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Dr. Johanna Schnabel

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Chair of German Politics


Ihnestraße 22
Room Raum 219
14195 Berlin

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Important Notice:

Requests for letters of recommendations for scholarship applications and the like must be submitted at least four weeks before the official deadline with all relevant certificates (CV, diplomas, transcripts). Furthermore, the applicant must be recognized from at least one course in which he/she received at least a "Gut". Otherwise, letters of recommendation cannot be issued.

Employment History

  • 11.2020 - today
    Lecturer at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin

  • 01.2020 - 10.2020
    Lecturer of Comparative Politics at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

    Managing Editor of Swiss Political Science Review

  • 02.2018 - 01.2020
    British Academy Newton International Fellow
    Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

  • 02.2013 - 01.2018
    Research and teaching assistant
    PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 11.2017 - 01.2018
    Sessional lecturer at the Institute of Political Studies, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 11-2009 - 01.2013
    Research assistant, after 03.2012: Project coordinator at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association, Marburg, Germany

  • 06.2010 - 02.2012
    Student assistant & Sessional lecturer at the Institute for Poitical Studies, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany

Education and Qualifications

  • 2017
    PhD in Political Science
    Institute of Political Studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 2011
    Magister Artium in Political Science, History & Philosophy (Master's equivalent)
    Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany

  • 2009
    Certificate of Political Studies
    (Erasmus student)
    Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble, France

Research focus

  • Federalism and Intergovernmental relations
  • Comparative politics
  • Public Policy with a focus on: health policy, education policy and fiscal policy
  • Countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Belgium


Schnabel Johanna. 2020. Managing Interdependencies in Federal Systems.
Intergovernmental Councils and the Making of Public Policy. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Spanish version (2022): Gestión de interdependencias en sistemas federales. Consejos intergubernementales y creación de políticas públicas. Mexico City: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

Braun, Dietmar, Christian Ruiz-Palmero, and Johanna Schnabel. 2017. Consolidation
Policies in Federal States. Conflicts and Solutions, London/New York: Routledge.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Schnabel, J., Anderson, P. and Francesco, F. De (2023) ‘Multilevel governance and political leadership : crisis communication in Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic’, Journal of European Public Policy, pp. 1–29. Link

Fenna, A. and Schnabel, J. (2023) ‘What is Federalism? Some Definitional Clarification’, Publius: The Journal of Federalism. Link

Schnabel, Johanna and Paolo Dardanelli (2022). "Helping Hand or Centralizing Tool? The Policitis of Conditional Grants in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions (online first).

Schnabel, Johanna, Rahel Freiburghaus and Yvonne Hegele (2022). "Cooperative Federalism and COVID-19: The Role of Peak Intergovernmental Councils in Germany and Switzerland." dms - der moderne staat, 15(1), 42-61.

Schnabel, Johanna and Yvonne Hegele (2021). "Explaining Intergovernmental Coordination during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland". Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 51(4), 537-569.

Hegele, Yvonne and Johanna Schnabel. 2021. "Federalism and the management of the
COVID-19 crisis: Centralisation, decentralisation and (non-)coordination". West European
Politics (online first). Link

Schnabel, Johanna. 2019. “Fiscal Consolidation in Federal Belgium: Collective Action
Problem and Solutions”. Politics of the Low Countries, 1(2), 120–140. Link

Schnabel, Johanna and Sean Mueller. 2017. “Vertical Influence or Horizontal Coordination?
The Purpose of Intergovernmental Councils in Switzerland”. Regional & Federal Studies 27
(5), 549–572. Link

Schnabel, Johanna. 2017. “Committed to Coordination? Intergovernmental Councils as a
Federal Safeguard”. Swiss Political Science Review 23 (2). 191–206. Link

Book chapters, editorials, blog posts

Heidbreder, Eva, Markus Kotzur, Christian Calliess, Michael Gehler, Armin Hatje, Johanna Schnabel, & Antonios Souris (2023). 30 Jahre Europaministerkonferenz – Handlungsoptionen und Visionen für die Zukunft, in: Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung (eds.): Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2023, pp. 470-484.

Guderjan, Marius, Mario Kölling & Johanna Schnabel (2023). Multilevel Crisis Management: COVID-19 Responses in Federal and Decentralised Polities, in: Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung (eds.): Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2023, pp. 178-194.

