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Dr. Sandra Eckert
University of Mannheim
Chair of Political Science and Contemporary History
Seminargebäude A5, 6
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Dr. Sandra Eckert is Interim Professor for the Chair of Political Science and Contemporary History (formerly headed by Prof. Dr. Berthold Rittberger) from August 2012 to July 2013 at the University of Mannheim. Before her appointment in Mannheim, Sandra Eckert taught as an Assistant Professor at the Chair for European Integration (Prof. Dr. Andrea Lenschow) at the University of Osnabrück and at the Center for European Integration (Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel) at the Free University Berlin. During her doctoral studies she worked as a research associate within an EU-funded research project at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute in Florence (project directed by Prof. Dr. Adrienne Héritier). She completed her PhD in July 2009 at the Free University Berlin. Ms. Eckert studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, at the University of Freiburg and at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has published widely in peer-reviewed Journals such as the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Public Policy as well as Regulation & Governance. Her research interests focus on European Governance, regulatory politics and comparative political economy. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled »Social Welfare in the Regulatory State. Public Service Reform and European Capitalism« (under contract with Manchester University Press).
Main fields of interest
Sandra is studying regulatory politics in the European context, with a major focus on the political economy of regulatory reform and delegation to non-majoritarian institutions. More broadly speaking, Sandra is interested in explaining emerging governance regimes in formerly public sectors. Empirically, the focus Is on energy policy and the postal sector. Sandra has also conducted research on industry self-regulation in the field of environment.
KFG research project
“The Politics of Regulatory Reform. Delegation and Liberalisation in the European Postal Sector”, PhD completion grant
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
with T. A. Börzel (2012). “Experimentalist Governance: An Introduction”, Regulation & Governance 6 (3): 371-377.
(2011). European Regulatory Governance. In: Handbook on the Politics of Regulation. Ed. D. Levi-Faur. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar: 513-524.
(2010). “Between Commitment and Control: Varieties of Delegation in the European Postal Sector.” Journal of European Public Policy 17(8): 1231-1252.
(2009). “Postal Reform around the Globe. Comparing the Asian and European Experience.” Policy and Society 27(3): 261-272.
with A. Héritier (2009). “Self-Regulation by Associations: A Collective Action Problem in Environmental Regulation.” Business and Politics 11(1): 1-22.
with A. Héritier (2008). "New Modes of Governance in the Shadow of Hierarchy: Self-Regulation by Industry in Europe." Journal of Public Policy 28(1): 113-138.
Other Articles, Book Chapters and Working Papers
(2012). The Politics of European Regulatory Governance: An Evolutionary Perspective, In: Conference Paper 'Sixty Years of European Governance', York University, Toronto, Canada
(2012). The Limits of Regulation: Social Challenges of Public Sector Restructuring in Europe and beyond, In: Conference Paper 'Regulation, Governance & the Risk State, the Developmental State and the Welfare State', 4th Biennial Conference of the Standing Group on Regulation & Governance, University of Exeter
(2011). EU – Europäische Union. In: Handbuch Internationale Organisationen: Theoretische Grundlagen und Akteure. Eds. K. Freistein and J. Leininger. München, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag: 94-105.
(2009). Researching Governance in a Multinational Environment: The European University Institute. In: European Multilevel Governance. Contrasting Images in National Research. Eds. B. Kohler-Koch and F. Larat. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar: 153-164.