The research activities of the junior professorship primarily focus on studying the domestic and global implications of regional integration in Europe. Domestically, the process of European integration has deeply affected the national institutions, politics and policies in EU member states and candidate countries. At the same time, regional integration in Europe is also likely to have external effects beyond EU borders: the EU has become an international actor in its own right and interacts with third countries and other world regions. The junior professorship currently explores the various effects of European integration by pursuing research in four different areas.
European integration and democratic governance
This strand of research studies the effect of (preparation to) EU membership on national democracy, with a special focus on the role of national parliaments. See here for the latest publications.
Compliance with EU law
In another research area, Prof. Sprungk has been analyzing under which conditions member states comply with EU law in order to understand what factors can account for the EU’s non-compliance problem. See here for more information on the research project and here for the latest publications.
EU environmental policy
Given the severe violations in the environment sector, Prof. Sprungk has also developed a special interest in studying EU environmental policy and its domestic and global implications. See here for the latest publications.
Religion and politics in the EU and beyond
More recently, Prof. Sprungk has also become interested in studying the role of religion in EU politics, in particular with regard to the question whether the EU acts as a “secular power” within and beyond its borders. She has organized a panel on the topic at the EUSA conference in Boston 2011 and is currently preparing a publication on the Europeanization of religion in the EU member states.