Dr. Lukas Obholzer


Visiting scholar

Address Ihnestraße 22
Room 121
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0)30 - 838-61543
Email lukas.obholzer[at]

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During the winter term 2016/2017 office hours will be held on Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm.

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Lukas Obholzer joined the Center for European Integration in 2016 as Visiting Lecturer. Previously, he was LSE Fellow in European Politics at the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He received his PhD from the LSE’s European Institute, where he also completed his MSc in European studies (research). He holds a BA from Maastricht University.

Lukas has a broad interest in European integration, European Union politics, political behaviour and comparative politics. His research focuses on EU legislative politics and comparative political institutions.

Teaching (winter term 216/2017):

  • Researching the European Union (MA-Seminar)
  • Legislative Politics in the European Union (Projektseminar)
  • Colloquium Europäische Integration mit Schwerpunkt quantitative Methoden (Colloquium)

Research interests:

  • European Union politics
  • European integration
  • National coordination of EU policy
  • Legislative organisation
  • Bicameral decision-making
  • Coalition formation
  • Electoral institutions

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

(2016) An Online Electoral Connection? How Electoral Systems Condition Representatives' Social Media Use (with William T. Daniel). European Union Politics, 17 (3), pp. 387-407.

(2015) Learning on the Job? EU Enlargement and the Assignment of (Shadow) Rapporteurships in the European Parliament (with Steffen Hurka and Michael Kaeding). Journal of Common Market Studies, 53 (6), pp. 1230-1247.

                               Findings described in Die Presse (AT), p.5, 11 August 2015

(2011) National Coordination of EU Policy: A Comparative Study of the Twelve “New” Member States (with Julian Hörner and Laura Gärtner). Journal of Contemporary European Research, 7 (1), pp. 77-100.


Book chapters and review articles

(2014) Campaigning on Twitter: How Members of the European Parliament Used New Social Media in the Run-Up to the 2014 European Elections. In M. Kaeding & N. Switek (eds), Die Europawahl 2014 [The 2014 European elections], pp. 247-256. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

(2012) The EU and Formalisation of Sectoral Social Dialogue: Lessons from the Sector of Central Public Administrations (with Michael Kaeding). In Stijn Smismans (ed.), The European Union and Industrial Relations - New Procedures, New Context (pp.40-55). Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press.

(2012) Review article. Different Lenses, One Objective: Towards a Sharper Picture of European Union Policy-Making. Journal of European Integration, 34 (1), pp. 93-100.


Policy contributions and outreach

(2015) New Member States are Structurally Underrepresented in Important Rapporteur Positions in the European Parliament (with Steffen Hurka and Michael Kaeding). LSE EUROPP Blog, August 2015.

(2012) Mid-term Evaluation of the 2009-14 European Parliament: Legislative Activity and Decision-Making Dynamics (for VoteWatch Europe with Doru Frantescu, Sara Hagemann, and Simon Hix). CEPS Special Report, No. 63, July 2012.

(2012) How to Negotiate under Co-Decision in the EU: Reforming Trilogues and First-Reading Agreements (with Christine Reh). CEPS Policy Brief, No. 270, May 2012.

(2012) Pulling the Strings: Party Group Coordinators in the European Parliament (with Michael Kaeding). Eipascope 1/2012, pp. 13-18.

(2011) A Call to Members of the European Parliament: Take Transparency Seriously and Enact the ‘Legislative Footprint’. CEPS Policy Brief, No. 256, October 2011.