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Tim Heinkelmann-Wild, M.A.

Tim Heinkelmann-Wild, M.A.



Department of Political Science
Chair for Global Governace and Public Policy
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich

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Short Bio

Tim Heinkelmann-Wild is a research fellow at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science. As a junior visiting fellow, he visited Nuffield College and the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford in 2021/22. His doctoral research is supported by scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”) as well as the Marianne-Plehn-Programme of the Elite Network of Bavaria (“Elitenetzwerk Bayern”). Tim Heinkelmann-Wild studied Political Science, History and Philosophy at LMU Munich, receiving scholarships by the German National Academic Foundation and the “Deutschlandstipendium”. He obtained a Bachelor in Political Science and History in 2015 and a Master in Political Science in 2018, both times top of his year. Tim Heinkelmann-Wild previously worked, inter alia, as a research assistant at the Chair of Global Governance as well as at the Chair of International Relations at LMU Munich. As an intern, Tim Heinkelmann-Wild gained policy-related experience in international politics, for example at the German Foreign Office’s headquarter in Berlin (Task Force Ukraine) and its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, as well as at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). He is a member of the German National Academic Foundation’s selection committee, the Elite Network of Bavaria, and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

Curriculum Vitae • Google Scholar • @heinkelmannwild

Research interests

  • Institutional contestation: A first research interest lies in the drivers, patterns, and consequences of international institutions’ contestation. In his doctoral project “After Exit – Leadership Transition and Institutional Resilience after Hegemonic Withdrawal”, he explores why some institutions are resilient after the US withdrew their support to them while others decay. Other research projects aim at a better understanding of institutional contestation by traditionally supportive established powers, as well as the responses by member states and international bureaucracies to this challenge from within.
  • International blame games: A second area of research are blame games that ensue the politicization of international institutions. As a research fellow in the DFG project “Public Responsibility Attribution in the European Union”, Tim Heinkelmann-Wild studies how institutional design gives rise to different European blame games. He is particularly interested in strategic interactions between national governments and international organizations seeking to avoid blame for contested policies.
  • Conflict delegation and orchestration: A third research interest are the varying relationships between state and non-state actors in violent conflicts. This strand of research addresses the questions of why governments sometimes retain hierarchical control over their intermediaries (conflict delegation) and sacrifice control at other times (conflict orchestration); and how do these different modes of external support in turn affect conflict dynamics?


  • 2023. The Blame Games EU Actors Play. Oxford University Press (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl).

Journal articles

  • 2022: Wann eskalieren westliche Mächte institutionelle Kontestation? Interne Kontrolle, externe Effekte und Modi der Kontestation internationaler Institutionen. [When do Western Powers Escalate Institutional Contestation? Internal Control, External Effects, and Modes of Contestation of International Institutions.] In: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 29:1, 6-31 (with Benjamin Daßler and Andreas Kruck).
  • 2022: Dolce far niente? Non-compliance and blame avoidance in the EU. In: West European Politics 45:5, 1153-1174 (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl). 
  • 2022: To Yield or Shield? Comparing International Public Administrations’ Responses to Member States’ Policy Contestation. In: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 24:3, 296-312 (with Vytautas Jankauskas). 
  • 2022: Disentangling Institutional Contestation by Established Powers: Types of Contestation Frames and Varying Opportunities for the Re-Legitimation of International Institutions. In: Global Constitutionalism 11:2, 344-368. (with Andreas Kruck, Benjamin Daßler, and Raphaela Hobbach).
  • 2022: Indirect Governance at War: Delegation and Orchestration in Rebel Support. In: Journal of Conflict Resolution 66:1, 115-143 (with Marius Mehrl).
  • 2021: Blame Shifting and Blame Obfuscation: The Blame Avoidance Effects of Delegation in the EU. In: European Journal of Political Research. Online first (with Bernhard Zangl, Berthold Rittberger, and Lisa Kriegmair). 
  • 2020: Nicht nur wehrlose Sündenböcke! Schuldvermeidungsstrategien internationaler Organisationen [No Defenseless Scapegoats! Blame Avoidance Strategies of International Organizations]. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift/German Political Science Quarterly 61:4, 725-746 (with Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2020: Disarmed Principals: Institutional Resilience and the Non-Enforcement of Delegation. In: European Political Science Review 12:4, 409-425 (with Moritz Weiss). 
  • 2020: Divided They Fail: The Politics of Wedge Issues and Brexit. In: Journal of European Public Policy 27:5, 723-741 (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl). 
  • 2020: The EU Multi-level System and the Europeanization of Domestic Blame Games. In: Politics and Governance 8:1, 85-94 (with Lisa Kriegmair and Berthold Rittberger). 
  • 2020: Multilevel Blame Games: Blame-shifting in the European Union. In: Governance 33:4, 953-969 (with Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2019: Heroes Welcome! An Exceptional Story of “Good” Refugees in the German Tabloid Discourse. In: Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 14:3, 220–239 (with Daniel Beck and Alexander Spencer).

