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Prof. Dr. Thomas König

Prof. Dr. Thomas König
Professorship of Political Science, European Politics
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6 – Room 353
68159 Mannheim
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Appointments: uhorn uni-mannheim.de

Profile

Professor Dr. König and his team’s main academic interests are in the area of European Politics and comparative political science, in particular European integration, legislative and constitutional decision making, and the implementation of those decisions. Core activities include the analysis and empirical testing of theories on bargaining, voting and delegation. For this purpose, datasets are generated which cover the institutional details and the policy positions of the actors involved in the decision making.

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  • Academic and Professional Career

    Professional Career

    since 01/10 Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 884 “The Political Economy of Reforms”
    since 08/07 Chair of Political Science II at the University of Mannheim
    09/16-08/20 Lead Editor of the American Political Science Review, APSR
    09/07-09/10 Head of Department B (“European Political Systems and their Integration”) at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research
    10/03-07/07 Chair of Political Science at the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer
    08/02-05/03 Fulbright Professor for German Studies at the Washington University in St. Louis, USA
    10/99-09/03 Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz
    04/97-09/99 DFG-Heisenberg-Fellow at the Stanford University, USA ( Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, PhD.)
    10/97-03/99 Interim Professor of Political Scienca at the University of Saarlandes (formerly Professor Dr. Jürgen Domes)
    03/96-02/97 Associate Professor at the “Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS)” at the University of Groningen, NL (Professor Dr. Frans Stokman)
    05/92-09/97 Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim
    05/90-04/92 Research Assistant at the Chair of Political Science I at the University of Mannheim (Professor Dr. Fanz Urban Pappi)
    03/88-04/90 Research Assistant at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Kiel (Professor Dr. Franz Urban Pappi)
    07/87-02/88 Research Assistant at the Research Unit for Societal Development (FGE) at the University of Mannheim (Professor Dr. Rudolf Wildenmann)

    Academic Career

    1997 Habilitation in Political Science at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim (Thesis: “Coordination, Cooperation and State Sovereignty”
    1990 Dissertation in Political Science at the Department of Social Sciences at the Universtity of Mannheim (Thesis “Organized Influence on Legislative Politics in the German Labor Policy Domain”)”.
    1987 Master in Political Science and Roman Languages at the University of Mannheim
       
  • Awards and Memberships in Academic Organisations

    Awards

    • 2009 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo Campbell National Fellowship at the Hoover-Institut der University Stanford
    • Research Affiliate at the Stanford Forum on Contemporary Europe
    • 2006 Nomination for the Descartes Prize for Research of the European Commission
    • 2002 Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Washington University in St. Louis
    • 2001 Harrison Prize of the British Political Science Association (PSA) for the best article in 2001.
    • 2000 Visiting Professor at he University of Rome III.
    • 1998 Karl W. Deutsch-Professor at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrums Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB)

    Academic Organisations

    • Member of the Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften
    • Foundation Member and Member of the Excecutive Board of the International Research Network on “European Political Economy Consortium” (EPEC)
    • Member of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
    • Member of the German Political Science Association (DVPW)
    • Member of the German University Association (DHV)
    • Member of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)
    • Member of the Network on Enlargement and new Membership of the European Union (NEMEU)
    • Member of the Standing Group on Analytical Politics and Public Choice of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
    • Member of the Standing Group on the European Union of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
  • Academic Services

    Since  2014                     Member of the Research Council of the the University of Mannheim
    2013Organizer of the “6th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations (PEIO)” at the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Germany.
    2012Organizer of the “6th Pan-European Conference on EU Politics” (for the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union) at the University of Tampere in Finland.
    Since 2011Member of the Scientific Board of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/Main.
    Since 2011Official Representative of the University of Mannheim at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
    Since 2011Member of the Executive Committee of the European Political Science Association (EPSA).
    Since 2009Director of the “Summer Institute on the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models, EITM Europe” (University of Mannheim).
    Since 2009Member of the DAAD Review Board for Scholarships.
    Since 2009Member of the Fulbright Review Board for Scholarships.
    2009Director of the Workshop “Party Positions, Coalition Options and Policy Change in the 2009 Bundestag Election Year” (with Professor Dr. Thomas Bräuninger) at the Summer Academy of the German National Academic Foundation in Salem.
    2009Chair of the George Tsebelis-Conference (with Dr. Marc Debus) “Reform Processes and Policy Change: How Do Veto Players Determine Decision-Making in Modern Democracies” (University of Mannheim).
    Since 2008Personal Tutor of the German National Academic Foundation.
    Since 2007Member of the Editorial Board of “Political Analysis”.
    Since 2007Member of the Editorial Board of “International Interactions”.
    Since 2004Evaluator of the Exchange Program of the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD).
    2004Director of the Workshop “Constitutional Politics of the European Union” (with Professor Dr. Simon Hug) at the Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
    2003Chair of the Panel “Author meets Discussants: George Tsebelis Veto Players” at the 2nd General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
    2003Director of the Workshop “Constitution‐building in the EU” at the 2nd General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
    2003Director of the Workshop “Europe Decides” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
    2001Director of the “Summer School on Analytical Approaches to European Union Policy Making: Delegation and Implementation in the European Union” (London School of Economics).
    2001Director of the Workshop “Decision‐making Approaches in the EU: An Empirical Evaluation of Competing Game‐Theoretic Models” at the 1st General Conference des European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
    2000Director of the “Summer School on Analytical Approaches to European Union Policy Making: Bargaining, Legislation, and Bureaucratic Politics” (University of Konstanz).
    Since 1999Member of the Editorial Board of “Political Studies”.
    Since 1999Evaluator of the Research Program of the European Commission.
    1999Director of the Workshop “Europe at Crossroads” at the Summer Academy of the German National Academic Foundation.
    1999Director of the Workshop “Enlarging or Deepening – European Union at Crossroads” (with Professor Dr. Bernard Steunenberg) at the XXVII Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
    Since 1998Member of the Editorial Boards of “European Union Politics”.
    1998Director of the Workshop “Policy Networks” at the XVIII Sunbelt and 5th European International Conference on Social Networks.
    1997Director of the Summer School “Elites in Germany” of the German National Academic Foundation.
    1996 ‐ 1999Co-Editor of the Mannheim Yearbook for European Social Research.
  • Editorial Boards and Evaluations

