Tanja Börzel

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Tanja Anita Börzel (born July 5, 1970 in Langen , Hessen ) is a German political scientist whose focus is on research and teaching in the field of Europe , governance and diffusion research . She holds a professorship for political science at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin and is head of the European Integration Unit and holds a Jean Monnet Chair .


Börzel attended the Neue Gymnasium Stuttgart-Feuerbach , where she graduated from high school in 1989. In the same year she began studying political and administrative science at the University of Konstanz , which she completed in 1995 with a diploma. In 1999 she received her doctorate from the European University Institute . She wrote her dissertation at the Institute for Social and Political Science of the European University Institute in Florence on The Domestic Impact of Europe. Institutional Adaptation in Germany and Spain .

From 1999 to 2001 Börzel worked as coordinator of the research program for the environment at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence and from 1999 to 2002 as a research assistant in the Max Planck project group for the law of common goods in Bonn. From 2002 to 2003, Börzel headed a junior research group at the Humboldt University in Berlin, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Emmy Noether program, on compliance with European law in the member states. In 2003 she accepted a professorship for International Politics and European Integration at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Heidelberg , but in December 2004 she moved to the Otto Suhr Institute at the Free University of Berlin , where she has been teaching and researching ever since. Among other things, she supervised the dissertation of the SPD politician Franziska Giffey , who reprimanded the FU Presidium for deficiencies. In 2019, following a parliamentary question in the Berlin House of Representatives, it was announced that, contrary to what was noted on Giffey's doctoral thesis, Börzel, due to her doctorate in Florence, did not have to bear the title suffix “ rer. pole. “Is justified.

From 2006 to 2007 Börzel also took up a visiting professorship at the Department of Government at Harvard University in the USA. Since 2008 she and her husband Thomas Risse have headed the DFG-funded research group “Transformative Power of Europe” as well as the Berlin Center for European Studies and the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence “Europe and its Citizens”. Tanja Börzel is also the spokesperson for the Governance Institutions project area of the Collaborative Research Center 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: New Forms of Governance?” And a member of the board of the SFB 700.

Research priorities

The main research areas and teaching experience of Börzel are in European integration, governance and diffusion research. She has mainly dealt with questions of institutional change as a result of Europeanization and the diffusion of European institutions and policy programs inside and outside the EU.

There is particular interest in the following questions:

  1. How and under what conditions does the EU support certain institutions and policy programs inside and outside Europe? Which mechanisms of diffusion are used in certain contexts?
  2. To what extent is the EU itself subject to global diffusion processes? Which diffusion mechanisms promote transformative change within the EU and among member countries?
  3. Which institutional effects of political, economic and cultural diffusion processes can be observed within the EU? Which factors promote or limit diffusion and how can this effect be explained?

Publications (selection)

  • 2012. Business and Governance in South Africa, co-edited with Christian Thauer, Houndmills: Palgrave.
  • 2012. Convergence without Accession? Explaining Policy Change in the EU's Eastern Neighborhood, Special Issue of Europe-Asia Studies, co-edited with Julia Langbein.
  • 2012. From Europeanization to Diffusion, Special Issue of West European Politics, co-edited with Thomas Risse.
  • 2012. Roads to Regionalism. Genesis, Design, and Effects of Regional Organizations, co-edited with Lukas Goltermann, Mathis Lohaus and Kai Striebinger. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • 2011. What for the state? Governance in areas of limited and consolidated statehood, co-edited with Marianne Beisheim, Philipp Genschel and Bernhard Zangl. Nomos: Baden-Baden.
  • 2010. Civil Society on the Rise? EU Enlargement and Societal Mobilization in Central and Eastern Europe, Special Issue of Acta Politica.
  • 2009. Coping with Accession to the European Union. New Modes of Environmental Governance, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2006. The Disparity of European Integration. Revisiting Neofunctionalism in Honor of Ernst Haas, London: Routledge.
  • 2003. Environmental Leaders and Laggards in Europe. Why There is (not) a Southern Problem. Aldershot, Burlington, Singapore, Sydney: Ashgate.
  • 2002. States and Regions in the European Union. Institutional Adaptation in Germany and Spain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Website of the European University Institute Cadmus
  2. Franziska Giffey (2010): Europe’s Way to Citizens - The European Commission's Policy on Involving Civil Society , dissertation at the Free University of Berlin , online publication.
  3. On October 30, 2019, the FU announced: “With the complaint, the Presidium disapproves that Dr. Giffey did not consistently observe the standards of scientific work in her dissertation. The Free University of Berlin will mark the complaint in the published version of its dissertation. "
  4. Jochen Zenthöfer: Franziska Giffey plagiarism case: University incorrectly marks doctorate . In: FAZ.NET . ISSN  0174-4909 ( faz.net [accessed August 7, 2020]).
  5. Risse, Thomas ( Memento of the original from December 10, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Article in: Ulrich Menzel (Ed.): Personal Lexicon International Relations , Institute for Social Sciences at the TU Braunschweig. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / rzv039.rz.tu-bs.de
  6. ^ Berlin Center for European Studies
  7. ^ Jean Monnet Center of Excellence "Europe and its Citizens"