Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science

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In our research, one of our core interests is in understanding and explaining how international institutions are designed, how they evolve and what consequences they induce. Our research ranges from questions addressing the design of multi-level governance structures and institutions, to the impact of EU policies and institutions abroad, as well as challenges to the legitimacy of international institutions. Empirically, one of our main fields of inquiry is the EU, its institutions, policies and processes.

Our approach to explain political phenomena is problem-driven, theory-oriented, and committed to methodological pluralism. In analytical and theoretical terms, we are very invested in exploring the dynamics of institutional design, their underlying drivers as well as their short- and long-term effects on actors’ preferences, strategies and public policies.

Current Projects

  • Diversity or Convergence? Explaining the development of defense-industrial policies (DFG-funded; project leader: Moritz Weiss)
  • Public Responsibility Attributions in International Organisations (Berthold Rittberger & Bernhard Zangl)
  • Secrecy and Surveillance: Paradoxes of Modernity (Berthold Rittberger)
  • The Representation of Women in the European Parliament (Berthold Rittberger & Jessica Fortin-Rittberger)
  • Science and Risk Regulation in the European Union: The Case of the European Food Safety Authority (Dovile Rimkute, PhD project)
  • Migration policy change in the European Union neighbourhood states (Nina Guérin, PhD project)


Current Publications