BOOK   Measuring International Authority
PAPER Dealignment Meets Cleavage Theory (APSA 2017)
PUBLICATION Cleavage Theory Meets Europe’s Crises: Lipset, Rokkan, and the Transnational Cleavage. Journal of European Public Policy, online first
DATA    MIA–Pooling and delegation in international organizations  and  CHES survey: 2015 Balkans data


Welcome! My name is Liesbet Hooghe, and I am the W.R Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Robert Schuman Fellow at the EUI, Florence. I was born and educated in Belgium and received my PhD. from the KU Leuven. After a one-year Fulbright fellowship at Cornell University and a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford, I joined the University of Toronto. In 2000, I moved to the University of North Carolina. Between 2004 and 2016, I also held the Chair in Multilevel Governance at the VU University Amsterdam.

Gary Marks en Liesbeth.

I am a comparativist. The central theme in my research is multilevel governance — the incidence, sources, and implications of the dispersion of authority downwards, upwards, and sideways of central (national) government. Much of my research involves Europe, but I have developed a keen interest in regional authority in Latin America and Southeast Asia as well as in international organizations.

Teaching: political behavior (elites, political parties, public opinion), multilevel governance, decentralization, European integration, international organization.

From 2010 to 2015, Gary Marks and I were leading an ERC-funded project on the causes and consequences of multilevel governance. It is summarized in five books published by Oxford University Press. Two are out: Measuring Regional Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Vol. I (OUP, 2016), Community, Scale and Regional Governance: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Vol. II (OUP, 2016). The third is in press: Measuring International Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Vol. III (OUP, August 2017). 

To access data and publications related to the ERC project, please click Regional authority” and “International authority

CV (August 2017)

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