Uwe Puetter

Director, Center for European Union Research
Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance
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Ph.D., Queen's University Belfast, UK
M.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Hanover, Germany
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Uwe Puetter is Professor at the Department of Public Policy (DPP) and Director of the Center for European Union Research (CEUR). He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance awarded by the European Commission and is a member of the Executive Board of the FP7 research consortium 'bEUcitizen'.

From 2006 to 2008 Uwe Puetter served as first Head of DPP. Originally he had joined Central European University in September 2004 as an Assistant Professor of the newly created Master's Program in Public Policy (MPP). In the context of the MA and PhD degree programs he is teaching courses on European integration, comparative politics and socio-economic governance.

He received his PhD from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland/UK. Specialising in the area of comparative European politics, international relations and European political economy he carried out the first comprehensive institutional analysis of the so-called Eurogroup - the informal circle of finance ministers coordinating the economic policies of the euro area countries. For his research on the Eurogroup Uwe Puetter has received the 'Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in International Relations/ Comparative Studies in 2003-2004' awarded by the Political Studies Association in the United Kingdom, and the 'Ernst B. Haas Prize' sponsored by the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Studies Association.

Uwe Puetter’s new book ‘The European Council and the Council. New intergovernmentalism and institutional change’ appeared with Oxford University Press in 2014. His research monograph 'The Eurogroup' was published with Manchester University Press in 2006. In 2009 he published the book 'Die Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik der EU' (The economic and social policy of the EU) with UTB.

The main research interests of Uwe Puetter are in the fields of European integration studies, comparative European politics and European political economy. He has a particular interest in processes of institutional change in the enlarged European Union, both at the national and European level and focuses on European Economic and Monetary Union as well European social policy. His most recent research has concentrated on the transformation of intergovernmental relations in the European Union after the Maastricht Treaty and how the European Council and the Council as key forums for collective decision-making have been affected by these changes.

Together with Chris Bickerton at the University of Cambridge and Dermot Hodson at Birkbeck College, London Uwe Puetter has worked on establishing a broader theoretical framework for the analysis of contemporary European integration. Their outline of the 'new intergovernmentalism' was first published by the Journal of Common Market Studies. The co-edited book 'The new intergovernmentalism: states, supranational actors, and European politics in the post-Maastricht era’ will be published by Oxford University Press in July 2015.

In the context of the FP7 project 'bEUcitizen' Uwe Puetter leads the research themes ‘Market constraints and political choice’ and ‘Democratic parliamentary control in times of crisis’. Together with Wieger Bakker, Universiteit Utrecht he also co-coordinates the project's workpackage on 'Forward looking activities'.

Uwe Puetter served on the Committee of the 'University Association for Contemporary European Studies' (UACES) from 2007 until 2009 and was a member of the 'Sprecher/innen'-team which coordinates the 'Arbeitskreis Integrationsforschung' of the 'Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft' (AKI-DVPW) - the working group on European integration research of the German Association for Political Science - from 2006 until 2012. He was appointed as a member of the European Research Council Advanced Grant evaluation panel 'SH2: Institutions, Values, Beliefs and Behaviour' in 2011 and 2013 and is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Political Science Review.

Read recent commentary and analysis by Uwe Puetter on new dynamics in European Union governance and constitutional options, the European Council, the outlook of relations between the European Council under Donald Tusk and the new Juncker Commission and the Eurogroup


Book Chapter
Bickerton, Chris J., Dermot Hodson, and Uwe Puetter. "The new intergovernmentalism and the study of European integration." In The new intergovernmentalism. States, supranational actors, and European politics in the post-Maastricht era, edited by Chris J. Bickerton, Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter, 1-48. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Bickerton, Chris J., Dermot Hodson, and Uwe Puetter. "Conclusions: the post-Maastricht period and beyond." In The new intergovernmentalism. States, supranational actors, and European politics in the post-Maastricht era, edited by Chris J. Bickerton, Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter, 304-328. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Puetter, Uwe. "The European Council: the centre of new intergovernmentalism." In The new intergovernmentalism. States, supranational actors, and European politics in the post-Maastricht era, edited by Chris J. Bickerton, Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter, 165-184. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Hodson, Dermot, and Uwe Puetter. "The EU and the Economic Crisis." In European Union Politics, edited by Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán, 367-379. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Puetter, Uwe. "The new intergovernmentalism in EU governance." In Key controversies in European integration, edited by Hubert Zimmermann and Andreas Dür, 56-62. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Puetter, Uwe. "European economic and monetary policy-making through informal governance." In International handbook on informal governance, edited by Thomas Christiansen and Christine Neuhold, 501-516. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.
Puetter, Uwe. "The Council. How the member states agree on Europe's external policies." In The European Union and global governance. A handbook, edited by Jens-Uwe Wunderlich and David J. Bailey, 89-98. London: Routledge, 2011.
Puetter, Uwe. "Regieren in der Euro-Zone und die wirtschaftspolitische Koordination in der erweiterten Union – warum die Stärkung deliberativer Entscheidungsprozesse wichtig ist." In Die Genese einer Union der 27 : Die Europäische Union nach der Osterweiterung, edited by Ellen Bos and Jürgen Dieringer, 139-155. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2008.
Puetter, Uwe. "Monetary union." In Encyclopedia of governance. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007.
Journal Article
Puetter, Uwe. The Informal Eurogroup : a New Working Method and an Institutional Compromise. Belfast: School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast, 2001.
Newspaper Article
Puetter, Uwe. The European Council and the Council: perspectives on new dynamics in EU governance In In-depth analysis for the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO). Brussels: European Parliament, 2015.
Working Paper
Puetter, Uwe, and Antje Wiener. EU Foreign Policy Elites and Fundamental Norms: Implications for Governance In RECON Online Working Papers. Oslo: Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, 2009.