European Integration and European Regional Cooperation

For the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and EU integration please visit the website:


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The research cluster of the Innsbruck Center for European Research ( brings together research and university teaching facilities on European integration and European Union studies. ICER aims to strengthen the critical and multidisciplinary analysis of the EU, examine the EU’s frameworks for polyarchic, multi-level, -channel, and –actor governance, provide a forum to stimulate the development of innovative analytical tools and teaching resources, increase the accessibility of information sources on the EU, and to stimulate the debate and research on the EU. ICER is an integral part of Innsbruck University’s Research Platform Organizations & Society (, and cooperates with the Research Area “Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts” (, the Research Area Research Area Alpine Space - Man and Environment ( ), and the Research Centers “European Integration”, “Federalism – Politics and Law”.

Research carried out by ICER focuses on three core subjects:

Development of and theorizing the EU's primary law and its related socio-political bases

Decision-making processes, negotiation strategies and conceptual problems regarding the implementation of EU policies

Policy preferences of state and civil-society actors in the EU member states

For more information please visit the website of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and EU integration.



Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer, Jean Monnet Chair and Head of ICER (  website)

Ass. Prof. Dr. Camilla Mariotto (  contact)

Dr. Doris Dialer (  website)

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Neisser (  contact)

Michael Wolf, MA (  contact)

Philipp Umek, MA (  contact)

Frida Karlsson, MA (  contact)

Verena Kretzschmar, MA (  contact)

Affiliated and Past Members

Prof. Dr. Annegret Eppler (  website)

Ambassador Prof. Dr. Michael Reiterer (  contact)

Dr. Gaby Umbach (  website)

Prof. Dr. Elisa Baroncini (  website)

Dr. Markus Warasin (  contact)

Dr. Melanie Plangger (  contact)

Dr. Katharina Crepaz (  website)

Dr. Natascha Zeitel-Bank (  contact)

Thomas Walli, MA (  website)

Prof. Dr. Clara Portela (  website)

Current Projects 


    Andreas Maurer, 2022-2025, EU Erasmus+ Jean Monnet

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    Andreas Maurer, 2019-2024, European Parliament


    Andreas Maurer, 2018-2021, EU Erasmus+ Jean Monnet


    "Democracy and Parliamentary Involvement in EU trade policies - DEPATRADE" envisages to deepen knowledge on the EU's trade policy within the wider framework of its foreign policies and at the intersection of trade policy and other EU policy fields with a dedicated external dimension. DEPATRADE concentrates on the altered commercial policy tasks and functions, with the central question being whether and to what extent these reforms have the potential to improve in the democratic legitimacy of the EU's common commercial policy and a reduction in the democracy deficit. Building on the University's curricula for the BA, MA, and PhD programmes in Political Science, DEPATRADE offers a unique EU studies programme on the issue of EU foreign and trade policies and their parliamentary dimensions. Building on the conceptual framework on "multi-level-parliamentarism", we aim at teaching on, discussing and analysing the EU's trade policies and its functional interlinkages with regard to the concepts of parliamentary democracy and dual legitimacy of the EU, and the roles, profiles, and functions of parliaments, interest groups and non-governmental organisations. DEPATRADE's overall questions are the following: Do the dynamics of international trade politics and global governance erode parliamentary democracy? How do parliamentary bodies (re)-act in and adapt to a dynamic, multi-layered, institutional and procedural set up. Do international treaties matter - and in how far do they matter - for the set-up and the functioning of parliamentary involvement and democracy? Our ambition is to offer students, young researchers, academia, political practitioners, and civil society organisations a comprehensive, theoretically grounded and balanced reflection on the development of the EU's trade policy, its functional links to development, environmental and climate, monetary and human rights policies as well as to the general framework of the EU's Foreign and Security policy.

