Departmental Seminar 2020-21_935x561

October 18, 2022, to January 24, 2023: Departmental Seminar

In the Departmental Seminar, members and friends of the Department of Political Science present their research.

Research projects and work at any stage will be presented: early-stage projects, work-in-progress as well as publications. Afterwards, the presentations will be discussed by the audience and helpful inputs will be given. Moderation: Fabian Habersack.

We look forward to welcoming students and guest auditors! The events will take place on site as well as via livestream. No registration necessary. 
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Dates for the winter term 2022/23

 Meeting Zone at the Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck, "Sowi" building, ground floor, Universitaetsstrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck (A)   (how to reach us)

  Livestream via BigBlueButton

12:30 to 13:30



CABRAS Luca 2022 original
Luca Cabras

Visiting scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Milan

Discussant: Andreas Maurer

Credit: Luca Cabras


The politicization of EU trade agreement negotiations: a Qualitative Comparative Analysis


In recent years, the negotiations of EU trade agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the USA and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada have provoked unprecedented levels of public contestation. Conversely, many other EU trade negotiations took place in the quasi-indifference of the European citizens and media. What explains this variation? In this study, I advance some possible explanations concerning the structural causes for the politicization of EU trade policy over the past 30 years and test them against a newly collected dataset covering 19 preferential trade agreements. The comparative analysis suggests that the politicization of trade negotiations is not generated by a unique cause or individual factor but is given by the co-occurrence of specific combinations of conditions. Specifically, the results show that (1) the reform of the EU trade policy-making introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon and the negotiating partners’ level of bargaining power are both main drivers of politicization, and that (2) the degree of public support toward the EU is especially relevant when it comes to ‘deep and comprehensive’ agreements touching on sensitive domestic issues.




HAYEK Lore 2021 neuLore Hayek

Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck

Discussant: tba



Voting in the cold November rain? Effects of the weather on turnout in Austria


Paper by Lore Hayek, Thorsten Simon, Reto Stauffer, Philipp Umek.






2022-12-13_Amie_Kreppel_2-3Amie Kreppel

Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) and the founding Director of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (JMCE) at the University of Florida

Discussant: Camilla Mariotto

Credit: Amie Kreppel



The Accidental Evolution of the Council of the EU – An Example of Unintended Consequences?


The Council of the EU has been at the center of EU decision-making since the earliest days of the European Economic Community. However, the nature of its central role has changed dramatically as the EU has evolved. In particular its core function within the EU’s institutional structure has shifted from a nearly autocratic executive tasked with both agenda-setting and decision making to one chamber in a largely symmetrical bicameral legislature with shared decision making and only limited agenda setting capacity. This evolution is less well understood than the development of other key EU institutions in part because the transformation of the Council has been both gradual and informal. In addition, the changing character of the Council has occurred largely as a consequence of formal reforms to other core institutions, the European Parliament (EP) and European Council (EUCO). This research examines this transformation through a historical institutionalist lens, identifying critical historical events (the creation of EUCO and shift to direct elections for the EP) and using a detailed analysis of the texts of the treaties themselves and supplemental materials (archival documents, older academic articles and books, etc.) to understand the extent to which the dramatic transformation of Council was intentional or an unintended consequence of institutional reforms aimed at resolving other concerns. This will provide a more comprehensive understanding of both the development of the EU and the character of its political system today.







SCHULTE-CLOOS Julia 2022Julia Schulte-Cloos

Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute

Discussant: tba

Credit: Julia Schulte-Cloos









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