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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, and holds the Jean Monnet Chair “Democracy in the European Union”. Between 2014 and 2018, he served as Director of the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS).

Achim is one of the leading Canadian scholars of European integration. 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. In addition, he has written two monographs, six edited volumes, and nineteen scholarly articles, which have appeared in some of the leading journals in the field (including European Journal of Political ResearchPolitical StudiesEuropean Political Science ReviewWest European PoliticsJournal of European Public PolicyEuropean Law Journal, and Politische Vierteljahresschrift).

Achim has held three 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 addition, he was applicant or co-applicant on various successful grant applications to support the Centre for European Studies (CES), most recently as academic coordinator of a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2016-2019).

In recent years, his research has focused on questions of politicization, legitimation and democratization in EU multilevel governance. He is currently completing a five-year project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, that examines how the Eurozone financial crisis has contributed to an increased politicization of EU affairs in the European population, and what implications this has had on democratic institutions and practices in EU multilevel governance. In addition, he is working on a SSHRC-funded knowledge synthesis project on “Political Contestation about International Economic Agreements: Lessons for the Canada-UK Trade Relationship after Brexit”, as well as on various publication projects about questions of democratic legitimacy in the EU.

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)

‘Empirical Legitimation Analysis in International Relations: How to Learn from the Insights – and Avoid the Mistakes – of Research in EU Studies’, Contemporary Politics 23, No. 1 (2017), 63-80.

‘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).