Elena Ríos Camacho

DOCTORAL FELLOW

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Office: Feldkirchenstr. 21, Room: FG1/00.04, 96052 Bamberg, Germany
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E-Mail:
elena.rios-camacho(at)uni-bamberg.de
Phone: +49(0)951/863-2920
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Pillar 4: Governance, Institutional Change and Political Behaviour

Field: Political Science, EU Politics

Research Interests: Banking Union, European Financial Market Regulation, European Integration Theory, EU Institutions, Qualitative Research Methods
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// DISSERTATION PROJECT


The EU Last Grand Bargain: Decision-Making in the Integration Process of the European Banking Union

The creation of Banking Union in the years from 2012 to 2014 represents one of the most important steps towards European integration to date. After all the resistance of the Member States to centralized banking supervision and regulation before and during the financial crisis, institutional change took place in a fast but asymmetrical way. Banking Union was conceived as a “legislative package” since the first version of the Four Presidents’ Report in 2012. The final outcome of the negotiations was a hybrid banking union with supranational and intergovernmental elements. There was no empowerment of the European Commission, but of the European Central Bank, a supranational EU agency, which also showed its own will to protect the Euro, which was contested by some Member States, especially Germany. Following these empirical observations, which constitute a puzzle and an “integration paradox”, the research question is: “How can the creation of Banking Union be explained?”

This PhD project aims at giving a theoretical explanation for this integration outcome by using rational choice institutionalism and historical institutionalism to explain why and how collective decision-making occurs, the nature of distributional problems and patterns of actors’ self-interests. Data will mostly consist of the European Council conclusions, Council’s minutes and press releases, interviews and speeches of the Member States’ Heads of Government or State and finance ministers, European Commission’s legislative proposals, documents from private actors and academia, media articles, and semi-structured interviews with EU officials and policy experts. Empirically, this research sheds light on the process by which member states delegate powers to the ECB and create new EU financial structures like the Single Resolution Mechanism despite their national interests. It analyzes intra- and inter-institutional dynamics thereby unpacking the causal mechanisms at work. Theoretically, this research will construct a case-specific theoretical explanation for this particular integration outcome.

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// ACADEMIC BACKGROUND  


2015 – Today

Doctoral Researcher at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS), University of Bamberg, Germany

2013 – 2014
Double Degree Master in European Studies at the University of Twente and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Cum Laude

Specialization: Regulation, Europe and Innovation

M.Sc. in European Studies, University of Twente, The Netherlands
M.A. in European Studies, University of Münster, Germany

Master Thesis: “The Final Leg of An Ambitious Project: Who decides? Resolving Cross-Border Failed Banks in the European Union. Analysis of the establishment of the Single Resolution Mechanism through a Neofunctionalist and Liberal Intergovernmentalist lens”.

2012 – 2013
B.Sc. (Pre-Master) in European Studies, University of Twente, The Netherlands

2005 – 2010
Four Years’ University Degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies, University of Cordoba, Spain

2007 – 2008
Erasmus exchange student at the Faculty of Cultural Studies, Department of English and American Studies, University of Dortmund, Germany

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

Since 04/ 2015
German Excellence Initiative

09/2010 – 05/2011
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

09/2007 – 07/2008
Erasmus study abroad stipend

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// PUBLICATIONS


Rios Camacho, Elena (2014). The Final Leg of An Ambitious Project: Who decides? Resolving Cross-Border Failed Banks in the European Union. Analysis of the Establishment of the Single Resolution Mechanism through a Neofunctionalist and Liberal Intergovernmentalist Lens. Unpublished master thesis, University of Twente and University of Münster.

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// CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS


2017

Workshop on "Secluded Decision-Making in the EU (TRILOGUES)" with Prof. Dr. Ariadna Ripoll Servent, BAGSS/University of Bamberg. Bamberg/Germany. November 16 2017. Paper discussant.

EUSA Fifteenth Biennial Conference, Presentation: "The EU Last Grand Bargain: Explaining the Emergence and Institutional Design of the European Banking Union". Miami/USA. May 4-6 2017.

