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Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp



Ihnestraße 22
Room 120
14195 Berlin
Room 114

Office hours

Office hours

During the summer semester 2022 Prof. Hartlapp will hold office hours on 19.04.2022, 03.05., 17.05., 31.05., 14.06., 28.06. and 12.07 at 3 p.m.

Please register for this with Ines Stavrinakis at ines.stavrinakis@fu-berlin.de. When registering, please indicate the date (and, if applicable, the time slot on that day) on which you would like to attend a consultation appointment. You will then be allocated a time slot of approx. 10 min (as with a face-to-face consultation). For larger concerns, please ask for more than one slot.

In preparation for the consultation hour, please note the information on communicating with lecturers. If you would like to write your thesis with Prof. Hartlapp or need an expert opinion, please read the information on this under the tab "Teaching" on this page.

If you have questions about the German-French degree programmes, please consult the homepage of the degree programmes as well as the study and examination regulations of your degree programme before contacting us.

You will find the answers to many questions in our FAQs on enrolment and re-registration.
If you are considering doing a PhD at Prof. Hartlapp's, please read the information for potential PhD projects first.

If you are considering doing a PhD with Prof. Hartlapp, please be sure to have read following document: Information for potential PhD supervises 

CV of Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp 

Born 1975 in Bonn (Germany); 1994-2000 Studies at the University of Osnabrück, Universidad de Complutense Madrid/ Spain and Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Poitiers/ France, 1998 Maîtrise en Gestion Internationale/ Poitiers, 2000 Magister European Studies/ Osnabrück

2000-2003 Doctoral Student and Postdoctoral Fellow, project “New Governance and Social Europe: Theory and Practice of Minimum Harmonization and Soft Law in the Multilevel System” (directed by Prof. G. Falkner) at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne), Dr. rer. pol. in Political Science, Dept. of Social Sciences, University of Osnabrück

2003-2004 International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva.

2004-2008 Senior Researcher, Unit: Labour Market Policy and Employment at the Social Science Research Center Berlin

2008-2013 Head of independent Schumpeter Junior Research Group 'Position Formation in the EU Commission' at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

2013-2014 Professor for ‘Organisation and Governance Studies’, University of Bremen

2014-2017 Professor for Multilevel Governance, Leipzig University 

Since 2017 Center for Comparative Politics of Germany and France

Guest/Fellowships at Max Planck Institut for Social Law and Social Policy (MPISoc), Munich (2010), European University Institute Florence (EUI) (2012), Sciences Po Grenoble (2017), Sorbonne Paris (2018)



Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp      



Soziales Europa? Zwischen europäischer Identität und nationalen Interessen


Garystr.55/301 Seminarraum

16:00 - 18:00



Governance und Public Policy


Ihnestr.22/UG 1 Seminarraum

12:00 - 14:00



Deutschland und Frankreich in der EU


Garystr.55/121 Seminarraum

10:00 - 12:00



Colloquium Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft und EU


Garystr.55/323 Seminarraum

14:00 - 16:00


Submission of assessed coursework

For submission of coursework, essays etc. please send an electronic copy to miriam.hartlapp[at]fu-berlin.de and sumit one hard copy addressed to the research centre as well as to Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp via the postbox at Ihnestraße 22 (duplex print, single paper clip, NO folders, sleeves etc.)


Final thesis submission (BA, MA, teaching degree)

Students that want to write their final thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Miriam Hartlapp should send a written prospectus at least 4 weeks in advance of their respective registration period. Please also consult the “BA or MA thesis prospectus template” and consider the “Information for BA and MA graduate candidates”. You should have – at the minimum – regularly attended one of my seminars and submitted a piece of assessed work.

References (for scholarships, foreign exchanges, MA-applications, …)

I am happy to supply references needed for scholarships, foreign exchanges or graduate degree applications. In order for me to do so, you will have to have regularly attended at least one of my seminars and submitted a piece of assessed work. Please send me a document entailing all relevant information, for which you can consult the “Information for References (for scholarships, foreign exchanges, MA applications,…)”, at least 4 weeks in advance of your reference deadline.

Overview of ongoing and completed research activities

The Centre for Comparative Politics of Germany and France engages in comparative political science with a focus on the politics and policies of France and Germany, as well as their role within the EU. Empirical problems, resulting from the interplay of state, economy and society in multi-level systems, form the basis of our theory-driven comparative analyses. Analytically and conceptually we favour actor- and institution-centered approaches, which are theoretically adaptable to a diverse range of research designs and comparisons, such as the comparison of states, policy fields and across time, as well as on mixed-methods designs, which combine qualitative case studies with comparisons of a moderate number of cases (N 30-90) and quantitative analyses.