Book chapters

  • 2021: A Crisis from Within: The Trump Administration and the Contestation of the Liberal International Order. In: Böller, Florian/Werner, Welf (eds.): A Hegemonic Transition? Reconfigurations of Global Economic and Security Orders in the Age of Trump. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 69-86 (with Andreas Kruck and Benjamin Daßler).
  • 2021: Divided They Fail: The Politics of Wedge Issues and Brexit. In: Richardson, Jeremy/Rittberger, Berthold (ed.): The Brexit Policy Fiasco. London: Routledge, 75-93 [reprint] (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl). 978-0367748906
  • 2018: The European Blame Game: Explaining Public Responsibility Attributions in the European Union.
 In: Kruck, Andreas/Oppermann, Kai/Spencer, Alexander (eds.): Political Mistakes and Policy Failures in International Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 171-189 (with Berthold Rittberger and Bernhard Zangl).

Other publications and public outreach

  • 2022: Interview on blame games & blame avoidance strategies with Deutschlandfunk Nova, June 21, 2022.
  • 2021: When do governments benefit from non-compliance with unpopular EU policies? In: LSE EUROPP – European Politics and Policy, June 3, 2021 (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2020: Mächtig, moralisch, multilateral – Deutschlands schwierige Partnerwahl [Powerful, Moral, Multilateral – Germany's Difficult Choice of Partners]. In: Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) (ed.): Weißbuch Multilateralismus – Impulse für die Bundesregierung, November 3, 2020.
  • 2020: Interview on digital teaching with BR Campus Magazin, October 2, 2020.
  • 2020: Internationale Organisationen sind keine wehrlosen Sündenböcke [International Organizations are no Defenseless Scapegoats]. In: DVPW Blog, August 24, 2020 (with Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2020: How European integration affects blame games in national politics. In: LSE EUROPP – European Politics and Policy, June 18, 2020 (with Lisa Kriegmair and Berthold Rittberger).
  • 2020: Brexit and the tragedy of the Commons: How wedge issues generate detrimental outcomes. In: LSE Brexit Blog, June 3, 2020 (with Lisa Kriegmair). [re-post]
  • 2020: Who gets the blame? How policymakers in the EU shift responsibility when things go wrong. In: LSE EUROPP – European Politics and Policy, January 30, 2019.
  • 2019: Brexit and the tragedy of the Commons: How wedge issues generate detrimental outcomes. In: LSE EUROPP – European Politics and Policy, November 25, 2019 (with Lisa Kriegmair).
  • 2018: Contested Institutions: Blame Shifting in the European Union. In: GSI (ed.): Münchner Beiträge zur Politikwissenschaft, Munich.
  • 2016: Der Kampf gegen den „Islamischen Staat“ und das Dilemma des Westens [The Fight against the “Islamic State” and the Dilemma of the West]. In: Diplomatisches Magazin, 02/2016.
  • 2016: Die These der „Neuen Kriege“ in Anwendung auf die Bürgerkriege in Libyen und Syrien [The Thesis of “New Wars” in Application to the Civil Wars in Libya and Syria]. In: GSI (ed.): Münchner Beiträge zur Politikwissenschaft, Munich.


