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Achim Hurrelmann

Politics of the European Union; Comparative politics of European states; Democratic and state theory

Degrees:Dipl.-Pol. (Hamburg) PhD (Bremen)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2294
Office:3305 River Building

Associate Professor

Achim Hurrelmann (Dipl.-Pol. University of Hamburg, 2000; Dr. rer. pol. University of Bremen, 2005) is Associate Professor of Political Science. He currently serves as Director of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) and as Associate Director of the Centre for European Studies (CES). He holds the Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union”.

Achim is one of the leading Canadian scholars of European integration. He has published two monographs and six edited volumes, most recently The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas (ed. with Steffen Schneider, Palgrave Macmillan 2015). His articles have appeared in some of the top journals in the field, including European Journal of Political Research, Political Studies, European Political Science Review, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, European Law Journal, and Politische Vierteljahresschrift.

He has held two research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) as well as a transatlantic cooperation grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In his role as Associate Director of CES, he was co-applicant (with Joan DeBardeleben) on two successful applications for grants from the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) program.

His research in recent years has focused on questions of politicization, legitimation and democratization in EU multilevel governance. His current project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, examines whether (and how) the Eurozone financial crisis has led to an increased politicization of EU affairs in the European population, and what implications such politicization trends have had on democratic institutions and practices in EU multilevel governance.

Achim has served as an elected member of the Governing Board of the European Community Studies Association-Canada (ECSA-C) since 2010. He was program chair for the 2012 ECSA-C Biennial Conference and section chair for comparative politics at the 2012 CPSA Annual Conference. In addition, he has co-organized several research workshops at Canadian and German universities. He has also served on a SSHRC adjudication committee for the Insight Grant competition.

Achim teaches in the areas of comparative politics, European integration, and state theory. In 2011, he was awarded the Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Award.

Selected Publications (see CV for full list)

‘The Eurozone Crisis and Citizen Engagement in EU Affairs’, West European Politics, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2016), 104-124 (co-authored with S. Baglioni).

‘The Politicization of European Integration: More than an Elite Affair?’, Political Studies, Vol. 63, No. 1 (2015), 43-59 (co-authored with A. Gora and A. Wagner).

‘Democracy beyond the State: Some Insights from the European Union’, Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 129, No. 1 (2014), 87-106.

‘The Legitimation of the European Union in the News Media: Three Treaty Reform Debates’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 20, No. 4 (2013), 515-34 (co-authored with A. Gora and A. Wagner).

‘Why the Democratic Nation State is Still Legitimate: A Study of Media Discourses’, European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 48, No. 4 (2009), 483-515 (co-authored with Z. Krell-Laluhová, F. Nullmeier, S. Schneider, and A. Wiesner)

‘Democratic Dilemmas in EU Multilevel Governance: Untangling the Gordian Knot’, European Political Science Review, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2009), 229-247 (co-authored with J. DeBardeleben).

‘European Democracy, the “Permissive Consensus”, and the Collapse of the EU Constitution’, European Law Journal, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2007), 343-359.