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Dr. Antoaneta Dimitrova has been appointed as professor Comparative Governance

The Executive Board has decided to appoint Dr. Antoaneta Dimitrova as Professor Comparative Governance within the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, starting on 1 September 2017.

Chair in Comparative Governance

The main focus of the Chair in Comparative Governance will be the effects of governance transfer from international organizations and actors to domestic political and policy settings. In an increasingly globalizing world, rules and norms developed in one context or at one level of governance are often transferred and applied at another level of governance, by different actors and in different settings. European Union policies or International Monetary Fund conditionality and support are the best known examples. Many other external actors – countries and organizations - engage in support for democratization and development that affect domestic governance at the national and local levels. At the same time, there are recent trends of political leaders abandoning support for multilateral organizations that promote democratization, and citizens of democratic states questioning the effects of trade agreements and regional integration. Therefore the effects and consequences of governance transfer need to be studied not only in the international arena, but also comparatively, as they enter different domestic policy contexts.

Antoaneta Dimitrova

Prof. dr. Antoaneta Dimitrova’s research has developed around the theme of governance transfer from the European Union to candidate states. Her previous research has focused on the role of the European Union in the transformations of the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe and the EU’s impact on reforms in governance in accession candidates and neighboring states. She investigates the effects of the promotion of rules and norms related to democracy, public administration reform or specific policies by the EU, IMF or other international organizations. 

Professor Dimitrova has published in leading European journals such as European Union Politics, the Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, and Democratization. She is the current Convener of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on European Union (SGEU) of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and founder and co-director of Central and Eastern European Studies Centre at Leiden University. 

Casimir teaching prize

Professor Antoaneta Dimitrova was the winner of the Casimir teaching prize in Leiden’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in 2010. At ISGA, she will contribute to the further development of the governance curriculum at the Bachelor and Master’s level, dealing with themes of governance transfer in a global context.

Between 2013 and 2016, Professor Dimitrova has been co-coordinator of the MAXCAP project (‘Maximizing the integration Capacity of the European Union: Lessons and Prospects for Enlargement and Beyond’), which investigated the political and economic effects of the EU’s 2004-2007 enlargement. Currently she is co-coordinator and Leiden team leader in the Horizon2020 EU-STRAT project: ‘The EU and Eastern partnership countries: An Inside-out analysis and strategic assessment’ (http://eu-strat.eu/).

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