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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:D687 Loeb Building

Associate Professor

Achim Hurrelmann (Dipl.-Pol. University of Hamburg, 2000; Dr. rer. pol. University of Bremen, 2004) is Associate Professor of Political Science. He is Co-Director (with Joan DeBardeleben) of the Centre for European Studies (CES), a Carleton University Research Centre focused on European affairs. He is cross-appointed to the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS).

Achim’s scholarly work focuses on the politics of the European Union. He is particularly interested in political discourses about European integration (in parliaments, the media, and among citizens), democracy and legitimacy in the EU, as well as Canada-Europe relations. With Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly and Amy Verdun, he has recently published European Union Governance and Policy Making: A Canadian Perspective (University of Toronto Press 2018), the first textbook on EU politics focused explicitly on a Canadian readership. His research articles have appeared in some of the leading journals in the field, including European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, and Journal of European Public Policy.

Achim has been awarded a number of research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and other granting agencies. In cooperation with Petra Dolata, Patrick Leblond, and Frédéric Mérand, he is currently working on a project that examines “The Reconfiguration of Canada-Europe Relations after Brexit”, supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024). As applicant or co-applicant, he has also been awarded various grants to support the Centre for European Studies, including most recently funding from the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme for a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2019-2022).

The main fields of Achim’s teaching are EU politics, comparative politics (with a focus on Europe), as well as democratic and state theory. He has also taught introductory courses in the fields of Political Science and European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. In 2011, he was awarded the Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Award.

Selected Publications (see CV for full list)

‘Legitimacy and European Union Politics’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford University Press (2019),

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

‘The Politicization of European Integration: More than an Elite Affair?’, Political Studies, Vol. 63, No. 1 (2015), 43-59 (co-authored with Anna Gora and Andrea 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 Anna Gora and Andrea 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 Zuzana Krell-Laluhová, Frank Nullmeier, Steffen Schneider, and Achim 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 Joan DeBardeleben).