in the world, on the sidelines of a conference, lost in a fascinating novel dataset or a paper, while other academics rush by? Or this feeling when dozens of pairs of eyes of students look […]

What happens when the US stops to fund WHO? Learning from UNESCO and UNRWA

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Tonight, the US-President decided to stop funding the World Health Organization (WHO). So let me explain what this means, as I have not only done research on WHO budgeting, but I also took a closer research look at what happened when the US stopped financing UNESCO in 2011 and UNRWA in 2018*. US total financing […]

United Nations Budget 2020: Fifth Committee debate on 27 December 2019 (live blogging)

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Update 1 (28 Dec 2019): Here’s the recording of the first part of the meeting (1h21m), and here the recording of the second part (2h25m). And this is the official UN press release on the Fifth Committee meeting of today. Update 2 (7 Jan 2020): The draft resolution containing the detailed result of the negotiations on […]

Official Secrets — A Movie Review from an Academic Perspective

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We went to see the movie “Official Secrets” this weekend, starring Keira Knightley in the role of Iraq War whistleblower Katharine Gun (UK). The film is based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War”, and earlier this year Gun also talked to The Guardian (podcast) about her story. For the past decade, […]

Why Member States and Donors Create Pathologies in International Organizations

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Together with my colleague Vytautas Jankauskas, I have blogged over at the E-IR blog about our research on the United Nations. The article is titled “How Well-meaning Donors Create the UN Machinery They Don’t Like“. For me, this blog post condenses a few of the ideas that have evolved in my head over the past […]

#EU09vs19 – What has changed in the EU social media sphere since 2009?

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Fellow Euroblogger and friend EuroPasionaria started a blog chain to discuss what has happened in EU blogging and social media in the past decade, especially since the 2009 European Parliament elections until the 2019 European Parliament elections. After La Oreja de Europa has posted her views – in Spanish – here are my five cents in English. If you ask […]

Reform und Finanzierung der Vereinten Nationen – Zum 80. Geburtstag von Klaus Hüfner

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Am vergangenen Dienstag (22. Januar 2019) war ich in Berlin, auf der DGVN-Veranstaltung “UNbezahlbar! Reform und Finanzierung der Vereinten Nationen in bewegten Zeiten” zu Ehren des 80. Geburtstags von Klaus Hüfner. Klaus Hüfner ist seit Jahrzehnten mit Abstand der wichtigste Experte zum Thema UN-Finanzen in Deutschland, und die Veranstaltung war – dieser Expertise angemessen – […]

2019 in Political Science (3) – Gleichstellung und Konflikte

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Ich bin jetzt seit gut vier Jahren stellvertretende Frauenbeauftragte der Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der LMU München. In Bayern nennt sich diese Funktion, nach dem Gesetz, immer noch so – “Frauenbeauftragte”. In anderen Bundesländern heißt es meist “Gleichstellungsbeauftragte(r)”. Aber die Bezeichnung ist mir nicht so wichtig. Wichtig ist, dass sich etwas tut. Und das geht häufig nicht […]

2019 in Political Science (2) – Secrecy in Europe and Academic Trajectories

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I have promised to blog more frequently this year and to share how life and work as a political scientist looks like from my end. For this week’s post, I use the occasion of Vigjilenca Abazi‘s announcement that her monograph “Secrecy and Oversight in the EU” is soon to be published with Oxford University Press (Buy it! Read […]

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