TREIB, Oliver, Prof. Dr.

Professur „Vergleichende Policy-Forschung und Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung“
Stellvertretender Geschäftsführender Direktor des Instituts für Politikwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Oliver Treib
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Prof. Dr. Oliver Treib
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
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48151 Münster
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  • Curriculum Vitae

    Oliver Treib is Professor of Comparative Policy Analysis and Research Methods at the University of Münster. He received his Master’s degree and PhD in political science from the University of Cologne. His professional career began at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, where he worked as a doctoral and post-doctoral researcher. Prior to joining the University of Münster, he worked at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, first as an Assistant Professor, then as Head of the Department of Political Science, and at the University of Salzburg, where he spent a year as tenure-track Assistant Professor. His research revolves around the logic of policy-making and the transformation of political conflict structures in the European multi-level system. His publications include "Complying with Europe: EU Harmonisation and Soft Law in the Member States" (Cambridge University Press 2005, with G. Falkner, M. Hartlapp and S. Leiber), "Compliance in the Enlarged European Union: Living Rights or Dead Letters?" (Ashgate, 2008, with G. Falkner and E. Holzleithner), "Die EU und ihre Bürger" (UTB 2011, with G. Tiemann and A Wimmel) and articles in journals such as European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics.

  • News

    [25.10.2017]  Prof. Treib elected as Deputy-Head of Department

    On 25 October 2017, the board of the University of Münster's Department of Political Sciences has elected Prof. Treib as Deputy-Head of Department. After three years as Head of Department, he now passes on the torch to  Prof. Ulrich Willems. Prof. Doris Fuchs was re-elected as Deputy-Head of Department alongside Prof. Treib.

    [21.02.2017]  New publication in the Journal of European Public Policy on the domestic political reactions to EU sanctions against democratic backsliding

    Schlipphak, Bernd/Treib, Oliver (2016): Playing the Blame Game on Brussels: The Domestic Political Effects of EU Interventions against Democratic Backsliding. Journal of European Public Policy (24(3), 352-365. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1229359. [Preview auf]

    Other articles in the same JEPP Debate Section:

    Kelemen, R. Daniel/Blauberger, Michael (2017): Introducing the Debate: European Union Safeguards against Member States’ Democratic Backsliding. Journal of European Public Policy 24(3), 317-320. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1229356.

    Blauberger, Michael/Kelemen, R. Daniel (2017): Can Courts Rescue National Democracy? Judicial Safeguards against Democratic Backsliding in the EU. Journal of European Public Policy 24(3), 321-336. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1229357.

    Sedelmeier, Ulrich (2017): Political Safeguards against Democratic Backsliding in the EU: The Limits of Material Sanctions and the Scope of Social Pressure. Journal of European Public Policy 24(3), 337-351. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1229358.

    [26.10.2016]  Prof. Treib elected as Head of Department for another year

    On 26 October 2016, the board of the University of Münster's Department of Political Sciences has elected Prof. Treib as Head of Department for another year. In his third year in office, Prof. Doris Fuchs and Prof. Ulrich Willems support him as Deputy-Heads of Department.

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  • Research

    Main Areas of Research

    • Policy analysis at the interface of domestic and international levels of governance
      • Implementing EU policies
      • Modes of governance in EU policy-making
      • Domestic political parties and international governance
    • Changing conflict structures in multi-level politics
      • Impact of perceived threats from the outside on domestic public opinion
      • Role of attitudes towards European integration in EP elections and EU referendums
      • Party-based Euroscepticism
    • Research methods
      • Qualitative methods (process tracing, expert interviews, qualitative content analysis)
      • Quantitative methods (surveys, survey experiments, secondary data analysis, big data)

    Research Grants

    • 02/2009 – 01/2013 “International Governance and Domestic Politics: Do Parties Matter Beyond the Nation State?” (principal investigator). This project was funded by the Jubilee Fund of the Austrian National Bank.
    • 09/2004 – 08/2008 “The Evolution and Impact of Governing Modes in EU Social and Environmental Policies” (co-principal investigator, with Gerda Falkner). This project was part of the Integrated Project “New Modes of Governance in Europe (NEWGOV)”, funded under the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme.
    • 04/2005 – 07/2007 “Dead Letter or Living Rights: The Practice of EU Social Law in Central and Eastern Europe” (co-principal investigator, with Gerda Falkner and Elisabeth Holzleithner), funded by the Austrian Ministry of Education.

