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Dr. Lukas Obholzer


Affiliated Senior Researcher

Lukas Obholzer is a Senior Researcher affiliated with the Center for European Integration. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher from 2016 to 2018.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 2016/2017):

  • 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

(2019) Party group coordinators and rapporteurs: Discretion and agency loss along the European Parliament’s chains of delegation (with Michael Kaeding and Steffen Hurka). European Union Politics, published online ahead of print.

(2018) Determinants of Moonlighting in the European Parliament (with Steffen Hurka and William T. Daniel). Journal of Legislative Studies, 24 (1), pp. 127-147.

(2017) Static and Dynamic Incentives for Twitter Usage in the European Parliament (with William T. Daniel and Steffen Hurka). Party Politics, published online ahead of print.

(2017) When Time Is Money: Sideline Jobs, Ancillary Income and Legislative Effort (with Steffen Hurka and William T. Daniel). Journal of European Public Policy, 25 (5), pp. 651-666.

(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

(2019) Discretion and agency loss: What factors shape the selection of European Parliament rapporteurs? (with Steffen Hurka and Michael Kaeding). LSE EUROPP Blog, March 2019.

(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.