Here you can find an overview of ongoing and past resarch projects, and publications on the linkages between electoral politics, institutions, and fiscal policies in the European Union.
 

    Ongoing research projects

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    The choice for Europe since Maastricht: Member states' preferences for economic and financial policy (Horizon 2020, 2015-2019)

    This project focuses on EU member states’ fiscal policy positions during and in the aftermath of the global financial crisis 2007–2008. Many models of a fiscal union have been proposed and discussed. What is missing are not ideas and economic analysis, but the political consensus among member states’ governments for a specific integration path. To understand why EU member states collectively responded to the recent global financial crisis through fiscal policy reforms the way they did, we study the positions of member states’ governments on different models of a fiscal union in the project The choice for Europe since Maastricht: Member states' preferences for economic and financial policy. The project, for which I am co-investigator, is part of a Europe-wide consortium coordinated at the University of Salzburg. PI: Jonas Tallberg.

      Past research projects

      Euroboat

      Unequal Europe: Redistribution, reelection, and inequality in the European Union (Regional Studies Association, 2015-2017)

      This project examined the linkages between electoral politics, fiscal redistribution, and socio-economic inequalities in the EU. Drawing on welfare economics and the inequality and policy feedback literature, the project developed and tested a rational-choice institutionalist theory for how electoral politics and EU regional development funding combine in explaining socio-economic inequalities in the EU. PI: Lisa Dellmuth.

        Publications

        1. Peer-reviewed journal articles

        Târlea, S., Bailer, S., Degner, H., Dellmuth, L.M., Leuffen, D., Lundgren, M., Tallberg, J. & Wasserfallen, F. “Explaining governmental preferences on Economic and Monetary Union Reform”, European Union Politics, online first 2018.

        Lundgren, M., Bailer, S., Dellmuth, L.M., Tallberg, J. & Târlea, S. “Bargaining success in the reform of the Eurozone”, European Union Politics, online first 2018.

        Dellmuth, L.M., Schraff, D. and Stoffel, M.F., “Distributive politics, electoral institutions, and European Structural and Investment Funding: Evidence from Italy and France”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 55:2 (2016), pp. 275-293.

        Dellmuth, L.M. and Stoffel, M.F., “Distributive politics and intergovernmental transfers: The local allocation of European Union Structural Funds”, European Union Politics, 13:3 (2012), pp. 413–433. Sage Award for the best article published in European Union Politics in 2012 (vol. 13).

        Dellmuth, L.M., “The cash divide: The allocation of European Union regional grants”, Journal of European Public Policy, 18:7 (2011), pp. 1016–1033. Best Paper Award for young scholars presented at the Swedish Political Science Association in 2010.

        Discussed by Polscieu (Ideas on Europe).

         
        2. Research monograph

        Dellmuth LM (2011) Targeting spending strategically: Bureaucracy, democracy and the distribution of regional development funds in the European Union. Mannheim: University of Mannheim (Ph.D. dissertation) (170p.).

         
        3. Popularizing works

        Policy reports

        Dellmuth, Lisa M. (2011) " European structural, agricultural and environmental spending in Germany: Challenges and problems during the allocation and implementation of EU resources”, policy paper, Stockholm University, Department of Political Science.

        Online blogs

        Chalmers, Adam W. and Lisa M. Dellmuth (August 2015) " The effect of EU spending on support for the integration process depends on how 'European' citizens feel”, blog article at LSE Blog for European Politics and Policy.

        Chalmers, Adam W. and Lisa M. Dellmuth (December 2014) " Why Europe's new cohesion policy is unlikely to enhance the effectiveness of European Structural and Investment Funds”, blog article at Critcom (Council of European Studies).

        Dellmuth, Lisa M., Dominik Schraff, and Michael F. Stoffel (January 2014) " EU funding policies may be undermined”, blog article at LSE Blog for European Politics and Policy (Translated into Spanish by El Diario).

        Contact:

        Stockholm University, Department of Economic History and International Relations, Dr Lisa Dellmuth, SE-10691 Stockholm.

        Or email me.