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Prof. Dr. Christian Rauh


Freie Universität Berlin

Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science

Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign- and Security-Policy

Guest professor

Ihnestr. 22
14195 Berlin

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Christian Rauh is a senior researcher (tenured) at the Global Governance department of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. His is primarily interested in European and international organizations with a particular focus on their public politicization and their responsiveness to societal demands. To this end, Christian also engages in applying and developing tools and resources for the automated analysis of large political text corpora. He has been awarded with the 2013 Jean Blondel Prize of the ECPR for the best thesis in politics and his work has been published a.o. by Oxford University Press, the European Journal of Political ResearchEuropean Union Politics, the Journal of European Public Policy, or the Review of International Political Economy. More information is available at www.christian-rauh.eu

  • 15263 Hauptseminar
    Communicating international politics
    Zeit: asynchron, Details finden Sie auf Blackboard oder auf www.christian-rauh.eu/teaching
    Ort: Online
  • 15131 Hauptseminar
    (METH) Quantitative Textanalyse in den Politikwissenschaften
    Zeit: asynchron, Details finden Sie auf Blackboard oder auf www.christian-rauh.eu/teaching
    Ort: Online

Rauh, Christian (2016) A responsive technocracy? EU politicisation and the consumer policies of the European Commission. Colchester, UK: ECPR Press. 

Hartlapp, Miriam, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh (2014) Which policy for Europe? Power and conflict inside the European Commission. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Academic journal articles:

Rauh, Christian, and Michael Zürn (2019) ‘Authority, Politicization, and Alternative Justifications: Endogenous Legitimation Dynamics in Global Economic Governance’, Review of International Political Economy: Online First. 

Rauh, Christian, Bart Bes, and Martijn Schoonvelde (2019) ‘Undermining, defusing, or defending European integration? Assessing public communication of European executives in times of EU politicization’, European Journal of Political Research: Online First.

De Wilde, Pieter, and Christian Rauh (2019) ‘Going full circle: the need for procedural perspectives on EU responsiveness’, Journal of European Public Policy 26(11): 1737-1748.

Rauh, Christian (2019) ‘Christina J. Schneider: The Responsive Union. National Elections and European Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018’, Book review, Review of International Organizations 15(1): 307-310.

Rauh, Christian (2019) ‘EU politicization and policy initiatives of the European Commission: the case of consumer policy’, Journal of European Public Policy 26(3): 344-365.

Rauh, Christian (2018) ‘Validating a Sentiment Dictionary for German Political Language. A Workbench Note’, Journal of Information Technology & Politics 15(4): 319-343’.

Rauh, Christian, and Pieter De Wilde (2018) 'The Opposition Deficit in EU Accountability: Evidence from over 20 years of plenary debate in four member states', European Journal of Political Research 57(1): 194-216.

Meijers, Maurits and Christian Rauh (2016) ‘Has Eurosceptic Mobilization Become More Contagious? Comparing the 2009 and 2014 EP election campaigns in The Netherlands and France’, Politics and Governance 4 (1): 83-103.

Hartlapp, Miriam, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh (2016) ‘Wer mäßigt den Agenda-Setter im EUSystem und wie? Drei Modi der Positionsbildung in der EU-Kommission‘, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 26/1: 85-89.

Rauh, Christian (2015) ‘Communicating supranational governance? The salience of EU affairs in the German Bundestag, 1991-2013’, European Union Politics 16(1): 116-138.

Rauh, Christian and Gerald Schneider (2013) ‘There is no such Thing as a Free Open Sky. Financial Markets and the Struggle over European Competences in International Air Transport’, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 51(6): 1124-1140. 3/10

Hartlapp Miriam and Christian Rauh (2013) ‘The Commission's Internal Conditions for Social ReRegulation: Market Efficiency and Wider Social Goals in Setting the Rules for Financial Services in Europe’, European Journal of Government and Economics 2(1): 25-40.

Hartlapp, Miriam, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh (2013) ‘Linking Agenda Setting to Coordination Structures. Bureaucratic Politics inside the European Commission’, Journal of European Integration 53(4): 425-441.

Rauh, Christian, Antje Kirchner, und Roland Kappe (2011) ‘Political Parties and Higher Education Spending. Who Favours Redistribution?’, West European Politics 34(6): 1185-1206.

