Welcome to the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science and EU integration studies at the University of Innsbruck.  The Jean Monnet programme stimulates teaching, research and reflection on European integration at higher education institutions worldwide. With generous funding from the European Commission, we carry out and supervise EU-related research, teaching, and outreach (…)


Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer in den Vorarlberger Nachrichten vom 30.9.2019:

Migration, EU-Eigenmittel und Mercosur


Latest publication: Annegret Eppler, Andreas Maurer (Hrsg.) Europapolitische Koordination in Österreich - Inter- und intrainstitutionelle Regelwerke, Funktionen und Dynamiken, Innsbruck/Baden-Baden, IUP/Nomos 2019


European politics has a significant impact on Austrian policy-making. And conversely, Austria's policy is the constitutive element of what is being negotiated and decided "in Brussels". This volume explores the question of how, under what external and internal conditions, Austrian ideas, strategies and interests towards the multilevel system of the European Union are conceived, coordinated and articulated. Which national coordination requirements and strategies generate and impact on Austrian positions? How do feedback mechanisms work to secure democratic and transparent decision-making chains? How do the political system of Austria and the supranational EU system influence each other? For the first time, this volume offers a comprehensive analysis of all actors, institutions and processes involved in the Austrian EU policy-making machinery, as well as the most important policy areas for Austria. The volume is aimed at students, teachers and researchers of the EU integration studies, at employees of the Austrian European policy in parliament, government, administration and interest groups as well as at scholars interested in the comparison of the coordination of European politics.


With contributions by Katrin Auel, Susanne Bachmann, Erhard Busek, Peter Bußjäger, Doris Dialer, Annegret Eppler, Klemens Fischer, Franz Fischler, Anna Gamper, Josef Glavanovits, Andreas Hackhofer, Elisabeth Kornfeind, David Liebich, Andreas Maurer, Nikolaus Morawitz, Andreas Th Müller, Heinrich Neisser, Christa Peutl, Georg Pfeifer, Melanie M. Plangger, Maria-Elisabeth Pösel, Johannes Pollak, Andreas Rosner, Fritz Staudigl, Regina Tschann, und Markus Wagner.



ICER Working Paper Series

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The Innsbruck Center for European Research (ICER), housed within the Department for Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, brings together research and university teaching facilities on European integration and European Union studies. ICER aims to strengthen the critical and multidisciplinary analysis of the EU, examine the EU’s frameworks for poly-archic, multi-level and –actor governance, provide a forum to stimulate the development of innovative analytical tools and teaching resources, increase the accessibility of information sources on the EU, and to stimulate the debate and research on the EU. The Center is an integral part of Innsbruck University’s Research Center “Governance and Civil Society”, and cooperates with the Research Centers “Föderalismus – Politik und Recht” and the Research Cluster “Alpiner Raum - Mensch und Umwelt“.


Research carried out by ICER focuses on three core subjects:


Development of and theorizing the EU's primary law and its related socio-political bases


Decision-making processes, negotiation strategies and conceptual problems regarding the implementation of EU policies

  • Balancing EMU and reforming European Economic and Social Policy
  • Common Agriculture Policy and structural reforms in the alpine regions
  • International Agreements and the EU’s Common Commercial Policies
  • European Environmental Policy
  • Linking the Open Method of Coordination with traditional, legally binding instruments
  • Consistency of supranational and intergovernmental structures, instruments and processes in the EU's external relations
  • Balancing Security, Freedom, Civil Rights and Justice in EU Justice and Home affairs

Policy preferences of state and civil-society actors in the EU member states