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Prof. Dr. Anna-Lena Högenauer

Anna-Lena Högenauer

Assistant prof./Sr research scientist

Academic Area(s) Political science, public administration & international relations
Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Social Sciences
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E03 25-050
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9576
Speaks English, French, German

Anna-Lena Högenauer is the Deputy Head of Institute of the Institute of Political Science and the Course Director of the Master in European Governance.

She studied European Studies with French at King’s College London (BA), European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges (MA) and holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh (2011). She has also spent a year abroad at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris. After her studies, she worked as postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University with Prof. Christiansen and Prof. Neuhold. She joined the Institute of Political Science of the University of Luxembourg in 2014 is currently Assistant Professor.

Her research includes questions of multi-level governance and regional interest representation, environmental policy-making, Europeanization, parliamentary scrutiny of European affairs and legitimacy in EU policy-making. She was an active member of the Observatory of Parliaments after Lisbon (OPAL, www.opal-europe.org) and the Erasmus Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA, http://www.pademia.eu/). She was co-editor for the working paper series of the two networks and has been book reviews editor for Regional and Federal Studies from 2012-2015 and is currently Associate Editor of PRX and a member of the editorial boards of Politics and Governance and of Small States & Territories.

Anna-Lena Högenauer is a member of the University of Luxembourg's Robert Schuman Institute, an interdisciplinary centre funded by the EU Commission as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2015-2022). She participates in the ESRC-funded project Negotiating Brexit: EU institutions, national governments, and the UK (2017-2019).The project aims to provide independent analysis of the Brexit negotiations to the general public and will also result in research publications. She is also a member of the steering group of the EU-funded VIADUCT project on EU-Turkey relations (2017-2020), for which she is currently setting up an online student paper series. She works on Luxembourgish politics as part of the C2ESS project (Challenges to European Small States, 2018-2021) and on the legitimacy of central bank decisions as part of the EMULEG project (2021-2024). She is also a member of the COST Network Intergovernmental Coordination from Local to European Governance (IGCOORD, 2021-2025).

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She won the 2016 PADEMIA Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Parliamentary Democracy in Europe with Chistine Neuhold and Thomas Christiansen for their book Parliamentary Administrations in the European Union (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).

Her article ‘Studying a new phase of europeanisation of national parliaments’ (with K. Gattermann and A. Huff in European Political Science, Vol. 15, 89-107) won the EPS best article award for 2016.

Last updated on: Friday, 04 February 2022

Intergovernmental Coordination from Local to European Governance (IGCOORD: 2021-2025)

The aim of this COST network project is to analyze the coordination between European, national, regional and municipal actors. Interdependence between territorial units is growing due to a dual process of shifting authority from the nation-state upwards to the European Union as well as downwards, empowering regional and local authorities. The focus lies on how best to organize, manage and implement intergovernmental coordination in those various instances. On the part of policy-makers, there is a great need for systematic knowledge, best practices and guidance. For example, politicians in sub-state units that were created or given more powers through devolution or decentralization reforms (e.g. in Spain, Italy or the UK) are still inexperienced with the practice of intergovernmental relations and struggle to establish functioning processes and institutions. Similarly, municipal actors trying to optimize inter-municipal cooperation in order to respond to the quest set by the EU and to attract funds in old and new member-states alike look for guidance and general insights in optimal processes.
It is thus the aim of IGCOORD to

  • provide a joint conceptual paradigm of intergovernmental coordination, enabling the different research communities to speak to each other and to exchange concepts and experiences in a shared perspective;
  • establish and distribute a cumulative body of descriptive and causal knowledge on institutions, mechanisms and processes of intergovernmental coordination in the horizontal and vertical direction, across levels of government, policy sectors and territorial units.

The Governance of Monetary Policy: The EMU’s Legitimacy Conundrum (EMULEG: 2021-2024)

The role of European Central Bank (ECB) in monetary policy and in European Union (EU) law and politics has changed fundamentally in the past decade. Just as during the sovereign debt crisis, in 2020 it is again at the forefront of economic responses that are essential to preserve the Eurozone, and, many claim, the EU itself. While it has so far been successful, the evolution of the ECB remains deeply problematic, both in terms of legality and legitimacy. It faces a conundrum of independence, performance and democracy that remains unsolved.

