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Johannes Müller-Gómez

Johannes Müller-Gómez
 

Dissertation

Quasi-federal systems and their international commitments

(Supervisors: Frédéric Mérand, UdeM / Berthold Rittberger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Mentor: Martin Papillon, Montréal)

In contrast to unitary states, quasi-federal systems regularly face a structural challenge as regards their compliance with pledges made at the international level: The federal level regularly cannot achieve the targets it committed to without the sub-federal level. Vertical cooperation and coordination between the federal and the sub-federal levels often are indispensable for a successful implementation of the envisaged objectives. A particular test for federally organised systems arises when they need to accommodate and balance diverging interests of their constituting parts. Some cases achieve this more successfully than others. Against this backdrop, the objective of my dissertation is to understand the capacity of quasi-federal systems to fulfill their international commitments, using climate negotiations as a case study.

The purpose of my project twofold. First, I seek to grasp the differences between unitary and federal systems as regards the accomplishment of their international commitments. Second, I seek to understand why some quasi-federal systems accomplish their international commitments more successfully than others. Consequently, this PhD project strives for making a crucial contribution to the state of the art regarding the functioning and performance of multi-level governance.

My overall research question is as follows: What factors inhibit quasi-federal systems from fulfilling their international obligations?

To answer my research question, I use a mixed-method approach. First, I conduct a regression analysis that serves to detect and explain differences between unitary and federal systems with regard to climate change mitigation. Second, I study two quasi-federal cases, Canada and the European Union, by applying process-tracing. Here, the purpose is to shed light on the concrete dynamics and processes within a quasi-federal system and to develop hypotheses that shall explain why some quasi-federal systems meet their international obligations more successfully than others. Third, I test these hypotheses in a comparative examination of all quasi-federal systems that committed to concrete climate action goals by means of a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA).

Education

Since 2017
Doctorat en science politique à l’Université de Montréal et l’Université Ludwig-Maximilian de Munich (cotutelle)
2014
Master of Arts en science politique à l’Université de Cologne
Études à l'étranger:
2013
Université de Montréal
2012
École supérieure d'économie de Moscou
2011
Bachelor of Arts en études latino-américaines et sciences sociales à l’Université de Cologne
Études à l'étranger:
2009
Université de Liège
2009 - 2010
Université de Guadalajara

Work Experience

Since 2016
Directeur de programme et membre du conseil exécutif, Cologne Monnet Association for EU-Studies (COMOS)
2018 - 2019
Coordinateur, Centre Jean Monnet de Montréal, McGill University & Université de Montréal
2018 - 2019
Auxiliaire de recherche, Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CÉRIUM), Université de Montréal
2017 - 2018
Auxiliaire d’enseignement, Département de science politique, Université de Montréal
2016 - 2017
Chercheur (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) et chargé de cours, Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS), Université de Cologne
2014 - 2016
Chercheur (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) et chargé de cours, Chaire Jean Monnet en politique européenne, Université de Cologne
2012 / 2013 - 2014
Auxiliaire de recherche, Chaire Jean Monnet en politique européenne, Université de Cologne

Publications

2019
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels/Johannes Wolters) The European Parliament and the European Council. A shift in the balance of power?, in: Oliver Costa (ed.), The European Parliament in times of crisis: Dynamics and Transformations (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), 53-76.
2018
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels) Die institutionelle Architektur der Europäischen Union (The institutional architecture of the European Union), in: Werner Weidenfeld/Wolfgang Wessels (eds.), Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2018 (Baden-Baden: Nomos), 71-84.
2018
(co-authored with Frédéric Mérand) Brexit: A Report on Canadian, U.S., and European Expertise, Report for Global Affairs Canada.
2018
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels) Jahresbericht 2018: Die deutsche Verwaltung und die Europäische Union. Bericht über aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Europäischen Union und in der deutschen EU-Politik (Annual report 2018: The German administration and the European Union. Current developments in the European Union and German EU policy), Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung.
2017
(co-authored with Wulf Reiners/Wolfgang Wessels) EU-Politik in Krisenzeiten. Krisenmanagement und Integrationsdynamik in der Europäischen Union (EU politics in times of crises. Crisis management and integration dynamics in the European Union), in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 37/2017, 11-17.
2017
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels) Die deutsche Verwaltung und die Europäische Union. Deutsche Beamte im EU-Mehrebenensystem (The German administration and the European Union. German officials in the EU’s multi-level system), Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung.
2017
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels): Spitzenkandidaten 2.0. Initial deficits and prospects for 2019, in: Lorenzo Vai/Pier Domenico Tortola/Nicoletta Pirozzi (eds.), Governing Europe. How to make the EU more efficient and democratic (Brussels: Peter Lang), 49-72.
2017
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels) Die institutionelle Architektur der Europäischen Union (The institutional architecture of the European Union), in: Werner Weidenfeld/Wolfgang Wessels (eds.),Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration 2017 (Baden-Baden: Nomos), 71-86.
2017
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels) Jahresbericht 2017: Die deutsche Verwaltung und die Europäische Union. Bericht über aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Europäischen Union und in der deutschen EU-Politik (Annual report 2017: The German administration and the European Union. Current developments in the European Union and German EU policy), Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung.
2016
(co-edited with Anja Lenkeit/Anna-Maria Peer) Lateinamerika und der Freihandel. Interessen. Diskurse. Perspektiven (Latin America and free trade. Interests. Discourses. Perspectives), (Köln: connosco).
2016
(co-authored with Anna-Maria Peer) Die Freihandelspolitik Lateinamerikas. Ein Überblick (Latin America’s free trade policy. An overview), in: Anja Lenkeit/Johannes Müller-Gómez/Anna Maria Peer (eds.), Lateinamerika und der Freihandel. Interessen. Diskurse. Perspektiven (Köln: connosco), 8-12.
2016
Freihandelsabkommen – Normative Mittel der Europäischen Union? (Free trade agreements – A normative instrument of the European Union?), in: Anja Lenkeit/Johannes Müller-Gómez/Anna Maria Peer (eds.), Lateinamerika und der Freihandel. Interessen. Diskurse. Perspektiven (Köln: connosco), 18-29.
2016
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels) The Spitzenkandidaten Procedure: Reflecting on the Future of an Electoral Experiment, iai Working Paper 16-08.
2016
Why and How the Spitzenkandidaten Procedure Should be Further Developed, EuVisions, http://www.euvisions.eu/why-and-how-the-spitzenkandidaten-procedure-should-be-further-developed/.
2015
(co-authored with Alexander Hoppe): Wege aus der Legitimitätskrise. Chancen eines europäischen Föderalismus (Overcoming the legitimacy crisis: Opportunities of a European federalism), in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 28-30/2015, 30-35.
2015
(co-authored with Wolfgang Wessels) The EP elections 2014 and their consequences. A further step towards EU parliamentarism?, in: Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto 52-2015, 39-66.
2014
(co-authored with Oliver Höing) Towards the German model? Spitzenkandidaten and European Elections 2014, in: L’Europe en formation 4/55, 54-65.
2014
Arbeitsplätze, Klimaschutz, Migration und Freihandel. Zu den Herausforderungen der neuen Legislaturperiode des Europäischen Parlaments (Jobs, climate change, migration and free trade: Challenges of the new European Parliament), in: Europa und Arbeitsmarkt 2/11, 5.

