Professor of Political Science
University of Bergen, Norway
I am a Professor in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway. My research expertise is in the field of comparative politics with a focus on European Union governance, politics, and policymaking, lobbying and interest groups research and stakeholder participation and engagement in executive policymaking. My published research examines key aspects of stakeholder (citizens and interest organizations) participation in the design and formulation of public policies such as: the design and reform of public consultation regimes, the use of stakeholder consultations as reputation building strategies by the European Commission, the legitimacy and political consequences of Better Regulation reforms, the regulation of lobbying and interest groups in the European Union, the patterns of interest groups participation and levels of influence in bureaucratic policymaking.
ERC Starting Grant
In 2018 I was awarded a 5 years European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant entitled “CONSULTATIONEFFECTS – Effects of stakeholder consultation on inputs, processes and outcomes of executive policymaking.” The project investigates stakeholder consultations as institutions of political participation and representation, and systematically studies their effects on policy inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes of executive policymaking in the EU Member States and the EU polity.
I am a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (PhD 2012), Central European University (MA 2007) and University of Bucharest (BA 2006).
I currently serve on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of European Public Policy and the Journal of Politics.