    Research Collaboration

  • Publications


    Die EU und ihre Bürger. Wien: UTB/Facultas WUV 2011 (with G. Tiemann and A. Wimmel). [Information online][Preview on]

    Compliance in the Enlarged European Union: Living Rights or Dead Letters? Aldershot: Ashgate 2008 (with G. Falkner and E. Holzleithner). [Information online]

    Complying with Europe: EU Harmonisation and Soft Law in the Member States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2005 (with G. Falkner, M. Hartlapp and S. Leiber). [Information online]

    Die Bedeutung der nationalen Parteipolitik für die Umsetzung europäischer Sozialrichtlinien. Frankfurt/M.: Campus 2004. [Information online][Full text online]

    Journal Articles (*** peer-reviewed)

    Playing the Blame Game on Brussels: The Domestic Political Effects of EU Interventions against Democratic Backsliding. Journal of European Public Policy 24(3), 352-365. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1229359 (with B. Schlipphak). [Preview on] ***

    Implementing and Complying with EU Governance Outputs. Living Reviews in European Governance 9(1), 2014, (major update of 2008 Living Review). DOI: 10.12942/lreg-2014-1. ***

    The Voter Says No, but Nobody Listens: Causes and Consequences of the Eurosceptic Vote in the 2014 European Elections. Journal of European Public Policy 21(10), 2014, 1541-1554. DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2014.941534. [Preview on] ***

    Party Politics, National Interests and Government–Opposition Dynamics: Cleavage Structures in the Convention Negotiations on EU Social Policy. European Union Politics 11(1), 2010, 119-142. DOI: 10.1177/1465116509353690. ***

    Der parteipolitische Kampf um die EU-Sozialagenda: Deutschland und die europäische Antidiskriminierungspolitik. Der Bürger im Staat 60(3), 2010, 314-320. [Complete issue online]

    Europawahl 2009: Warum es sich lohnt, seine Stimme abzugeben. WSI Mitteilungen 62(6), 2009, 286. [Full text online]

    Implementing and Complying with EU Governance Outputs. Living Reviews in European Governance 3(5), 2008, (major update of 2006 Living Review). DOI: 10.12942/lreg-2008-5. ***

    Zwischen Parteipolitik und nationalen Interessen: Regierungs-Oppositions-Gegensätze im EU-Verfassungskonvent. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 37(3), 2008, 337-356. [Full text online] ***

    Europäisches Recht und nationale Parteipolitik: Warum Deutschland zu den Schlusslichtern bei der Umsetzung der EU-Antirassismusrichtlinie gehörte. Sozialer Fortschritt 57(7-8), 2008, 202-208. DOI: 10.3790/sfo.57.7-8.202. ***

    Three Worlds of Compliance or Four? The EU15 Compared to New Member States. Journal of Common Market Studies 46(2), 2008, 293-313 (with G. Falkner). DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2007.00777.x ***

    In Search of the Worlds of Compliance: A Brief Reply. Journal of European Public Policy 14(6), 2007, 954-958 (with G. Falkner, M. Hartlapp and S. Leiber). ***

    Worlds of Compliance: Why Leading Approaches to European Union Implementation Are Only ‘Sometimes-True Theories’. European Journal of Political Research 64(3), 2007, 395-416 (with G. Falkner and M. Hartlapp). DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6765.2007.00703.x ***

    Modes of Governance: Towards a Conceptual Clarification. Journal of European Public Policy 14(1), 2007, 1-20 (with H. Bähr and G. Falkner). DOI: 10.1080/135017606061071406 ***

    Les conflits politiques en Allemagne autour de la transposition de la directive européenne contre le racisme. Critique internationale No. 33, 2006, 27-38. DOI: 10.3917/crii.033.0027 ***

    Implementing and Complying with EU Governance Outputs. Living Reviews in European Governance 1(1), 2006, ***

    Was bewirken EU-Richtlinien in der Sozialpolitik? – Ein Ost-West-Vergleich. WSI Mitteilungen 59(10), 2006, 547-552 (with S. Leiber). [Full text online]

    Europäische Sozialpolitik in der nationalen Praxis. Zeitschrift für Sozialreform 51(2), 2005, 139-163 (with G. Falkner). *** [Full text online]

    Non-Compliance with EU Directives in the Member States: Opposition through the Backdoor? West European Politics 27(3), 2004, 452-473 (with G. Falkner, M. Hartlapp and S. Leiber). DOI: 10.1080/0140238042000228095 ***

    Die Umsetzung von EU-Richtlinien im Zeichen der Parteipolitik: Eine akteurzentrierte Antwort auf die Misfit-These. Politische Vierteljahresschrift 44(4), 2003, 506-528. DOI: 10.1007/s11615-003-0096-y ***

    Book Chapters

    Akteurzentrierter Institutionalismus, in: Georg Wenzelburger/Reimut Zohlnhöfer (eds.) Handbuch Policy-Forschung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015, 277-303.  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-01968-6_11. [Preview on]

    Die Europawahl in Großbritannien: gegen Brüssel und gegen das Establishment, in: Michael Kaeding/Niko Switek (eds.): Die Europawahl 2014: Spitzenkandidaten, Protestparteien, Nichtwähler. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015, 161-171. [Preview on]

