Dr Christine Reh
Reader in European Politics
Christine Reh joined the Department in September 2007 as Lecturer in European Politics and Programme Director of the MSc in European Public Policy. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and an MA in English Literature, Linguistics and Politics from the University of Trier. Christine previously worked as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe, as a research assistant at the Federal Trust in London and as an intern with the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels.
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Christine teaches the modules European Union: Institutions and Politics, The European Union, Globalisation and the State and The European Union in the World.
In the sub-field of European politics, Christine Reh’s research focuses on constitutional politics, the theory and practice of international negotiation, informal decision-making in the European Union and legitimate governance beyond the state. Her work is motivated by an interest in the informal politics and everyday negotiation behind political decisions on policies, constitutions and international treaties. Albeit crucial for the process and outcome of decision-making, these dimensions of politics are routinely left unexplained. Christine's research therefore addresses questions such as: What is the role of pre-decision-making in international negotiations? How does everyday decision-making—political and judicial—influence the reform of international treaties? Why do legislators choose informal secluded over formal inclusive arenas? What are the democratic consequences of informal politics?
Christine has recently completed an ESRC-funded project on the reasons for and the consequences of the informalisation of the EU's legislative process since 1999 (with Adrienne Héritier, European University Institute). In 2013, Christine was a member of the APSA President's Task Force on “Negotiating Agreement in Politics”, and she is on the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy.
Monographs and Special Issues
- Special Issue on 20 Years of Legislative Codecision in the European Union: Experience and Implications (edited with Anne Rasmussen and Charlotte Burns). Journal of European Public Policy 20:7 (2013). [Reprinted as Legislative Codecision in the European Union: Experience over Twenty Years and Implications. Abingdon: Routledge, 2014.]
- Special Issue on Politics as Compromise (edited with Richard Bellamy and Markus Kornprobst). Government and Opposition 47:3 (2012).
- Constitutionalizing the European Union (with Thomas Christiansen). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- "The Impact of Informalisation: Early Agreements and Voting Cohesion in the European Parliament" (with Edoardo Bressanelli and Christel Koop). In: European Union Politics 17:1 (2016), 91-113.
- “Is Informal Politics Undemocratic? Trilogues, Early Agreements and the Selection Model of Representation”. In: Journal of European Public Policy 21:6 (2014), 822-841.
- “The Informal Politics of Legislation: Explaining Secluded Decision Making in the European Union” (with Adrienne Héritier, Edoardo Bressanelli and Christel Koop). In: Comparative Political Studies 46:9 (2013), 1112-1142.
- “Legislative Codecision and its Impact on the Political System of the European Union” (with Charlotte Burns and Anne Rasmussen). In: Journal of European Public Policy. Special Issue on 20 Years of Legislative Codecision in the European Union: Experience and Implications 20:7 (2013), 941-952.
- “The Consequences of Concluding Co-Decision Early: Trilogues and Intra-Institutional Bargaining Success” (with Anne Rasmussen). In: Journal of European Public Policy. Special Issue on 20 Years of Legislative Co-Decision in the European Union: Experience and Implications 20:7 (2013), 1006-1023.
- “Codecision and Its Discontents: Intra-Organisational Politics and Institutional Reform in the European Parliament” (with Adrienne Héritier). In: West European Politics 35:5 (2012), 1134-1157.
- “Introduction: Meeting in the Middle” (with Richard Bellamy and Markus Kornprobst). In: Government and Opposition. Special Issue on Politics as Compromise 47:3 (2012), 275-295.
- “European Integration as Compromise: Recognition, Concessions and the Limits of Cooperation”. In: Government and Opposition. Special Issue on Politics as Compromise 47:3 (2012), 414-440.
- “EU Legitimacy Revisited: The Normative Foundations of a Multilevel Polity” (with Nicole Bolleyer). In: Journal of European Public Policy 19:4 (2012), 472-490.
- “The Lisbon Treaty: De-Constitutionalizing the European Union?” In: Journal of Common Market Studies 47:3 (2009), 625-650.
- “The Convention on the Future of Europe and the Development of Integration Theory: A Lasting Imprint?” In: Journal of European Public Policy 15:5 (2008), 781-794.
- “Pre-Cooking the European Constitution? The Role of Government Representatives in EU Reform”. In: Journal of European Public Policy 14:8 (2007), 1186-1207.
- “An Institutional Anatomy and Five Policy Modes” (with Helen Wallace). In: Helen Wallace, Mark A. Pollack and Alasdair R. Young (eds.). Policy-Making in the European Union. 7th ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014, 72-112.
- “Informal Politics: The Normative Challenge”. In: Thomas Christiansen and Christine Neuhold (eds.). International Handbook of Informal Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012, 65-84.
- “Consensus, Compromise and ‘Inclusive Agreement’: Negotiating Supranational Governance”. In: Corneliu Bjola and Markus Kornprobst (eds). Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld and Shared Reasoning. London: Routledge, 2010, 177-193.
Policy Contributions, Comments and Blogs
- “The Growth of Informal EU Decision-Making has Empowered Centrist Parties” (with Edoardo Bressanelli and Christel Koop). LSE EUROPPBLOG, 10 February 2016.
- “A Bad Day for Europe?” UCL European Institute Commentary, 2 July 2014.
- “Brussels: A Shifting Landscape”. In: Universities UK (International Unit). International Focus 103—Europe: After the Elections. June 2014.
- “The First European Presidential Debate”. UCL European Institute Commentary, 30 April 2014.
- “How to Negotiate under Co-Decision in the EU: Reforming Trilogues and First-Reading Agreements” (with Lukas Obholzer). CEPS Policy Brief No 270, May 2012.
- “Memorandum”. In: House of Lords (European Union Committee). Codecision and National Parliamentary Scrutiny: Report with Evidence. London, July 2009, 115-118.