Conference on “The Political Role of the European Central Bank in European Union Governance”, University of Duisburg-Essen. Presentation: "The First Leg of an Ambitious Project: Institutional Lock-in Effects and the Limits of Bargaining Power in the Negotiations leading to the Single Supervisory Mechanism". Duisburg. April 5-6 2017.

2016
UACES 46th Annual Conference, UACES. Presentation: "First Steps towards Banking Union: Interstate Negotiations in the Creation of the Single Supervisory Mechanism". London/UK. September 5 - 7 2016.

3rd Annual BAGSS Conference 'When the State intervenes', Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences. Presentation: "From Incremental Responses to Radical Changes: what explains the Emergence of the Single Supervisory Mechanism? Interstate Negotiations in the Integration Process of the ECB as the New European Supervisory Authority". Bamberg/Germany. July 20 - 21 2016.

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, European Consortium for Political Research. Presentation: "The EU Last “Grand Bargain”: Decision-Making in the Integration Process of the European Banking Union". Pisa/Italy. April 24 - 28 2016.  

23rd International Conference of Europeanists, Council for European Studies. Presentation: "From Incremental Responses to Radical Changes: what explains the Emergence of the Single Supervisory Mechanism? Agenda-Setting and Decision-Making in the Integration Process of the ECB as the New European Supervisory Authority".  Philadelphia/USA. April 14 - 16 2016.

Workshop on "Analysis of Political Institutions" with Prof. Dr. George Tsebelis, BAGSS/University of Bamberg. April 4 2016.

Internal BAGSS Conference, Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences. Presentation: "EU Decision-Making in an Unprecedented Euro Crisis: Explaining the Integration Process of the European Banking Union". Bamberg/Germany. February 17 - 18 2016. 

2015
Workshop on "Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in the Council of the European Union", BAGSS/University of Bamberg. November 13 2015.

2nd Annual BAGSS Conference 'Inequalities', Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences. Presentation: "The Final Leg of An Ambitious Project: Who Decides? Resolving Cross-Border Failed Banks in the European Union. Analysis of the Establishment of the Single Resolution Mechanism through a Neofunctionalist and Liberal Intergovernmentalist Lens". Bamberg/Germany. September 29 - 30 2015.


Fieldwork

Semi-structured qualitative interviews with EU officials at the European Commission, European Council, Council of the European Union, European Parliament and European Central Bank conducted as part of the PhD project


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// EXPERIENCE


Professional Experience

02/2014 – 04/2014
Research Assistant at the Centre for European Studies of the University of Twente, The Netherlands

11/2013 – 11/2014
Student Assistant in the course “European Legal Integration” part of the B.Sc. in European Studies of the University of Twente, The Netherlands


Teaching Experience

10/2017 – 03/2018
Teaching Assistant at the Chair of International Relations, University of Bamberg, Germany
Undergraduate seminar: European Integration

10/2016 – 03/2017
Teaching Assistant at the Chair of International Relations, University of Bamberg, Germany
Undergraduate seminar: Introduction to International and European Politics WS 16/17

11/2016
Guest lecture: "Monetary Policy: overcoming the Financial Crisis?"

Graduate seminar: Policy-Making in the European Union"

Internships and Non-academic Experience

02/2015 – 03/2015
Trainee at the Embassy of Spain in The Hague, the Netherlands

05/2014 – 07/2014
Trainee at the Consulate General of Spain in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

09/2010 – 05/2011
Intern at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs & DAAD, Germany


Training

2016
ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques, University of Bamberg, 29 February – 3 March. Introduction to NVivo, 2 days; Advanced Process-tracing, 5 days.

2015
ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, University of Ljubljana, 23 July – 8 August. Process-tracing Methodology I – Foundations and Guidelines, 5 days.


Professional Affiliations
ECPR (European Consortium of Political Research)
UACES (Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies)
AECPA (Spanish Association of Political Science and Public Administration)

 

 

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