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BAMBERG GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES


Isabel Winnwa

DOCTORAL FELLOW

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Office: Feldkirchenstr. 21, Room: FG1/00.02, 96052 Bamberg, Germany
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E-Mail:isabel.winnwa(at)uni-bamberg.de
Phone: +49(0)951/863-2817
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Pillar 4: Governance, Institutional Change and Political Behaviour

Field: Political Science, European Politics

Research Interests:
EU Policy-Making, EU Institutions, Decision-making Processes, Justice and Home Affairs, Social and Employment policy, Qualitative Methods
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// DISSERTATION PROJECT


The Impact of Agency in EU Policy-Making: Actor Strategies in Legislative Decision-Making Processes

Why does the EU take the decisions it does? Who takes these decisions and which role do they play in the decision-making process? How do actors choose their negotiation strategies? When is a strategy a winning strategy? Despite the knowledge we have about developments in European integration, policy changes induced by the EU institutions and Europeanization effects, the actual EU decision-making processes are still largely “black-boxed”. We have yet to understand how decisions are made in the institutions, most importantly the complex actor networks and interactions and the role of informal and formal settings and their impact on the decision-making process. Extant research underestimates process dynamics: actors play a strategic game to arrive from initial preferences at final decision outcomes. Looking at legislative negotiations in highly salient policy areas, such as Justice and Home Affairs and Social and Employment Policy, will further our understanding of how the consensus-building process works. Controversial policy areas and proposals are particularly appropriate, as actors have higher incentives to enter a strategy game: further their interests while still trying to reach an agreement with the others. The Lisbon reform has produced an intricate framework for legislative decision-making: the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament are three major institutional players, each comprising a complex set of actor networks, which need to be taken into account. Also, the formal setting of co-decision, for example, can be assumed to affect the strategic incentives for actors: now, the Council has to consider the Parliament’s position in negotiations, as it has the possibility to reject legislative proposals by vote. This project will contain a number of case studies on highly salient policy proposals and detailed process-tracing of intra- and inter-institutional negotiations, where Council, Parliament and Commission strategically pursued their interests while trying to avoid deadlock. The detailed analysis and comparison of mechanisms will ideally unravel the “black box” and thus further our understanding of complex EU negotiations.


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// PUBLICATIONS


Papers

“Towards Fortress Europe? How States Exploit Border and Migration Issues in EU Negotiations”. In: European Union Studies Association (EUSA), EU Political Economy Bulletin, Issue 22, Summer 2016. www.eustudies.org/interest-sections/political-economy/newsletter

 “From national political traditions to European federalism? A case study of five EU member states”, collaborative research paper with Cristina Juverdeanu and Christian Freudlsperger for Atelier Europe and Sciences Po Paris, April/Mai 2013.
www.atelier-europe.eu/blog/2013/06/des-traditions-politiques-nationales-au-federalisme.html


Articles

Isabel Winnwa, The German Grand Coalition: Governing Without Opposition?, NOUVELLE EUROPE (Jan. 3, 2014),  externer Link folgt www.nouvelle-europe.eu/node/1775

Isabel Winnwa, The Left-Right cleavage is dead… long live the Left-Right cleavage?, NOUVELLE EUROPE, (May 26, 2014),  externer Link folgt www.nouvelle-europe.eu/node/1830

Isabel Winnwa, Greek Presidency of the European Council: a change in the course of the EU?, NOUVELLE EUROPE, (Feb. 15, 2014),  externer Link folgt http://www.nouvelle-europe.eu/node/1793


Policy articles
Written evidence submitted to the European Scrutiny Committee: “Transparency of decision-making in the Council of the European Union”, UK Parliament, House of Commons, Second Report of the Season 2016-2017, 19 May 2016.
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmeuleg/128/12802.htm


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// CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS


Conference and workshop organization

Main organizer and co-host of the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences workshop on "What People Know and Think. The Role of Attitudes and Information in the Process of Political Decision-Making and Policy Use". Bamberg/Germany. 16-17 March 2017.