    Methodische Spezifika der Policy-Forschung, in: Klaus Schubert/Nils C. Bandelow (eds.): Lehrbuch der Politikfeldanalyse. 3. Aufl. München: De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2014, 211–230. [Preview on]

    Party Patronage in Austria: From Reward to Control, in: Petr Kopecký/Peter Mair/Maria Spirova (eds.) Party Government and Party Patronage in European Democracies. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012, 31-53. [Information online]

    Social Policy and Environmental Policy: Comparing Modes of Governance, in: Udo Diedrichs/ Wulf Reiners/Wolfgang Wessels (eds.), The Dynamics of Change in EU Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 103-131 (with H. Bähr and G. Falkner). [Information online]

    Bargaining and Lobbying in EU Social Policy, in: David Coen/Jeremy J. Richardson (eds.), Lobbying the European Union: Institutions, Actors and Issues. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009, 247-267 (with G. Falkner).

    Von Hierarchie zu Kooperation? Zur Entwicklung von Governance-Formen in zwei regulativen Politikfeldern der EU, in: Ingeborg Tömmel (eds.), Die Europäische Union: Governance und Policy-Making. PVS-Sonderheft 40. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2008, 92-115 (with H. Bähr and G. Falkner). [Information online]

    Implementing Public Policy, in: Frank Fischer/Gerald J. Miller/Mara S. Sidney (eds.), Handbook of Public Policy Analysis: Theory, Politics, and Methods. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press 2007, 89-107 (with H. Pülzl).

    Ustavni ugovor EU i budućnost države blagostanja u evropi, in: Drenka Vuković/Ana Čekerevac (eds.), Socijalna politika u procesu evropskih integracija. Belgrad: Čigoja štampa 2006, 30-51 (serbische Übersetzung eines Texts über den EU-Verfassungsvertrag und die Zukunft des Wohlfahrtstaates in Europa).

    2006: Nationale Rechtsbefolgung und die Zukunft der europäischen Sozialpolitik, in: Heinrich Badura (ed.), Soziales Europa zwischen Nostalgie und Zukunftsorientierung. Waidhofen: Europäische Akademie für Lebensforschung, Integration und Zivilgesellschaft, 189-198.

    The EU and New Social Risks: The Need for a Differentiated Evaluation, in: Klaus Armingeon/Giuliano Bonoli (eds.), The Politics of Post-Industrial Welfare States. London: Routledge 2006, 248-263 (with G. Falkner). [Information online]

    Der EU-Verfassungsvertrag und die Zukunft des Wohlfahrtsstaates in Europa, in: Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann/Günter Herzig/Christian Dirninger (eds.), Europa Res Publica: Europäischer Konvent und Verfassungsgebung als Annäherung an eine europäische Republik? Wien: Böhlau 2006, 257-288.

    Europäische Sozialpolitik in der nationalen Praxis, in: Alexandra Baum-Ceisig/Anne Faber (eds.), Soziales Europa? Perspektiven des Wohlfahrtsstaates im Kontext von Europäisierung und Globalisierung. Festschrift für Klaus Busch. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2005, 220-238 (with G. Falkner). [Information online]

    Die Kooperation der Sozialpartner im Arbeitsrecht: Ein europäischer Weg?, in: Rainer Eising/Beate Kohler-Koch (eds.), Interessenpolitik in Europa. Baden-Baden: Nomos 2005, 341-362 (with G. Falkner, M. Hartlapp und S. Leiber). [Draft 2003 online]

    EG-Richtlinien als soziales Korrektiv im europäischen Mehrebenensystem? Regulative Entwicklung, Problemskizze und potentielle Wirkungsmuster, in: Adrienne Héritier/Fritz W. Scharpf/Michael Stolleis (eds.), European and International Regulation after the Nation State: Different Scopes and Multiple Levels. Baden-Baden: Nomos 2004, 115-138 (with G. Falkner, M. Hartlapp and S. Leiber). [Full text online]

    Die Europäische Union als Herausforderung für die Sozialpolitik der Mitgliedsländer, in: Sieglinde Rosenberger/Emmerich Tálos (eds.), Sozialstaat: Probleme, Herausforderungen, Perspektiven. Wien: Mandelbaum-Verlag 2003, 14-27 (with G. Falkner). [Full text online]

    Media Appearances

    Interview mit Radio Q über die neue EU-Kommission. Ausgestrahlt am 5.11.2014,

    Excluding the growing camp of Eurosceptics from the EU’s corridors of power could prove fatal in the long run. LSE EUROPP Blog, 4 August 2014, (Guest commentary).

    Ukip-Erfolg: Europa stehen ungemütliche Zeiten bevor. Die Zeit Online, 26.5.2014. (Guest commentary).

    Schwarz, Patrick (2014): Kommissionspräsident gesucht: Wer hat Angst vorm starken Mann? Handelsblatt Online, 21.3.2014. (Background discussion).

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