    2016–2020        Lead Editor of the American Political Science Review (APSR)
    Since 2014Member of the  Evaluation Panel of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
    Since 2012Member of the Editorial Board of “Legislative Studies Quarterly”.
    Since 2011Evaluator of the European Research Council (ERC).
    Since 2011Evaluator of the French National Research Agency (ANR).
    Since 2011Evaluator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
    Since 2011Evaluator of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).
    Since 2007Member of the Editorial Board of “Political Analysis”.
    Since 2007Member of the Editorial Board of “International Interactions”.
    Since 2004Evaluator of the Exchange Program of the German Academic Exchange Foundation (DAAD).
    Since 1999Member of the Editorial Board of “Political Studies”.
    Since 1999Evaluator of the Research Program of the European Commission.
    Since 1998Member of the Editorial Boards of “European Union Politics”.
    1996 – 1999Co-Editor of the Mannheim Yearbook for European Social Research.
  • Research Projects

    Since 01.2010                                         Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 884 “The Political Economy of Reforms”, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    Since 01.2010                             Director of the Project B1 “The Domestic Foundation of Governmental Preferences over European Politics” in the CRC 884.
    Since 01.2010           Co‐Director of the Project C1 “Legislative Reforms and Party Competition” in the CRC 884.
    Since 01.2010    Director of the Project Z2 “Central Administration” in the CRC 884.
    01.2009- 01.2013Director of the Project “Policy Change and Reform: The Determinants of Success and Duration of German Legislation between 1961 and 2005”, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    09.2008-09.2011Director of the Project “European Legislative Responses to International Terrorism (ELIT)” (with Dr. Daniel Finke), financed by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
    09.2007 – 08.2009Director of the Project “The Implementation of Community Law in the Member States”, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    01.2003 – 12.2006Director of the Project “Domestic Structures and European Integration. A Multi‐stage two level game‐analysis of European constitution‐building” (with Professor Dr. Christophe Crombez, Professor Dr. Han Dorussen, Professor Dr. Madeleine Hosli, Professor Dr. Simon Hix, Professor Dr. Simon Hug, Professor Dr. Michael Laver, Professor Dr. George Tsebelis), financed by the 6th framework of the European Commission.
    01.2002 – 10.2009Co‐Director of the Research Group “Institutional Design of Federal Systems. Theorie and Empirics” (with Professor Dr. Jürgen von Hagen and Dr. Thomas Bräuninger), financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    10.2001 – 09.2003Co‐Director of the Project “Domestic Preference Formation on Proposals of the European Commission: A Comparative Analysis of Cleavages and Interest Intermediation Patterns in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom” (with Professor Dr. Gerald Schneider), financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    10.1999 – 09.2003Co‐Director of the Project “Explaining European Decision Making”, (with Professor Dr. Frans Stokman), financed by the Dutch Science Foundation (NOW).
    10.1999 – 09.2001Co‐Director of the Project “The Relevance of Threats and Promises in EU Negotiations“ (with Professor Dr. Gerald Schneider), financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
    10.1999 – 08.2000Director of the Project “Governing in the Federal Republic of Germany”, financed by the Federal Minister on Education and Research (BMBF).
    04.1999 – 09.1999Director of the Project “Coordination und Cooperation in international Multi Level Bargains”, financed by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).
    03.1993 – 09.1997Director of the Project “Dynamics of European Integration”, financed by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).
    06.1993 – 09.1996Co‐Director of the Project “The Negotiations of the Antarctic Liability Regime” (with Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum), financed by the Heidelberg Max‐Planck‐Institut for Public and International Law.
    04.1988- 08.1996Collaborator in the Project of the European University Institute “Cabinets and Supporting Parties” (Director Professor Dr. Jean Blondel and Professor Dr. Maurizio Cotta).
    03.1988 – 02.1992Collaborator in the Project “Collective Decision in the German, American and Japanese Labor Policy Domain” (Director Professor Dr. Franz Urban Pappi, Professor Dr. David Knoke, Professor Dr. Jeff Broadbent and Professor Dr. Yutaka Tsujinaka), financed by the VW Foundation and US National Science Foundation.
    07.1987 – 02.1988Collaborator in the Project “Research Deficits and Options in the German Federal Re‐public” (Director Professor Dr. Rudolf Wildenmann and Professor Dr. Ulrich Widmaier), financed by the Federal Minister on Education and Research (BMFT).