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Past Projects


    Andreas Maurer, 2014-2017, EU Erasmus+ Jean Monnet


    The project „Multi-level democracy and inter-parliamentary cooperation: Progressing towards cross-level parliamentarism” (MILDIPA) intends to turn the academic and public spotlight on the roles and functions of national parliaments and the European Parliament in EU policy-making. Against the background of the academic and public debate on the democratic foundations of the Union and the relations between the EU and its citizens, MILDIPA will look at the foundations, development and practice of inter-parliamentary cooperation in order to discuss prospects for its future. The project aims to attract a high level of student, academic and wider public feedback. It consists of four elements: (1.) traditional and innovative teaching modules for both undergraduate and graduate students covering the European Parliament and European elections, European parties and party politics in the EU, European policy-making in national parliaments, and inter-parliamentary cooperation between both levels of parliaments, (2.) a workshop and research seminar series on challenges, opportunity structures and new developments in inter-parliamentary cooperation, (3.) an inter-parliamentary congress, and (4.) a website giving access to the deliverables of the university lectures, workshops, seminars and the congress, as well as providing a unique portal on literature and documents on inter-parliamentary cooperation. These tools will provide means to foster interactive research, study and debate between students and political, academic and civil society actors, as well as the broader public. All results will be actively disseminated in a range of media: (1.) on the internet thanks to the continued maintenance and promotion of the information portal, (2.) in hard print form, through the Chair’s book on “Inter-parliamentary Europe” (with Palgrave Macmillan), and (3.) through edited volumes (with Innsbruck University Press) bringing together peer-reviewed papers of the workshop and seminars series.

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    Annegret Eppler/Andreas Maurer, 2015-2018, EU Erasmus+ Jean Monnet

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    Andreas Maurer, 2017, Land Tirol

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Recent Publications (selection)

  Publications of the Jean Monnet Chair:

  Have a look at the European Studies Series/Europawissenschaftliche Reihe (ed. by Doris Dialer, Andreas Maurer, Heinrich Neisser), published by Nomos/innsbruck university press

Hainzl, Christina; Dialer, Doris; Kuske, Hannah (Hrsg.) (2022): Gesundheitspolitik und Gesellschaft in der COVID-19-Krise. Wien: LIT. 

Maurer, Andreas; Dialer, Doris; Karas, Othmar (in press): Das Europäische Parlament. Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Praxis. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Franchino, Fabio; Mariotto, Camilla (2021, online first): Bargaining outcomes and success in EU economic governance reforms.
In: Political Science Research and Methods.

Franchino, Fabio; Mariotto, Camilla (2021. online first): Noncompliance risk, asymmetric power and the design of enforcement of the European economic governance. In: EUROPEAN UNION POLITICS.

Baumbach, Sybille; Maurer, Andreas: Guest Editors of a special issue of the European Journal of English Studies (volume 21/1, 2021) on Brexit and Academia.

Baumbach, Sybille; Maurer, Andreas (2021): Brexit and academia: a satyr play where exit prevails voice. In: European Journal of English Studies 25/1, 1-10.

Hageméjer, Jan; Maurer, Andreas; Rudloff, Bettina; Stoll, Peter-Tobias; Woolcock, Stephen; Costa Vieira, Andréia; Mensah, Kristina; Sidlo, Katarzyna (2021): Trade aspects of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement, Brussels: European Union.

Wolf, Michael C. (2021): Über Umwege zum Agenda-Setter? Zum normativen Stellenwert der Initiativentschließungen des Europäischen Parlaments. In: Hilpold, Peter; Raffeiner, Andreas; Steinmaier, Walter (eds.): Rechtsstaatlichkeit, Grundrechte und Solidarität in Österreich und in Europa. Festgabe zum 85. Geburtstag von Professor Heinrich Neisser, einem europäischen Humanisten. Wien: Facultas, 637-662.

Umbach, Gaby; Tkalec, Igor (2021): Social Investment Policies in the EU: Actively Concrete or Passively Abstract?. In: Politics and Governance, 2021, 9(3): Steering in Governance: Evolutionary Perspectives, Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen (eds.).

Dialer, Doris/Eppler, Annegret (2020): Der Ausschuss der Regionen. Brücke zwischen vier politischen EU-Ebenen, in: Hermann, Andrea Tony/Ingruber, Daniela/Perlot, Flooh/Praprotnik, Katrin/Hainzl, Christina (eds.): regional.national.föderal. Regional. National. Föderal. Zur Beziehung politischer Ebenen in Österreich, Wien: Facultas-WUV, 221-235.