Current research in the centre is organized in to three streams:

Comparative State Activity

Conflict in the EU multi-level system


I. Comparative State Activity

In this research stream, we look at the design, form and content of policy instruments from a comparative perspective. We seek to make policy measures measurable and to compare them across countries. The points of interest are changes in economic, employment, social and family policies through external (EU) and internal (demographic change, gender roles, party competition) factors. On a more general level, we are interested in the relationship between state and market dynamics.

Databases, ongoing projects and recent publications

Soz-Pol Database

- Project Network „Europäische Wirtschafts- und Sozialintegration“ zu aktuelle Krisenphänomene und Verteilungsfolgen der europäischen Integration  (Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung Köln, Universität Bremen, Universität Tübingen, Freie Universität Berlin).

- Public hearing on the "transition to qualified majority voting in the field of European Union social policy" in the German Bundestag, March 15th 2021

- Hartlapp, M. (2020). Kommentar: Zwei Vorschläge für einen fairen und sozialen Binnenmarkt. WSI-Mitteilungen 73(4): 222. To the Article

- Hartlapp, M. (2020). Measuring and comparing the regulatory welfare state: Social objectives in public procurement: Special Issue "The Reassertion of the Regulatory Welfare State". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 691(1):68-83. To the Article

- West, A., Blome, A. and Lewis, J. (2020) “What characteristics of funding, provision and regulation are associated with effective social investment in ECEC in England, France and Germany?”, Journal of Social Policy, 49(4):681-704. To the article

- Brady, D., Blome, A. and Kmec, J. (2020). “Work-family reconciliation policies and women’s and mothers’ labour market outcomes in rich democracies”, Socio-Economic Review, 18(1):125-161. To the article

- Blome, A. & Kahlert, H. (2020) (Ed.). Politiken der Generativität und Reproduktive Rechte. Edited Volume. Femina Politica 29/2.

II. Conflict in the EU multi-level system

This research stream concentrates on conflict in the EU multi-level system. We are interested in lines of conflict within and between the EU institutions on the one hand, and conflicts between the European and national levels on the other. Conflicts become visible both in policy formulation and in the implementation of European standards in the member states. What influences conflict, how do actors and institutions deal with conflict and when can it be (successfully) managed?

Databases, ongoing projects and recent publications

Database on Position Formation in the EU Commission

The project "The European Parliament as an arena of contestation?" investigates conflict within the European Parliament. We ask when Eurosceptic MEPs vote along party lines and when they vote according to national interests, and which issues are discussed in a particularly aggressive and provocative manner. The project was carried out together with Tanja Börzel, Philipp Broniecki and Lukas Obholzer and is part of the Cluster of Excellence 'Contestations of the Liberal Script'. More information can be found on the project homepage.

The project "Effects of EU soft law across the multilevel system" aims at an improved understanding of the performance of the EU multilevel system through an analysis of EU soft law effects. What is the share of soft versus hard law in specific policy areas? When and why is EU soft law implemented in nation states? And, when and why is there feedback on the supranational level after national implementation? We record soft law characteristics and occurrence at the EU level with a new database covering seven selected policy fields and then analyse the effects in selected cases in Germany and France on the basis of expert interviews and a survey in public administrations. The project is carried out in cooperation with Sabine Saurugger and Fabien Terpan from the University of Grenoble and is funded over three years by ANR and DFG. More information can be found here.

- Hartlapp, M. (2018). Power shifts via the judicial arena: How annulment cases between EU institutions shape competence allocation. Journal of Common Market Studies. To the article

- Hartlapp, M. et al. (2019). Taking the EU to Court. Annulment Proceedings and Multilevel Conflict. Basingstoke: Palgrave To the article

- Hartlapp, M. (2018). Why some EU institutions litigate more often than others: exploring opportunity structures and actor motivation in horizontal annulment actions. Journal of European Integration. To the article

- Hartlapp, M. & Hofmann, A. (2021). The use of EU soft law by national courts and bureaucrats: how relation to hard law and policy maturity matter. West European Politics, 44(1). To the article

III. Representation

In this research stream, we explore how citizens are represented in elected governments and political institutions. The starting point of our analyses is a generally perceived representation deficit - especially among women, economically weak groups or ethnic minorities. We try to make this deficit measurable and to capture its effects on political decisions and outcomes. Additionally, we ask what responses are being developed in established democracies to representational deficits.

