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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:B640 Loeb Building


Achim Hurrelmann (Dipl.-Pol. University of Hamburg, 2000; Dr. rer. pol. University of Bremen, 2004) is Professor of Political Science and currently serves as Chair of the Department. He is Co-Director (with Joan DeBardeleben) of the Centre for European Studies (CES), a Carleton University Research Centre. 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 Amy Verdun and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, he has published European Union Governance and Policy Making: A Canadian Perspective (University of Toronto Press, second edition 2023), a 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, Canadian Journal of Political Science, West European PoliticsJournal of European Public Policy, and Journal of European Integration.

Achim has been awarded several 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 currently works on a project that examines “The Reconfiguration of Canada-Europe Relations after Brexit”, supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024). He has also been principal investigator on several grants to support the Centre for European Studies, including most recently funding from the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme for the Jean Monnet Network on Transatlantic Trade Politics (2020-2023) and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Carleton University (2023-26).

Achim is Vice-President of the European Community Association – Canada (ECSA-C) and a member of the international advisory board of the Journal of Common Market Studies. The main fields of his teaching are EU politics, comparative politics (with a focus on Europe), as well as democratic and state theory. He has taught introductory courses in the fields of Political Science and European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has won several teaching awards, including the Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Award (2011), the Carleton University Excellence in Blended and Online Teaching Award (2019), and the Carleton University Student Association Teaching Excellence Award (2021).

Selected Publications (see CV for full list)

‘How Does Politicisation Affect the Ratification of Mixed EU Trade Agreements? The Case of CETA’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2023), 157-181 (co-authored with Frank Wendler).

‘Eurosphere or Anglosphere? Canadian Public Opinion on Brexit and the Future of Transatlantic Relations’, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 54, No. 3 (2021), 571-592 (co-authored with Frédéric Mérand and Stephen E. White).

‘Democratizing Multilevel Governance’, in: Arthur Benz, Jörg Broschek and Marcus Lederer, eds., A Research Agenda for Multilevel Governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (2021), 37-56.

‘Framing the Eurozone Crisis in National Parliaments: Is the Economic Cleavage Really Declining?’, Journal of European Integration, Vol. 42, No. 4 (2020), 489-507 (co-authored with Stephanie Kerr, Anna Gora and Philip Eibl).

‘Legitimacy and European Union Politics’Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford University Press (2019), DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1112.

‘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).