Reader in European Politics
School of Public Policy
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Christine Reh is Reader in European Politics in the UCL School of Public Policy where she is also 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.
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?