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Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Profile

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 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.

Research and teaching

  • He has won research funding from the British Academy, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and the European Union. In addition to English and Greek, he is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of German.
  • 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.
  • His current research focuses on 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

  • 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.
  • Letter commenting on the UK government’s decision to block the publication of confidential letters written to government ministers by Prince Charles, The Guardian, 18 October 2012, p. 41.
  • Television interview about Angela Merkel’s visit in Greece and the crisis in the Euro area, World Business Report, BBC News, broadcast on 9 October 2012.
  • Live television interview about Greece and the crisis in the Euro area,Squawk Box, CNBC Europe, broadcast on 6 August 2012.
  • Interview on the Greek elections of 17 June and the economic adjustment programme, Spanish daily La Razón, 20 June, 16.
  • Interview on the crisis in the Eurozone and its impact on the UK, A simple question, PressTV, broadcast on 20 June 2012.
  • Interviews on the Greek general election of 17 June 2012 and the crisis in the Eurozone:
  • Catalan daily La Vanguardia, 16 June 2012
  • Voice of America, 14 June 2012
  • Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, 12 June 2012.
  • Panel debate on the implications of the French presidential elections, Today,China Radio International, broadcast live on 15 May 2012.

Recent events

  • 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. 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

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

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 blog posts)

Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos

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