  • 2021: Public responsibility attributions for contested EU border control and financial policies. Open Data LMU (with Bernhard Zangl, Berthold Rittberger, and Lisa Kriegmair).
  • 2021: Public responsiblitiy attributions in Italy for non-compliance with EU budget rules. Open Data LMU (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger and Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2019: Blame Dictionary (German). Online: Open Data LMU (with Lisa Kriegmair and Berthold Rittberger).
  • 2019: Blame attributions by Austrian and German MPs on EU migration policies. Online: Open Data LMU (with Lisa Kriegmair, and Berthold Rittberger).
  • 2019: Blame attributions by non-Cabinet Conservative MPs during Brexit debates. Online: Open Data LMU. (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2019: Blame attributions by EU member states and EU institutions for contested migration policies. Online: Open Data LMU. (with Bernhard Zangl).

Presentations at Conferences & Workshops

  • 08.2022: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, Innsbruck
  • 07.2022 Workshop “Internationale Organisationen unter Druck”, Bonn
  • 06.2022: ECPR Standing Group on European Union (SGEU) 11th Biennial Conference, Rome
  • 05.2022: Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), Miami
  • 03.2022: 63th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Nashville
  • 11.2021: Doctoral Research Colloqium of the Section “Norms and Changes in Global Politics”, Giessen Graduate Center (online)
  • 11.2021: Workshop “International Institutions: Backlash and Resilience”, Zurich
  • 10.2021: Workshop “Its own worst enemy: Internal Sources of Crisis in the Liberal International Order”, Tutzing
  • 09.2021: German Association for Political Science (DVPW) Kongress 2021 (online)
  • 08.2021: ECPR General Conference 2021 (online)
  • 07.2021: Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) Summer Institute, Syracuse University (online)
  • 07.2021: Workshop “The Practical Relevance of Theory in Times of Societal Division”, LMU Munich (online)
  • 06.2021: Workshop “The Life Cycles of International Organizations”, Florence
  • 06.2021: ECPR SGEU 10th Biennial Conference (online)
  • 05.2021: Workshop “The Legitimation of International Organisations in Disruptive Times”, ECPR Joint Sessions (online) 
  • 04.2021: 62th ISA Annual Convention (online)
  • 03.2021: Research Colloquium of the International Relations department at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • 03.2021: 1st The Political Economy of International Organization (PEIO) Seminar Series (online)
  • 02.2021: 1st PEIO Seminar Series (online)
  • 12.2020: Workshop “(Self-)Legitimation of International Organizations in Disruptive Times”, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) (online)
  • 10.2020: 6th Conference of the Section “International Relations” of the DVPW (online)
  • 08.2020: ECPR GC 2020 (online)
  • 01.2020: Workshop “Decline and Death of International Organizations”, ERC project NestIOr, Brussels
  • 11.2019: Annual Meeting of the Political Science Section of the German Society for American Studies. “The Corrosion of the Liberal Democratic Order? Transatlantic Perspectives in Perilous Times”, Heidelberg
  • 09.2019: 5th Geneva Jean Monnet Doctoral Workshop “Bilateralism versus Multilateralism”, Geneva
  • 09.2019: ECPR General Conference 2019, Wrocław
  • 06.2019: Workshop “Contested Liberal World Order – Nationalist Challenges for Multilateralism”, Munich
  • 05.2019: Biennial Conference of the EUSA, Denver
  • 03.2019: 60th ISA Annual Convention, Toronto
  • 11.2018: Workshop “Bringing Politics into the Study of the European Union”, Munich
  • 06.2018: ECPR SGEU 9th Biennial Conference, Paris
  • 10.2017: 5th Conference of the Section “International Relations” of the DVPW, Bremen