Conference Presentations

09/2019
Voting Behaviour in the European Parliament. Political Group Cohesion in EU Climate Policy-Making
University Association for Contemporary European Studies, 49e colloque annuel, Lisbonne, 2/9/2019.
06/2019
Refugees welcome? Contestation over a European distribution mechanism
International Public Policy Association, 4e colloque biennale sur la politique publique, Montréal, 26/6/2019.
06/2019
Quasi-federal systems and their fulfilment of international commitments. Canada, the European Union and beyond
International Public Policy Association, 4e colloque biennale sur la politique publique, Montréal, 26/6/2019.
05/2019
Refugees welcome? Contestation over a European distribution mechanism
European Union Studies Association, 16e colloque biennale de l’EUSA, Denver, 9/5/2019.
05/2019
The European Parliament and the European Council. A shift in the balance of power?
European Union Studies Association, 16e colloque biennale de l’EUSA, Denver, 10/5/2019.
05/2019
The result of (mis)construction? Crisis management and institutionalisation in the EU
European Union Studies Association, 16e colloque biennale de l’EUSA, Denver, avec Tobias Kunstein et Wulf Reiners, 10/5/2019.
03/2019
Refugees welcome? Contestation over a European distribution mechanism
Carleton University, colloque « Migration, Identity and Politics in Europe », Ottawa, 1/3/2019.
11/2018
EU politics in times of crises. Crisis management and integration dynamics
Northeastern Political Science Association, 51e colloque annuel de la NPSA, Montréal, 8/11/2018.
11/2018
Still sui generis ? The comparative turn in EU politics
COMOS, colloque « The future of the European Union. Comparative experiences from federal systems », Montréal, 1/11/2018.
06/2018
Inter-institutional power struggle. The role of the European Parliament and the European Council in the EU’s institutional architecture
Projet Jean Monnet EUCOPAS, colloque « Inter-institutional balance: towards a new institutional architecture? », Bruxelles, 5/6/2018.
05/2018
Diffusion of EU climate norms in Canada: A case study on the European Emissions Trading System and the Western Climate Initiative
Association d’Etudes sur la Communauté européenne - Canada, 12e colloque biennale de l’ECSA-C, Toronto, 10/5/2018.
05/2017
The balance of power between the European Parliament and the European Council
Parlement européen & Collège d’Europe, atelier « The European Parliament in times of crisis: Dynamics and Transformations », Bruxelles, avec Johannes Wolters, 30/5/2017.
05/2017
The European Council and the Future of EU Democracy. Prospects of an Enhanced Multi-level Parliamentarism
European Union Studies Association, 15e colloque biennale de l’EUSA, Miami, 4/5/2017.
06/2016
How to reform the European Spitzenkandidaten system
Centro Studi sul Federalismo, Open Society European Policy Institute et Istituto Affari Internazionali, colloque « How to make the EU more efficient and democratic », Bruxelles, 16/6/2016.
05/2016
Refugees welcome? Contestation over a European distribution mechanism
Association d’Etudes sur la Communauté européenne - Canada, 11e colloque biennale de l’ECSA-C, Halifax, avec Birte Windheuser, 11/5/2016.
04/2016
The EU and the refugee crisis. Member States’ opposition to a European solution and implications for the EU’s actorness
Cambridge University, séminaire « The European Union as a Credible Global Actor », Cambridge, avec Birte Windheuser, 5/4/2016.
12/2015
The Future of the Spitzenkandidaten Procedure
Centro Studi sul Federalismo & Istituto Affari Internazionali, séminaire « Governing Europe », Turin, 10/12/2015.
05/2015
Freihandelsabkommen – Normative Mittel der EU? (Free trade agreements – A normative instrument of the European Union?)
connosco, colloque « Freihandel zwischen Lateinamerika und der EU. Chancen, Risiken, Alternativen », Cologne, 9/5/2015.
03/2015
The 2014 Elections to the European Parliament. Towards a new Representation of Citizens at the EU level?
PADEMIA – Parliamentary Democracy in Europe, atelier « Rethinking Representation? The Changing Environment for Parliamentary Democracy », Vienne, 27/3/2015.
 
 
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