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Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos

Senior Lecturer in Politics

MSc European Politics and Policy Programme Director

Profile

Dr Dimitrakopoulos holds degrees from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens), the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Institut d’Etudes Européennes) and the University of Hull.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has held fellowships at Oxford and the LSE after having worked as a stagiaire in the Secretariat General of the European Commission. He has won research funding from, inter alia, the ESRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and the European Union.

He directs the MSc in European Politics & Policy, has served on the ESRC’s Peer Review College (2010-14) and has acted as external referee for the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France, the Scientific Research Fund, Flanders, Belgium, as well as several academic journals. In addition to English and Greek, he is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of the German language.

He is currently serving on the Brexit Policy Panel convened under the auspices of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe programme. The panel is a cross-disciplinary group of social scientists that provides ongoing commentary and predictive analysis on the Brexit process, seeks to inform the public about Brexit, by drawing on the leading academics researching Britain’s departure from the European Union.  The panel’s members complete a monthly survey that tracks the outlook of Brexit negotiations and provides a picture of expert opinion on where we have got to in the Brexit process and a forecast of where we are headed.  A two-page report is then produced that analyses and aggregates the views of academics, with some key take-hone findings and infographic trackers on key issues.  The list of the committee's members is public.

In 2018 he served as a jury member for the award of the best paper prize for the best paper presented on European politics and society at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

 

Dr Dimitrakopoulos is also the curator of Birkbeck's Talking Europe vlog.



Research

  • His research and teaching focuses on the politics of European integration both at the EU and the domestic level of government. He has particular interests in the institutional development and operation of the European Union, the role of ideas and norms in political processes, the conflict between the supporters of regulated capitalism and their neo-liberal opponents over the future of the EU, the way in which EU policy is implemented at the national level (especially in the UK, France and Greece), and how national parties define (and, when in government, pursue) their preferences on the EU. His work has appeared in leading refereed journals including Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, the European Journal of International Relations, the Journal of Public Policy, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy and the European Law Journal.
  • Current research focuses on the politics of emergency in the European Union (see here the paper presented in the 2016 UACES conference in London), the reform of the Greek tax collection institutions (project funded by the LSE; see here a related conference paper; the corresponding book co-authored with Prof. Argyris G. Passas appeared in October 2019).

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Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos

Teaching

PhD supervision

  • Proposals are welcome for doctoral dissertations in the area of the politics of European integration, especially EU-level decision making and institutional change, the implementation of EU policy at the national level, the politics of domestic preference formation on the EU and the impact of EU membership at the national level (including the implications of EU membership for national parliaments).
  • Potential applicants are advised to read our guidance on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.

Principal publications

    Books

  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Argyris G. Passas. 2020. The Depoliticisation of Greece's Public Revenue Administration. Cham: Springer.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G., ed. 2011. Social democracy and European integration: The politics of preference formation. Routledge Advances in European Politics Series. London/New York: Routledge.
  • _____. 2008/2013. The power of the centre: Central governments and the macro-implementation of EU public policy. European Policy Research Unit book series. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Paperback edition to be published in August 2013.
  • _____, ed. 2004. The changing European Commission. Europe in Change book series. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Argyris G. Passas, eds. 2003. Greece in the European Union. Europe and the Nation State book series. London/New York: Routledge.
  • Articles in refereed journals

