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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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In his research, Tim Heinkelmann-Wild is generally interested in the drivers and consequences of the contestation of global governance institutions. In his doctoral project “After Exit – Explaining Institutional Resilience and Decay after Hegemonic Withdrawal”, Tim Heinkelmann-Wild explores why some international institutions are resilient after the hegemonic power's withdrawal while other institutions decay. As a researcher within the DFG project “Public Responsibility Attribution in the European Union”, he further examines the determinants and impact of societal responsibility attributions as well as policy-makers' blame-shifting strategies for contested EU policies. He has also co-organized the doctoral workshop “Contested Liberal World Order – Nationalist Challenges for Multilateralism”.

Tim Heinkelmann-Wild obtained his Bachelor in Political Science and History in 2015 and his Master in Political Science in 2018 at LMU Munich, both times top of his year. He received scholarships by the German National Academic Foundation and the “Deutschlandstipendium”. 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 within the DFG project “Diversity or Convergence? Explaining the Development of Defense-industrial Policies”. 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). Please find further information on Tim Heinkelmann-Wild in his Curriculum Vitae.

Publications (peer-reviewed)

  • 2020: To Yield or Shield? Comparing International Public Administrations’ Responses to Member States’ Policy Contestation. In: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (with Vytautas Jankauskas). Conditional accept for publication.
  • 2020: Nicht nur wehrlose Sündenböcke! Schuldvermeidungsstrategien internationaler Organisationen [No Defenseless Scapegoats! Blame Avoidance Strategies of International Organizations]. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift (with Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2020: Disarmed Principals: Institutional Resilience and the Non-Enforcement of Delegation. In: European Political Science Review (with Moritz Weiss). First view. 
  • 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). 
  • 2019: Multilevel Blame Games: Blame-shifting in the European Union. In: Governance (with Bernhard Zangl). First view.
  • 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).
  • 2018: The European Blame Game: Explaining Public Responsibility Attributions in the European Union.
In: Kruck, Andreas/Oppermann, Kai/Spencer, Alexander (ed.): Political Mistakes and Policy Failures in International Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 171-189 (with Berthold Rittberger and Bernhard Zangl).

Other publications (selection)

  • 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).
  • 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.


  • 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

  • 07.2020: Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) Summer Institute, Syracuse University (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: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference (GC) 2019, Wrocław
  • 06.2019: Workshop “Contested Liberal World Order – Nationalist Challenges for Multilateralism”, Munich
  • 05.2019: 2019 Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), Denver
  • 03.2019: 60th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Toronto
  • 11.2018: Workshop “Bringing Politics into the Study of the European Union”, Munich
  • 06.2018: ECPR Standing Group on European Union (SGEU) Conference, Paris
  • 10.2017: 5th Conference of the Section “International Relations” of the German Association for Political Science (DVPW), Bremen