Databases, ongoing projects and recent publications

- Blome, A. & Hartlapp, M. (2021) "Women at the Top of the European Commission – Drivers and Barriers", to the Paper, Contribution to the Webinar "Gender equality in the Commission – will the EU reach its goals?",  Swedish Institute for European Policy Analysis. To the Webinar 

- Hartlapp, M. & Blome, A. (i.E.). Women’s Positional Leadership in the European Commission: When, Where, and How?. In H. Müller and I. Tömmel (Eds.), Women and Leadership in the European Union, Oxford: Oxford University Press

- Blome, A., Lloren, A. & Rosset, J. (2020). “The politicization of abortion, voters’ stereotypes, and the electoral success of women candidates”, Parliamentary Affairs, 73(1):211–232. To the Article

- Gabriele, A., Ahrens, P. & Blome, A. (2018) „100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht - der unvollendete Weg zu geschlechtergerechter Repräsentation. Eine Einleitung“, Femina Politica – Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft 2-2018:9-25 „100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht – Und wo bleibt die Gleichheit? 

In addition, the following databases are regularly updated at the Centre for Comparative Politics of Germany and France:

- PEU Database
- SozPol Database

Recent Publications

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Books and Edited Volumes

Taking the EU to Court. Annulment Proceedings and Multilevel Judicial Conflict. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 [mit C. Adam, M. W. Bauer & E. Mathieu].

Special issue. Journal of European Integration. Volume 40 (2), 2018.

Gewaltenteilung im Mehrebenensystem der EU: neu, anders - oder weniger legitim? Special Issue Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ed.), 2016 [with C. Wiesner].


Which policy for Europe?: Power and conflict inside the European Commission. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 [with J. Metz & C. Rauh].

discussed in:            
- Journal of Common Market Studies, 2016 54/1: 209-210          
- West European Politics, 2016 39/2: 410-411    
- Journal of European Integration 2015 37/4: 509-516     
- EUSA Review Fall 2014: 23-24           
- CritCom des Council for European Studies, http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/critcom/   
- European Politics and Policy Blog at LSE (EUROPP),  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/category/book-reviews/


Complying with Europe: The Impact of EU Minimum Harmonisation and Soft Law in the Member States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005 [with G. Falkner, O. Treib & S. Leiber].

discussed in:            
- Zeitschrift für Staats- und Europawissenschaften, 3/2005: 507-508       
- Industrial Relations Journal, 2005, 36/6: 617-618         
- Böcklerimpuls, 16/2005: 7      
- Law and Politics, 2005, 15/10: 896-899           
- West European Politics, 2006, 29/1: 185-186   
- Journal of European Social Policy, 2006, 16/3: 6-7       
- Journal of Common Market Studies, 2006, 44/1: 224-225         
- Political Studies Review, 2006, 4/2: 213-214    
- Acta Politica, 2007, 42: 103–106         
- EUSA Review Spring 2007: 26


Die Kontrolle der nationalen Rechtsdurchsetzung durch die Europäische Kommission. Politik-Verbände-Recht: Umsetzung europäischer Sozialpolitik. Frankfurt/M.: Campus, 2005.


Journal Publications (* peer reviewed)

Measuring and Comparing the Regulatory Welfare State: Social Objectives in Public Procurement. In: The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 691(1):68-83. 2020

The use of EU soft law by national courts and bureaucrats: how relation to hard law and policy maturity matter. In: West European Politics, 2021 44(1): 134-154 [with A. Hofmann]

‘The End of Social Europe? Understanding EU Social Policy Change’. In: Journal of European Public Policy, 2019 26(10): 1484-1501 [with Paolo R. Graziano]

Revisiting patterns in EU regulatory social policy: (still) supporting the market or social goals in their own right? In: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform (1), 2019.

Why some EU institutions litigate more often than others: exploring opportunity structures and actor motivation in horizontal annulment actions. In: Special issue. Journal of European Integration 40 (2), S. 701–718. 2018.

From High Judges to Policy Stakeholders: A Public Policy Approach to the CJEU's Power. In: Special issue Journal of European Integration 40 (2), 2018. [with E. Mathieu und C. Adam]

Power shifts via the judicial arena: How annulments cases between EU institutions shape competence allocation. Journal of Common Market Studies 2018 56(6), S. 1221-1489.