  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionysis G., and Argyris G. Passas. 2020 (accepted). Reforming Greece’s Tax Administration During the Financial Crisis: The Paradox of Power Asymmetry.  Forthcoming in South European Society and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2020.1762371
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. 2017. Party family or nation state? The post-decisional politics of supranational socio-economic regulation. Comparative European Politics, DOI: 10.1057/s41295-017-0094-x.
  • _____. 2012a. Between the party and the European Union? The regulation of working time in France. French Politics, Culture & Society, 30 (1): 88-110.
  • _____. 2012b. La régulation du temps de travail en Grande-Bretagne: à la croisée des changements politiques nationaux et de l’influence de l’Union européenne. Travail et Emploi (128): 55-68.
  • _____, Anand Menon and Argyris G. Passas. 2009. France and the EU under Sarkozy: between European ambitions and national objectives? Modern & Contemporary France 17 (4 - special issue on the Sarkozy Presidency edited by Philippe Marlière and Joseph Szarka): 451-65.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. 2008. Norms, strategies and political change: Explaining the establishment of the Convention on the Future of Europe. European Journal of International Relations 14 (2):319-41.
  • Kassim, Hussein and Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos. 2007. The European Commission and the negotiation of the Constitutional Treaty. Journal of European Public Policy 14 (8, special issue on Political Agency in the Constitutional Politics of the European Union edited by D. Beach and Th. Christiansen):1249-70.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. 2006. More than a market?  The regulation of professional sport in the European Union. Government and Opposition 41 (4):561-80.
  • _____. 2005. Norms, interests and institutional change. Political Studies 53 (4):676-93.
  • _____ and Hussein Kassim. 2005a. Inside the European Commission: preference formation and the Convention on the Future of Europe. Comparative European Politics 3 (2, special section on Preference Formation and the Institutions of the EU edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos and Hussein Kassim):180-203.
  • _____ and _____. 2005b. La Commission européenne et le débat sur l’avenir de l’Europe. Critique Internationale (29, special issue entitled Quel avenir pour l’Europe? Les préférences des États membres et de la Commission européenne edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos and Hussein Kassim):169-90.
  • _____ and _____. 2004. Deciding the future of the EU: preference formation and treaty reform. Comparative European Politics 2 (3, special issue on Preference  Formation and EU Treaty Reform edited jointly with Hussein Kassim):241-60.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Argyris G. Passas. 2004. The Greek Presidency: In the shadow of war. Journal of Common Market Studies 42 (annual review): 43-7.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. 2003. Power, norms, and institutional change in the European Union: The protection of the free movement of goods. European Journal of Political Research 42 (2):163-84.
  • _____. 2001a. Incrementalism and path dependence: European integration and institutional change in national parliaments. Journal of Common Market Studies 39 (3):405-22.
  • _____. 2001b. Learning and steering: Changing implementation patterns and the Greek central government. Journal of European Public Policy 8 (4):604-22.
  • _____. 2001c. The transposition of EU law: 'Post-decisional politics' and institutional autonomy. European Law Journal 7 (4):442-58.
  • _____. 2001d. Unintended consequences: Institutional autonomy and executive discretion in the European Union. Journal of Public Policy 21 (2):107-31.
  • Page, Edward C., and Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos. 1997. The dynamics of EU growth: A cross-time analysis. Journal of Theoretical Politics 9 (3):365-87.
  • Special issues of journals

  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Hussein Kassim, eds. 2005. Preference formation and EU Treaty reform: The institutions of the EU.  Special section of Comparative European Politics 3 (2).
  • _____ and _____, eds. 2005. Quel avenir pour l’Europe? Les préférences des États membres et de la Commission européenne. Special issue of Critique Internationale, 29.
  • _____ and _____, eds. 2004. Preference formation and EU Treaty reform. Special issue of Comparative European Politics 2 (3).
  • Book chapters

  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G., and E. C. Page. 2012. Rewards at the top: the European Union. In Rewards for High Public Office in Europe and North America, edited by B. Guy Peters and M. Brans, 269-84. London/New York: Routledge.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G., and Argyris G. Passas. 2012. International organizations and domestic administrative reform. In Handbook of Public Administration, 2nd edn., edited by B. G. Peters and J. Pierre, 532-44. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. 2011a. Introduction: Social democracy, European integration and preference formation. In Social Democracy and European Integration: The Politics of Preference Formation, edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos, 1-22. London/New York: Routledge.
  • _____. 2011b. Conclusions. In Social Democracy and European Integration: The Politics of Preference Formation, edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos, 188-204. London/New York: Routledge.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Argyris G. Passas. 2011. The Panhellenic Socialist Movement and European integration: The primacy of the leader. In Social Democracy and European Integration: The Politics of Preference Formation, edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos, 117-56. London/New York: Routledge.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. 2008. Collective leadership in leaderless Europe: A sceptical view. In Leaderless Europe, edited by J. E. S. Hayward, 288-303. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kassim, Hussein and Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos. 2007. Leader or bystander? The European Commission and EU treaty reform. In Leadership in the Big Bangs of European Integration, edited by D. Beach and C. Mazzucelli, 94-114. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. 2004. Introduction. In The Changing European Commission, edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos, 1-11. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis G. and Argyris G. Passas. 2004. Governing without government?’ In The Changing European Commission, edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos, 153-63. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • _____ and _____. 2003a. Conclusion: Europeanisation and the Greek policy style: national or sectoral? In Greece in the European Union, edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos and A. G. Passas, 139-47. London: Routledge.
  • _____ and _____. 2003b. Greece: an introduction to patterns of EU membership. In Greece in the European Union, edited by D. G. Dimitrakopoulos and A. G. Passas, 3-15. London: Routledge.
  • _____ and _____. 2003c. International organizations and domestic administrative reform. In Handbook of Public Administration, edited by B. G. Peters and J. Pierre, 440-50. Bevery Hills, CA: Sage.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis and Edward C. Page. 2003. Paradoxes in EU administration. In Paradoxes in Public Sector Reform: An International Comparison, edited by J. J. Hesse, Chr. Hood and B. G. Peters, 317-33. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.
  • Passas, Argyris G. and Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos. 2002. The Treaty of Nice, the presumed end of incrementalism and the future of the European Union. In Perspectives on the Nice Treaty of Nice and the Intergovernmental Conference in 2004, edited by D. Melissas and I. Pernice, 30-40. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis and Jeremy Richardson. 2001. Implementing EU public policy. In European Union: Power and Policy-Making, edited by J. J. Richardson, 335-56. 2nd edition. London: Routledge.
  • Dimitrakopoulos, Dionyssis. 1998a. Andreas G. Papandreou. In Dictionary of Political Biography, edited by D. Kavanagh, 374-5. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • _____. 1998b. Eleftherios Venizelos. In Dictionary of Political Biography, edited by D. Kavanagh, 489. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • _____. 1998c. Konstantinos Karamanlis. In Dictionary of Political Biography, edited by D. Kavanagh, 253-4. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Other publications (including newspaper articles and some blog posts)

