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Dr Christine Reh
Department of Political Science
University College London
London
Appointment
  • Reader in European Politics
  • Dept of Political Science
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

Christine Reh joined UCL's Department of Political Science 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 (2003-2007), an MA in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (2000-2001) and an MA in English Literature, Linguistics and Politics from the University of Trier (1995-2000). She previously worked as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe (2000-2001), as a research assistant at the Federal Trust in London (2001) and as an intern with the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels (2005). In 2013, she was a member of the APSA President's Task Force on "Negotiating Agreement in Politics". Christine's research interests are constitutional politics, the theory and practice of international negotiation, informal decision-making in the European Union and legitimate governance beyond the state. Publications include Constitutionalizing the European Union (with Thomas Christiansen; Palgrave, 2009) as well as journal articles in Comparative Political Studies, Government and Opposition, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics. 

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In the sub-discipline of European Politics, Christine Reh contributes to scholarship on constitutional politics, legislative decision-making and legitimate governance beyond the state. Her research 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 by political scientists. Christine's work 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's most recent project on "The Informal Politics of Co-Decision" investigated the reasons for and the consequences of the "informalisation" of the EU's legislative process since 1999. The research was conducted jointly with Adrienne Heritier (European University Institute) and was funded by the ESRC. Christine is the co-author of Constitutionalizing the European Union (with Thomas Christiansen; Palgrave, 2009), the co-editor of Politics as Compromise (with Richard Bellamy and Markus Kornprobst; special issue of Government and Opposition, 2012) and of Twenty Year of Legislative Codecision in the European Union (with Anne Rasmussen and Charlotte Burns; special issue of Journal of European Public Policy, 2013), and she has published her research in Comparative Political Studies, Government and Opposition, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics. 

Teaching Summary

Christine Reh currently teaches three post-graduate modules: "The European Union: Institutions and Politics", "The European Union, Globalisation and the State", and "The European Union in Global Politics". Christine facilitates the Department's participation in the EU Negotiation Moot, organised by the European Parliament, and organises an annual study trip to Brussels. From 2008-2011 her teaching received funding from the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme. 

Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Political Science and Social Science European University Institute, Florence
2001 MA Master of Arts – Administration and Political Studies The College of Europe
2000 MA Master of Arts – Political Science with English Litrature Universitat Trier
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