Schnabel, Johanna (2023). Los consejos intergubernamentales como salvaguarda federal: conceptualización y operacionalización, in Mendoza Ruiz, Joel & Eduardo José Grin (eds.): Las salvaguardes federales en Argentina, Brasil y México: Relaciones, límites y contrapesosUniversidad Nacional de Córdoba, pp. 41–65.

Hegele, Yvonne and Johanna Schnabel: "Die Corona-Pandemie: Sternstunde der Ministerpräsidentenkonferenz", www.staatsanzeiger.de, 10.05.2022

Kropp, Sabine and Johanna Schnabel (2022). "Entwicklungen und Strukturen des deutschen Finanzausgleichs", in: Bullerjahn, Jens, Ringo Wagner and Michael Thöne: Deutschland und sein Geld, Bonn: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, pp. 392-405.

Schnabel, Johanna (2022). "Bilingualism, Quebec's Distinctiveness, and Intergovernmental Relations in Canada", in: Fessha, Yonatan, Francesco Palermo and Karl Kössler: Intergovernmental Relations in Divided Societies: A Comparative Perspective, Cham: Palgrave, pp. 31-59.

"Mit Unterschieden entspannter umgehen", Interview in the Staatsanzeiger about Federalism in Germany and Switzerland during the Covid19-Pandemic (with Yvonne Hegele), 25.03.2022

Anderson, Paul and Johanna Schnabel (2022). "Review of intergovernmental relations: the new interministerial structures are a step in the right direction". LSE British Politics and Policy, 21.01.2022

Kropp, Sabine and Johanna Schnabel (2021). "Germany's response to COVID-19: Federal Coordination and Executive Politics", in: Chattopadhyay, Ruppak et al.: Federalism and the Response to COVID-19. A Comparative Analysis, London/New York: Routledge, pp. 84-94.

Schnabel, Johanna. 2020. “The COVID-19 Crisis and German Federalism”. Cuadernos
Manuel Giménez Abad, 20, 71–74.

Schnabel, Johanna (2020). “Ersetzt die KdK den Ständerat? Wie die Kantone in
Bundesbern mitbestimmen”. DeFacto, 15.12.2020. Link

Schnabel, Johanna (2020): “Die Konferenz der Kantonsregierungen als der bessere
Ständerat? Territoriale Mitbestimmung im schweizerischen Föderalismus”, in: Mueller, Sean
& Adrian Vatter (Hrsg.): Der Ständerat. Zweite Kammer der Schweiz, Zürich: NZZ Libro, S.
181- 202.

Hegele, Yvonne and Johanna Schnabel. 2020. “Die Mär vom Flickenteppich? Zentralisierung
und Koordination im föderalen Krisenmanagement von Covid-19”. DeFacto, 15.07.2020. Link

Schnabel, Johanna and Yvonne Hegele. 2020. “Covid-19 and Federal Dynamics in Germany.
Business as Ususal”. (Re)Imagining Politics in Times of Crisis (UACES Territorial Politics
Blog), 9.06.2020. Link

Schnabel, Johanna. 2020. Intergovernmental Councils and the Coordination of Public Policy
Making. Forum of Federations Occasional Paper Series, 45.

Braun, Dietmar and Johanna Schnabel. 2019. Policy-Making as a Source of Change in
Federalism: A Dynamic Approach, in: Behnke, Nathalie, Broschek, Jörg and Jared Sonnicksen
(eds.): Configurations, Dynamics and Mechanisms of Multilevel Governance, Cham: Palgrave
Macmillan, 199–115.

Schnabel, Johanna. 2019. “Intergovernmental Councils and the Stability of Federal Systems.”
50 Shades of Federalism. Link

Mueller, Sean, Johanna Schnabel, and Nathalie Behnke. 2018. “Der bessere Ständerat?
Regierungskonferenzen im Schweizer Föderalismus”. DeFacto, 9.02.2018. Link

Schnabel, Johanna, and Damien Wirths. 2016. “Classifying Cases in Federal Studies. An
Illustration of why Political Scientists Should Do More Cluster Analysis.“ Federal Governance
13 (1), 68–86.

Schnabel, Johanna and Maria Bertel. 2016. “Editorial Note: ‘Regions as Actors’.” Federal
Governance 13 (1), 1–6.

Book reviews

Swiss Federalism. The Transformation of a Federal Model, by Adrian Vatter, Abingdon/New
York: Routledge, 2018. Published in: Regional & Federal Studies 2019.

Constitutional Policy in Multilevel Government: The Art of Keeping the Balance, by Arthur
Benz (et al.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Published in: Swiss Political Science
Review 24 (1), 106–109.

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