Invited guests:

Prof. Dr. Carlo Barone (Sciences Po, Paris) - Sociology
Dr. Agnes Blome (WZB, Berlin Social Science Center) - Political Science
Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz (Bamberg University) - Sociology
Prof. Michelle J. Budig, PhD (University of Massachusetts) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaissmaier (University of Konstanz) - Psychology
Prof. Roberta Guerrina, PhD (University of Surrey) - Political Science
Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow (Goethe University Frankfurt) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Till Grüne-Yanoff (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) - Philosophy
Dr. Michael F. Meffert (Leiden University) - Political Science
Dr. Elias Naumann (University of Mannheim) - Sociology
Dipl.-Volksw. Erik Neimanns (University of Konstanz) - Economics
Dipl.-Soz. Regina Neumann (State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Bernd Schlipphak (University of Muenster (WWU)) - Political Science
Prof. Pia S. Schober, Ph.D. (University of Tübingen) - Sociology
Prof. Dr. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg (VU University, Amsterdam) - Sociology
Dr. Caren Tempelman (SEO Amsterdam Economics) - Economic
Prof. Dr. Dimiter Toshkov (Leiden University) - Political Science

Main organizer and co-host of the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences and UACES workshop on „Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in the Council of the European Union”, 13 November 2015, with Prof. Dr. Ariadna Ripoll Servent.

Invited guests:

Prof. Dr. Derek Beach, University of Aarhus
Prof. Dr. Sandrino Smeets, Radboud University
Prof. Dr. Raphael Bossong, European University  Viadrina
Prof. Dr. Christof Roos, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Dr. Bruno Vandecasteele, University of Ghent
Dr. Natascha Zaun, University of Mainz
Dr. Markus Johansson, University of Gothenburg
Hans Nilsson, Secretariat General, Council of the European Union

Introductory lecture on “Research on the Council of the European Union. State of the art”, Workshop on „Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in the Council of the European Union”, 13 November 2015.

Main organizer of the 2nd Annual BAGSS Conference on the topic of “Inequalities”, 29-30 September 2015, with Prof. Dr. Thomas Saalfeld and Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kristen.


Third party funds

Successful application for third-party funding of University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) for the workshop on „Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in the Council of the European Union”, with Prof. Dr. Ariadna Ripoll Servent, 1000 GBP.


Conference contributions

2017
Council for European Studies, Conference for Europeanists. Glasgow/Scotland. 12-14 July 2017.

European Union Studies Association, Fifteenth Biennial Conference. Miami/USA. 4-6 May 2017.

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago/USA. 6-9 April 2017 (accepted, participation declined).

Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago/USA. 7-10 April 2016.

Council for European Studies, Conference for Europeanists. Philadelphia/USA. 14-16 April 2016.

2016

ECPR General Conference. Prague/Czech Republic. 7-10 September 2016 (panel chair & discussant).

UACES, Academic Association for European Studies, Annual Conference. London/UK. 5-7 September 2016 (panel chair).

ECPR Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU). Trento/Italy. 15-18 June 2016 (panel chair & discussant).

European Union in International Affairs (EUIA). Brussels/Belgium. 11-13 May 2016 (accepted, participation declined).


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// ACADEMIC BACKGROUND    


2012 - 2014
Double Master at Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo Paris) and London School of Economics and Political Science

Master of Arts European Affairs, SciencesPo (Master 1)Master of Science Politics and Government in the European Union, LSE (Master 2)

Master dissertation topic:
“Enforcement of European asylum and refugee law: time-inconsistent preferences, agency loss and the impact of oversight“
Comparative case study of Germany and Greece regarding country-specific problems in enforcing European asylum and refugee policy, focus on administrative efficiency, bureaucratic drift and the impact of oversight in a principal-agent framework.
      
2008 - 2012
Bachelor of Arts at Saarland University in French Cultural Science and Intercultural Communication. Minor in Comparative Literature and European Studies


2010 - 2011
Diploma of the International Programme of Sciences Po Paris


2009 - 2014

Awardee of a merit scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
additional merit scholarship for studies abroad (France) 2010-2012
additional scholarship for studies abroad (United Kingdom) 2013-2014

2008
University Entrance Diploma, Hugo-Ball-Gymnasium, Pirmasens


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// EXPERIENCE

Teaching experience

2016/2017
Winter term: Undergraduate Seminar „European Integration“. University of Bamberg

2015/2016
Winter term: Undergraduate Seminar „Introduction to International and European Politics“. University of Bamberg

   
Internships and non-academic experience

2013 – 2014
Editor-in-chief of the London office of the Think Tank „Nouvelle Europe“

2013
Internship as Assistant to the Federal Representative for German-French Bilateral Cultural Relations, the Ministerpresident Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes, Büro II

2011 – 2012
Parliamentary assistant to the French Deputy woman, Elisabeth Guigou, former Minister of Justice and European Affairs, Vice-President of the National Assembly (2010-2011)

2007-2008
Free-lance journalist at "DIE RHEINPFALZ"


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