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Antoaneta Dimitrova

Vice Scientific Director/Professor Comparative Governance

Prof.dr. A.L. Dimitrova
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Antoaneta Dimitrova's research brings together different lines of inquiry relating to governance transfer across national borders. An enduring theme in her work has been the effect of the European Union on the democratic and market transformations of the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe. Other key themes are EU enlargement, currently focusing on the EU’s strategy towards the Western Balkan candidates. Another theme in her research inquires into the causes of democratic backsliding and especially role of state capture. With various colleagues she has been investigating the European Union’s Neighbourhood policy towards its Eastern neighbours – Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova in particular. Extension number: 3890.

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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. 

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’ (https://eu-strat.eu/).

She is currently also Acting Director of the Central and East European Studies Centre, an interdisciplinary platform of scholars of Leiden University.

Vice Scientific Director/Professor Comparative Governance

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Institute of Security and Global Affairs

Work address

Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room number 4.17



  • Board of Governors of European Humanities University participation of assessment meetings 4 time a year for half a day
  • European Commission Jury member of the selection committee for European Cultural Heritage label
  • Raad van Cultuur lid advies Commissie Europees erfgoedlabel
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