Mariotto, Camilla/Franchino, Fabio (2020): L'attuazione delle raccomandazioni specifiche all'Italia dal 2002 al 2018 , in: Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche (2), 159-186.

Mariotto, Camilla/Franchino, Fabio (2020): Politicisation and economic governance design, in: Journal of European Public Policy 27 (3), 460-480.

Stoll, Tobias/Blokmans, Steven/Hageméjer, Jan/Hartwell, Christopher A./Gött, Henner/Kárunska, Kateryna/Maurer, Andreas (2020): Extraterritorial sanctions on trade and investments and European responses, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (OPOCE).

Maurer, Andreas/Wolf, Michael C. (2020): The European Parliament's Right of Initiative, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (OPOCE).

Maurer, Andreas (2020): Die Europäische Union als Organisations- und Handlungsgemeinschaft, in: Müller-Graff, Peter-Christian (ed.): Kernelemente der europäischen Integration (Schriftenreihe des Arbeitskreises Europäische Integration e.V. 100), Baden-Baden: Nomos, 95-128.

Maurer, Andreas (2020): Die innerparlamentarische Opposition: Wie der Einzug EU-feindlicher Parteien in das Europäische Parlament den politischen Diskurs verändert, in: Grimmel, Andreas (ed.): Die Neue Europäische Union. Zwischen Integration und Desintegration, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 153-183.

2020-11 Crossing BordersMaurer, Andreas/Walli, Thomas/Hug, Theo (2020): Crossing Borders - Passaggi di confine - Grenzgänge. Festschrift für Günther Pallaver, Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP).




Maurer, Andreas (2020): Various articles, in: Große Hüttmann, Martin/Ehling, Hans-Georg: Das Europalexikon. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 3rd revised and extended edition, online.

2019-01 österreichische EuropapolitikEppler, Annegret/Maurer, Andreas (eds.) (2019): Europapolitische Koordination in Österreich. Inter- und intrainstitutionelle Regelwerke, Funktionen und Dynamiken (Europawissenschaftliche Reihe 5), Baden-Baden: Nomos.  



Maurer, Andreas (2019): Das Europäische Parlament im Spannungsfeld seiner Funktionsprofile, in: Becker, Peter/Lippert, Barbara (eds.): Handbuch der Europäischen Union, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 1 - 38.

Maurer, Andreas (2019): Politische und rechtliche Konstitutionalisierungsprozesse – Vertragsentwicklung und Vertragssystem der EU, in: Becker, Peter/Lippert, Barbara: Handbuch der Europäischen Union, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 1-33


2019-01 Future of Europe

Maurer Andreas (2019): Germany and the EU: Managing Differentiation to Avoid Structural Segregation, in: Kaeding, Michael/Pollak, Johannes/Schmidt, Paul (eds.): The Future of Europe. Views from the Capitals, Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 41-44.




2019-01 Lobbying EUDialer, Doris/Richter, Margarethe (eds.) (2019): Lobbying in the European Union. Strategies, Dynamics and Trends, Cham: Springer International Publishing.





2019-01 Highs and LowsEppler, Annegret/Hackhofer, Andreas/Maurer, Andreas (2019): The Multi-Level Rule of Law System of the European Union: Eked Out, Contested, Still Unassured, in: Antoniolli, Luisa/Bonatti, Luigi/Ruzza, Carlo (eds.): Highs and Lows of European Integration. Sixty Years After the Treaty of Rome, Dordrecht-Heidelberg-London-New York-Berlin: Springer, pp. 65-82.



Mariotto, Camilla (2019): Negotiating implementation of EU fiscal governance, in: Journal of European Integration / Revue d'Integration Europeenne, 1-22.

2018 European ComissionMaurer, Andreas/Wolf, Michael (2018): Agenda-Shaping in the European Parliament and the European Commission's right of legislative initiative, in: Ege, Jörn/Bauer, Michael/Becker, Stefan (eds.): The European Commission in Turbulent Times. Assessing Organizational Change and Policy Impact, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 53-84.





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