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DFG-Project "Resource Mobilization in International Public Administrations" as part of the DFG-Research-Unit 'International Public Administration'
Ronny Patz is a senior post-doctoral research fellow at the Chair in Political Systems and European Integration at the Department of Political Science (Geschwister-Scholl-Institute) at the University of Munich. In his research at LMU Munich – which is part of the multi-project DFG Research Unit "International Public Administration" – Ronny has focused on budgeting in international organisations, in particular in the United Nations system. A Global Policy special issue on "Resourcing International Organizations" co-edited by Klaus H. Goetz and Ronny Patz was published in 2017, with articles from the issue being among the most highly cited in the journal in 2017-18. The monograph “Managing Money and Discord in the UN” was published with Oxford University Press in Spring 2019.
Currently, Ronny is working together with Prof. Dr. Klaus H. Goetz and Dr. Svanhildur Thorvaldsdottir on resource mobilization by UN system organisations in the domain of forced migration and refugee policy – in particular studying UNHCR, UNRWA and IOM. This research combines field research in Geneva, Amman, Jerusalem and Brussels to understand resource mobilization as a key function of international bureaucracies’ work with quantitative approaches to explaining income and expenditures dynamics of the three organizations since their establishment around 1950.
In addition, Ronny works with text-as-data approaches to study the UN system. These efforts include sentiment analyses of 70 years of annual reports of UNRWA as well as topic modelling of UN Security Council speeches. In June 2019, Ronny together with colleagues from Technical University of Munich, University of Konstanz and Leiden University also published a new dataset on “The UN Security Council Debates” (currently: 1995-2017)”.
Before joining LMU in June 2014, Ronny worked at the EU Office of Transparency International in Brussels (since 2012) on the transparency, integrity and accountability of EU institutions closely following the 2014 EU elections. He was the co-author of the TI study on "The European Union Integrity System" (2014).
Ronny has studied political science at Freie Universität Berlin as well as Central and Eastern European transitions at Tartu Ülikool (Estonia). During and after his studies, he has worked for the Estonian Ministry of Education, for the German EU Council Presidency at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and in pre-electoral assistance at the Council of Europe Field Office in Moldova. In 2009, he joined Potsdam University (Germany) as an academic assistant, doctoral research and lecturer, teaching courses on political science methods and on the German political system in the European context. He received his PhD from Potsdam University in 2014. In his dissertation, he used quantitative network analysis to study how leaks of EU documents were distributed among interest groups in EU fisheries policies. Follow-up research on EU leaks prevention by the Euroepean Commission, which complements this dissertation research, has been published in West European Politics in 2018.
- Patz, Ronny; Goetz, Klaus H. (2019). Managing Money and Discord in the UN. Budgeting and Bureaucracy. Oxford University Press.
- Eckhard, Steffen; Patz, Ronny; Schmidt, Sylvia (2018). "Reform efforts, synchronization failure, and international bureaucracy: The case of the UNESCO budget crisis", Journal of European Public Policy.
- Schönfeld, Mirco; Eckhard, Steffen; Patz, Ronny; van Meegdenburg, Hilde (2018). 'Discursive Landscapes and Unsupervised Topic Modeling in IR: A Validation of Text-As-Data Approaches through a New Corpus of UN Security Council Speeches on Afghanistan', arXiv:1810.05572 [cs.SI].
- Patz, R. (2018) Leaking, leak prevention, and decoupling in public administrations: the case of the European Commission, West European Politics, 41(4), 1049-1071.
- Goetz, K. H.; Patz R. (2017) Resourcing International Organizations: Resource Diversification, Organizational Differentiation, and Administrative Governance, Global Policy, 8(S5), 5-14.
- Patz, R. and Goetz, K.H. (2017) Changing budgeting administration in international organizations: budgetary pressures, complex principals and administrative leadership, in Knill, Christoph; Bauer, Michael; Eckhard, Steffen (eds.) International Bureaucracies: Challenges and Lessons for Public Administration Research (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
Selected functions at conferences and workshops
- Section Chair (with Steffen Eckhard) "21st Century International Bureaucracy: People, Power, and Performance" at ECPR General Conference in Oslo, 6-9 September 2017
- Panel Chair "Challenges in Financing Global Public Goods through Bilateral Aid and Multilateral Organisation" at ECPR General Conference in Prague, 7-10 September 2016
- Co-Organizer (with Klaus H. Goetz) Workshop "Resourcing international organizations: actors, processes and budgets" in Munich, 23-24 June 2016
- Panel Chair (with Steffen Eckhard) "Bureaucratic Perspectives on International Organizations" at ECPR General Conference in Montreal, 26-29 August 2015
- Basic Course Political System of Germany (in English) Winter 2018-19 (Evaluation)
- European Studies Intensive, Munich International Summer University (MISU) 2014, 2015, 2016
- German Politics in its European Context, Potsdam (in German) Winter 2010-11
- Introduction to Political Science Methods, Potsdam (in German) Winter 2009-10
- Secrecy, Transparency, and Lobbying in the European Union Winter 2018-19 (Evaluation)
- Global Policy-Making in Organizational Fields: What Role for International Bureaucracies?, LMU Munich (in English) Summer 2018 (Evaluation)
- Interest group influence and lobbying strategies in selected EU policies, LMU Munich (in English) Winter 2016-17 (Evaluation)