Book chapters

Hooghe, Liesbet and Christian Rauh (2017) ‘The Commission services: a powerful permanent bureaucracy.’ In: Dermot Hodson and John Peterson (eds.) The institutions of the European Union, 4th ed: 187-212. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Rauh, Christian, and Sebastian Bödeker (2016) 'Internationale Organisationen in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit - ein Text Mining Ansatz.' In: M. Lemke and G. Wiedemann (eds.) Text-Mining in den Sozialwissenschaften: Grundlagen und Anwendungen zwischen qualitativer und quantitativer Diskursanalyse. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Rauh, Christian, and Michael Zürn (2015) ‘Die Politisierung der Europäischen Union als Chance nutzen‘, In: Claudio Franzius, Franz C. Mayer, Jürgen Neyer (eds.) Modelle des Parlamentarismus im 21. Jahrhundert: pp. 469-486. Baden-Baden: Nomos. Also reprinted 2016 in integration 39(1): 3-12.

Rauh, Christian, and Michael Zürn (2014) ‘Zur Politisierung der EU in der Krise’, In: Martin Heidenreich (ed.) Krise der europäischen Vergesellschaftung?: pp. 121-45. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Miscellaneous literature and public media (selected)

Rauh, Christian (2019) ‘Is Europe that hard to explain?’ Orders Beyond Borders Blog, July 30 2019

Rauh, Christian (2019) ‘Untergraben, verschleiern, verteidigen: Politische Kommunikation zur Europäischen Union‘, WZB Mitteilungen 165: 34-35

Rauh, Christian (2018) ‘Why so much fuss about one supranational official?’, Orders Beyond Borders Blog, March 22 2018

Rauh,Christian, Pieter De Wilde, and Jan Schwalbach (2017) ‘The ParlSpeech data set: Annotated full-text vectors of 3.9 million plenary speeches in the key legislative chambers of seven European states’, V1, Harvard Dataverse: http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/E4RSP9.

Alexandros Tokhi and Christian Rauh (2015) ‚Die schiere Menge sagt noch nichts: Big Data in den Sozialwissenschaften.‘ WZB Mitteilungen 150: 6-9. Rauh, Christian (2015) ‘Brüssel im Bundestag: Wann spricht wer über die Europäische Union?’, WZB-Mitteilungen 148: 20-22.

Rauh, Christian (2015) ‘Legitimität und Politisierung globaler Steuerung’, Informationen zur Politischen Bildung 2015/1 (325): 25-28. 4/10 Rauh, Christian and Michael Zürn (2014) ‘Legitimationsprobleme im Früheuropäismus’, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 19.05.2014: 6.

Rauh, Christian and Pieter De Wilde (2013) ‘Über den Tellerrand: Zunehmend werden auch die Entscheidungen internationaler Institutionen öffentlich politisiert’, WZB-Mitteilungen 141: 21- 23.

Rauh, Christian (2013) ‘Politisieren lassen oder politisieren? Die europäische Öffentlichkeit fordert ihr Recht’, Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte 60(1-2): 53-56.

Rauh, Christian (2013) ‘Und sie hört doch hin – manchmal. Öffentliche Debatten können die Politik der EU-Kommission beeinflussen’, WZB-Mitteilungen 139: 29-31.

Hartlapp, Miriam and Christian Rauh (2011) ‘The Commission's Internal Conditions for Social Reregulation. Market Efficiency and Wider Social Goals in Setting the Rules of Financial Services in Europe. CEAS Report 4/2011.

Hartlapp, Miriam, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh (2010) ‘Made in Brussels. Wie externe Interessen ihren Weg in die Politikformulierung der EU Kommission finden‘, WZB-Mitteilungen 130: 7-10.

Hartlapp, Miriam, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh (2010) ‘The Agenda Set by the EU Commission. The Result of Balanced or Biased Aggregation of Positions?’, LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series 21/2010.

Hartlapp, Miriam, Julia Metz, and Christian Rauh (2010) ‘How External Interests Enter the European Commission. Mechanisms at Play in Legislative Position Formation’, WZB Discussion Paper SP IV 2010-501.

Rauh, Christian (2009) ‘The Repeatedly Low Turnout in EP Elections. Political Elites Fail in Politicising Citizens’, A Different View - IAPSS Monthly News Magazine 31: 3-5.

Manuscripts with significant progress

Rauh, Christian (2019) ‘One agenda-setter or many? The varying success of policy initiatives by individual Directorates-General of the European Commission 1994-2016’, Revise & Resubmit

Rauh, Christian (2019) ‘Between neo-functionalist optimism and post-functionalist pessimism: Integrating politicisation into integration theory’, Accepted book chapter

Kreuder-Sonnen, Christian, Christian Rauh, and Berthold Rittberger (2019) ‘Endogenous sources of liberal decline: How the rise of global governance invites blame-shifting to and creditclaiming from international institutions‘, first conference draft