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Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos

Senior Lecturer in Politics

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Dr Dimitrakopoulos holds degrees from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens), the Université Libre de Bruxelles 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 German.

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 recent conference paper), the evolution of ‘comitology’ and the role of the European Parliament therein, party government and the implementation of EU public policy at the national level, the presidentialisation of the Greek Prime Minister.

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.

Recent media appearances and public engagement

  • Interviews on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party Danish daily Information, 24 September 2016 http://ow.ly/XOHN304xvgW , 12 September http://www.information.dk/545088 , 13 July 2016 https://www.information.dk/udland/2016/07/labours-formandsvalgkamp-fri-politik , 20 August 2015 http://www.information.dk/542493
  • Labour after Brexit. Blog post commissioned by the ESRC’s ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, 11 July 2016. https://ukandeu.ac.uk/labour-after-brexit/
  • 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. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexitvote/2016/06/02/a-vote-to-leave-is-a-vote-to-cut-migration-no-matter-what-liberal-brexiteers-would-like-to-think/
  • 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. http://ukandeu.ac.uk/the-labour-party-and-european-integration-since-1989/
  • 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, https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/dionyssis-g-dimitrakopoulos/mr-cameron-renegotiation-and-evidence-based-policy-ma
  • Interview on EU-related referenda in EU member states in Danish daily Information, 27 November 2015 http://www.information.dk/553488
  • The Labour Party and the EU. Post for the blog of the ESRC’s ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme, 28 September 2015. http://ukandeu.ac.uk/the-labour-party-and-the-eu/ subsequently re-published by the Democratic Audit’s blog http://www.democraticaudit.com/?p=16432
  • 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 http://www.information.dk/541804
  • 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 http://www.information.dk/536622
  • 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.
  • Interview on David Cameron’s speech on immigration from the EU, Brazilian daily o’Globo, 28 November 2014.
  • Interview on the Greek EU/IMF bailout programme, BBC World, broadcast live, 25 November 2014.
  • Interview on the British government’s stance in relation to the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker’s nomination for the presidency of the European Commission, Polish National Radio, 24 June 2014.
  • Interview on the Greek presidency of the EU, Radio France Internationale English language programme, broadcast on 1 December 2013.
  • Interview on the Greek government’s decision to shut down the public broadcaster, Voice of America, 12 June 2013, http://www.voanews.com/content/greece-to-reopen-state-broadcaster/1680065.html and http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1680838.html
  • The political consequences of a Greek rapper’s murder. OpenDemocracy, 30 September 2013.
  • Interviews on the Greek government’s reaction to the violence perpetrated by Golden Dawn sympathisers in Athens, Voice of America, 21 September 2013 and Radio France Internationale (English programme), 26 September 2013.
  • Live radio interview on job cuts in the Greek public sector, Drive, BBC Radio 5live, broadcast on 29 April 2013.
  • Live TV interview on the crisis in the Euro area, Squawk Box, CNBC Europe, broadcast on 28 March 2013.
  • Live radio interview on the Eurogroup's decision on Cyprus, Good morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, broadcast on 23 March 2013.

Recent events

  • Panel debate on ‘What do the Greek elections mean for Greece’s future?’, London School of Economics and Political Science, 5 February 2015. Podcast available here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=2862
  • Lecture on the UK’s EU policy to staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, FCO, 16 June 2014.
  • The virtues of political contestation. Presentation made in the panel discussion on the 2014 European elections. Birkbeck College, 31 March 2014. Video recording of the event: http://youtu.be/ske8fQNZ37E
  • Lecture on the UK's EU policy delivered to British officials on the European fast stream of the UK civil service, London, 4 November 2013.
  • Lecture on the UK’s EU policy to staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, FCO, 18 February 2014. This was repeated on 8 April. A blog post that repeats some of the points made in that lecture was published on 27 February on the Birkbeck Comments blog.
  • How domestic structures shape responses to the crisis: Evidence from the case of Greece. Paper presented at the seminar on Under Pressure: National and European Democracy in the wake of the Eurocrisis organised by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies in the context of the European Policy Institutes Network. Stockholm, 14-15 June 2012.
  • Greek election forum 2012, panel debate, LSE, 8 May 2012.
  • Roundtable at Birkbeck (22 March 2012) on the French elections of 2012. The details appear here.
  • Roundtable at Birkbeck on social democracy and Europe's crisis (16 February 2012). The podcast of this event is available here.

Principal publications

    Books

  • 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, Dionyssis G. 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)

Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6786

E-mail:
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Skype (institutional account): bbk.politics

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