 

Media appearances and public engagement (since 2015)

  • Interview on Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party and the 2017 general election in leading Danish daily Dagbladet Information, 22 April 2017.
  • Interviews on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party Danish daily Information, 24 September 2016, 12 September, 13 July 2016, 20 August 2015.
  • Labour after Brexit. Blog post commissioned by the ESRC’s ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, 11 July 2016.
  • A vote to Leave is a vote to cut migration, no matter what liberal Brexiteers would like to think. LSE BrexitVote blog, posted on 2 June 2016.
  • The Labour Party and European integration since 1989. Post for the blog of the ESRC’s ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, 2 June 1016.
  • Interview on the migration crisis and the Schengen system in Danish daily Information, 29 January 2016.
  • Interview on the referendum on the UK’s terms of EU membership, ERT (public Greek broadcaster), Europe programme, 20 January 2016.
  • Mr Cameron, the renegotiation and evidence-based policy making. Open Democracy, 15 January 2016.
  • Interview on EU-related referenda in EU member states in Danish daily Information, 27 November 2015.
  • The Labour Party and the EU. Post for the blog of the ESRC’s ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, 28 September 2015, subsequently re-published by the Democratic Audit’s blog.
  • Interview on the crisis in Greece and the Eurozone, France24, broadcast live on TV on 20 August 2015.
  • Interview on Greece’s third bailout in Danish daily Information, 13 August 2015.
  • Interview on the crisis in Greece and the Eurozone, France24 news bulletin, broadcast live on TV on 11 August 2015.
  • Interview on the crisis in Greece and the Eurozone, BloombergTV broadcast live on 3 July 2015.
  • Interview on EU/IMF’s handling of the crisis in Greece, Voice of America, 29 June 2015.
  • Interview on the crisis in Greece and the Eurozone, BloombergTV broadcast live on 29 June 2015.
  • Interview on the crisis in Greece and the Eurozone, France24 news bulletin, broadcast live on TV on 28 June 2015.
  • Interview on the crisis in Greece and the Eurozone, France24 news bulletin, broadcast live on TV on 18 June 2015.
  • Interview on Labour’s and social democracy’s crisis in Europe published (with several quotations) in leading Danish daily Information on 17 June 2015.
  • Interview on the crisis in Greece and the Eurozone, France24 news bulletin, broadcast live on TV on 4 June 2015.
  • Interview on the meeting of the Eurogroup of 20 February 2015, France24 news bulletin, broadcast live on TV on 20 February 2015.
  • Interview on EU/IMF’s handling of the crisis in Greece, Voice of America, 19 February 2015.
  • Interview on the result of the 2015 Greek elections and its implications for the Eurozone, Voice of America, 26 January 2015.
  • Interview on the result of the 2015 Greek elections, France24 news bulletin, broadcast live on TV on 25 January 2015.

 

Events (since 2017)

  • 2019a. Le Brexit. Guest lecture, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC), Département de Droit et de Science Politique, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Aix en Provence, 14 June 2019.
  • 2019b. La mise en oeuvre de politiques publiques européennes au niveau national. Guest lecture, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC), Département de Droit et de Science Politique, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Aix en Provence, 18 June 2019.
  • 2019c. La dérive intergouvernmentale dans le fonctionnement de l’Union européenne. Guest lecture, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC), Département de Droit et de Science Politique, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Aix en Provence, 20 June 2019.
  • 2019d. The intergovernmental drift in the operation of the European Union. Guest lecture at the Institute for Alternative Policies think tank, Athens, 16 April 2019. Video available here.
  • 2019e. Two guest lectures on the implementation of EU public policy, postgraduate programme European Law and Public Policy, Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, Athens, 10 and 17 April 2019, under the auspices of the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
  • 2019f. Labour and Brexit. Guest lecture, Ladywell branch of the Labour Party, Ladywell, London, 24 January.
  • 2018a. Greece and the future of Economic and Monetary Union. Guest lecture, Institut d’Etudes Europénnes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2 October.
  • 2018b. Why Brexit is Unbritish, Birkbeck Big Ideas Lecture Series, Stratford campus, 28 June. Preview podcast available here. You can read the corresponding blog post here.
  • 2018c. Two guest lectures on the implementation of EU public policy, postgraduate programme European Law and Public Policy, Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, Athens, 7 and 9 March 2018, under the auspices of the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
  • 2017. The depoliticisation of Greece’s public revenue administration. Presentation at the research seminar of the Hellenic Observatory, LSE European Institute, 24 October.

Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos

Contact details

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E-mail:
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