Integrating across policy sectors in the EU: How the wider public impacts on the drafting process of trans-border healthcare. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 2019 84(3): 486-502. *

Mending the Hole in Multilevel Application and Enforcement: Changes in administrative cooperation related to worker mobility. Governance, 2018 31(1): 27-43 [with E. Heidbreder]. *

How time empowers agency: Combining the EU Commission’s political powers and its administration’s advantage of acting from a long-term perspective. Journal of European Integration, 2016 39:3, 303-317.*

Wer mäßigt den Agenda-Setter im EU-System und wie? Drei Modi der Positionsbildung in der EU-Kommission. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (Sonderheft Gewaltenteilung im Mehrebenensystem der EU: neu, anders - oder weniger legitim?), 2016 26(1): 85–98 [with J. Metz & C. Rauh]. *

Einleitung: Gewaltenteilung und Demokratie im EU-Mehrebenensystem. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (Sonderheft Gewaltenteilung im Mehrebenensystem der EU: neu, anders - oder weniger legitim?), 2016 26(1): 3-16 [with C. Wiesner].

La fin de l’Europe sociale ? Évaluation du rôle des changements politiques et organisationnels au sein du système politique de l’Union européenne. Revue française des affaires sociales, 2015 3: 89–114 [with P. Graziano]. *

It's Not Always about Winning: Domestic Politics and Legal Success in EU Annulment Litigation. Journal of Common Market Studies, 2015 53/2 [with C. Adam & M.W. Bauer]. *

Die Europäische Kommission – ein (partei)politischer Akteur? Leviathan, 2015 1: 64-87 [with Y. Lorenz]. *

Enforcing Social Europe through Labour Inspectorates: Changes in Capacity and Cooperation across Europe. West European Politics, 2014 37/4: 805-824.*

Articles published in edited volumes (* peer reviewed)

Gender Equality and the European Commission. In G. Abels, A. Kriszan, H. MacRae und A. van der Vleuten (Hrsg.), Routledge Handbook to Gender and EU Politics. Abingdon: Routledge, 2021 [mit H. Müller und I. Tömmel].


European Union Social Policy: Facing Deepening Economic Integration and Demand for a More Social Europe With Continuity and Cautiousness. In Blum, S., Kuhlmann, J. and Schubert, K. (eds) 2020: Routledge handbook of European welfare systems(London, New York: Routledge, Taylor et Francis Group)

Soft law implementation in the EU multilevel system: legitimacy and governance efficiency revisited. In: Nathalie Behnke, Jörg Broschek und Jared Sonnicksen (Hg.) 2019: Configurations, Dynamics and Mechanisms of Multilevel Governance. Festschrift in honour of Arthur Benz' 65th birthday. Basingstoke: Palgrave, S. 193–210.


Judicial Control of the Guardian: Explaining Patterns of Governmental Annulment Litigation against the European Commission, in: Ege, Jörn/Bauer, Michael W./Becker, Stefan (eds.) 2018: The European Commis-sion in Turbulent Times, Baden-Baden: Nomos

Regulatory Social Policy in EU and Mercosur: Patterns and Developments. In: Regional Organizations and Social Policy in Europe and Latin America: A Space for Social Citizenship? A. C. Bianculli & A. Ribeiro Hoffmann (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 92-116. *

Politicization of the European Commission: When, how and with what impact?. In: M. W. Bauer & J. Trondal (eds.), Handbook: The European Administrative System. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 145-160. *

Organising Exits from the Joint-Decision Trap? Cross-sectoral (Non-)Coordination in the European Union. In: G. Falkner (ed.), The EU’s Joint-Decision Trap and its Exits. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011: 181-198. *


Statement ‚Effizientere Entscheidungsfindung in der Sozialpolitik. Ermittlung möglicher Bereiche für einen verstärkten Übergang zur Beschlussfassung mit qualifizierter Mehrheit‘, Public Hearing of the European Committee of the German Bundestag, 2021.

Women at the top of the European Commission - drivers and barriers, European Policy Analysis, Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), 2021 [with A. Blome].

Kommentar: Zwei Vorschläge für einen fairen und sozialen BinnenmarktWSI-Mitteilungen 2020, 73(4): 222.

Zwei realistische Perspektiven für einen sozialen Binnenmarkt. In Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (Hrsg.), Deutsche Ratspräsidentschaft 2020. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, 2020 S. 108–113.

Die Europäische Kommission: politischer, vielfältiger und schwächer? DVPW Blog, 2019

Hartlapp, M. & Hofmann, A. (2018). Hilfreich oder hinderlich? EU Soft Law in der nationalen Praxis. Editorial. Juristische Arbeitsblätter (8)