Uwe Puetter

Professor of European Public Policy and Governance

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Uwe Puetter is Professor of European Public Policy and Governance at the School of Public Policy (SPP) and Director of the Center for European Union Research (CEUR) at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance awarded by the European Commission and is a member of the Executive Board of the FP7 research consortium 'bEUcitizen'.

From 2006 to 2008 Uwe Puetter served as first Head of CEU's Department of Public Policy, the predecessor of SPP. Originally he had joined CEU in September 2004 as an Assistant Professor of the then newly created Master's Program in Public Policy (MPP). In the context of the MA and PhD degree programs he is teaching courses on European integration, comparative politics and socio-economic governance.

He received his PhD from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland/UK. Specialising in the area of comparative European politics, international relations and European political economy he carried out the first comprehensive institutional analysis of the so-called Eurogroup - the informal circle of finance ministers coordinating the economic policies of the euro area countries. For his research on the Eurogroup Uwe Puetter has received the 'Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in International Relations/ Comparative Studies in 2003-2004' awarded by the Political Studies Association in the United Kingdom, and the 'Ernst B. Haas Prize' sponsored by the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Studies Association.

The main research interests of Uwe Puetter are in the fields of European integration studies, comparative European politics and European political economy. He has a particular interest in processes of institutional change in the enlarged European Union. His most recent research has concentrated on the transformation of intergovernmental relations in an ever more closely integrated European Union and on how the European Council and the Council of the European Union as key forums for collective decision-making have been affected by these changes over time. The related research paper 'Europe's deliberative intergovernmentalism' is on the list of the ten most read articles of the Journal of European Public Policy.

Uwe Puetter’s main publications include the two recent books 'The new intergovernmentalism: states, supranational actors, and European politics in the post-Maastricht era’ and ‘The European Council and the Council. New intergovernmentalism and institutional change’, both published with Oxford University Press in 2015 and 2014 respectively. His research monograph 'The Eurogroup' appeared with Manchester University Press in 2006. In 2009 he published the book 'Die Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik der EU' (The economic and social policy of the EU, in German) with UTB.

Together with Chris Bickerton at the University of Cambridge and Dermot Hodson at Birkbeck College, London, Uwe Puetter has worked on establishing a broader theoretical framework for the analysis of contemporary European integration. Their outline of the 'new intergovernmentalism' was published by the Journal of Common Market Studies in July 2015 including a debate about the new approach. Their co-edited book 'The new intergovernmentalism: states, supranational actors, and European politics in the post-Maastricht era’ analyses the transformation of core European Union institutions, member states and key policy areas.

Uwe Puetter is also, together with Sergio Fabbrini, the co-editor and co-author of the special issue 'Integration without surpanationalisation: the central role of the European Council in post-Lisbon EU politics', published by the Journal of European Integration in July 2016. The special issue discusses the centrality of the European Council and the Council in EU decision-making and features a set of case studies on different policy areas and inter-institutional relations with the European Commission and the European Parliament.

In the context of the European Commission funded FP7 project 'bEUcitizen' Uwe Puetter leads the research themes ‘Market constraints and political choice’ and ‘Democratic parliamentary control in times of crisis’. Together with Wieger Bakker, Universiteit Utrecht he also co-coordinates the project's workpackage on 'Forward looking activities'. Uwe Puetter is also a member of the Horizon 2020 project 'SCEUS' which surveys decision-making in European Union member states during the euro crisis.

Uwe Puetter served on the Committee of the 'University Association for Contemporary European Studies' (UACES) from 2007 until 2009 and was a member of the 'Sprecher/innen'-team which coordinates the 'Arbeitskreis Integrationsforschung' of the 'Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft' (AKI-DVPW) - the working group on European integration research of the German Association for Political Science - from 2006 until 2012. He was appointed as a member of the European Research Council Advanced Grant evaluation panel 'SH2: Institutions, Values, Beliefs and Behaviour' in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Political Science Review.

Read recent commentary and analysis by Uwe Puetter on new dynamics in European Union governance and constitutional options, the European Council, the outlook of relations between the European Council under Donald Tusk and the new Juncker Commission and the Eurogroup

Uwe Puetter is on sabbatical during the winter and spring terms in 2017.


Ph.D., Queen's University Belfast, UK
M.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Hanover, Germany

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