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.