EMULEG analyses whether the ECB’s independence is too high in light of the increasing polarization of opinions on its policies and the growing importance of its decisions, and whether there are better alternatives that allow for a rebalancing of independence and democratic legitimacy. For this purpose, we will compare the legal framework of the independence of the ECB to three other central banks, as well as the institutional reality of accountability towards political institutions and the public. 

Jean Monnet Centre (2018-2022)

This Jean Monnet Centre aims to reinforce European integration research in Luxembourg. It builds upon the work undertaken during our first JMCE funded over the 2015-2018 period. This previous JMCE funding enabled the creation of the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs, a sui generis interfaculty and interdisciplinary Institute at the University of Luxembourg. The new JMCE will continue our focus on cross-cutting issues linking matters such as economic integration, the EU’s constitutional and institutional evolution, the conceptual understanding of historical processes, the national and international dimensions of integration and the interaction of the various public and private actors involved in shaping the integration process. The Centre will contribute to our continued efforts to initiate and advance policy debates that bridge disciplinary divides with the aim of developing policy relevant ideas to shape the development of the EU.  It will ensure the ongoing development of a vibrant academic community to conduct critical research and scholarly discourse at the highest level, with the publication of results in leading peer-reviewed publications and the maintenance of a strong on-line presence. The Centre intends to reinforce the position of the University of Luxembourg’s Robert Schuman Institute as an important and internationally recognised research community engaged in the ongoing exploration of the possibilities of and challenges to the future of European integration.

Challenges to Democracy and Social Life in European Small States (C2ESS: 2018-2021)

All European small states have their own history, they have different political systems, they face specific problems and challenges - some of them are similar and typical in all small states, others differ from state to state. A comparison of European small states shows a big variety of how small states are organised, how they cooperate with neighbour states, how they manage economic, political and social challenges etc. However, small states are much less of a research topic than bigger states, and therefore teaching materials are largely missing. The C2ESS project aims to develop such materials. This raises awareness of the existence and the special situation of small states, strengthens national identity in small states, and promotes understanding of the role and importance of small states.

Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey Cooperation (VIADUCT: 2017-2020)

VIADUCT is an academic network studying EU-Turkey relations in the context of the current crises and challenges. It involves 40 partners from 36 countries in the EU, Turkey and the neighbourhood. It follows closely the evolving relationship between Turkey and the EU and aims to map scenarios for future relations. It focuses on four cross-sectorial issues from an interdisciplinary perspective (migration, politics and security, economics and energy and the impact of Brexit). Anna-Lena Högenauer is a steering group member and is working together with C. Neuhold and M. Müftüler-Baç on the project's online paper series: the student paper series, the policy paper series and the teaching paper series. 

Negotiating Brexit: EU institutions, national governments, and the UK (2017-…)

Negotiating Brexit is an ESRC-funded project that supports an international observatory of EU experts under the leadership of Hussein Kassim (University of East Anglia) and Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey). Its aim is to research the changing national positions of a number of EU member states on Brexit and the dynamics that drive them and to share this knowledge with the public and key stakeholders, for example through media appearances. In the course of the project, the findings will be published on the UK in a Changing Europe website (http://ukandeu.ac.uk). Anna-Lena Högenauer is working on the Luxembourgish case studies and is contributing, among other things, a paper on the Luxembourgish perspective on Brexit and a paper on the role of parliaments in the Brexit negotiations.

Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA, 2013-2016)

Anna-Lena Högenauer was a member of the steering group of PADEMIA, a Europe-wide network of 56 academic institutions from 31 countries to promote research and teaching on parliamentary democracy in Europe. It seeks to enhance discussion among students, junior and senior researchers, also in exchange with stakeholders, on how to deal with the new challenges parliaments and citizens across Europe are facing today. The network responds to the “Future of Europe” report which identifies “(t)he on-going sovereign debt crisis and the ever accelerating process of globalization (as) an unprecedented dual challenge for Europe”; but also addresses the implications the Lisbon Treaty and further formal agreements (e.g., Fiscal Compact) have for parliamentary democracy in Europe whose complex, multi-level character furthermore requires thorough and comprehensive reflection.
PADEMIA has organized a series of workshops, summer schools and conferences in the period 2013-2016. Moreover, it provides online lectures, the Website, an Online Paper Series (co-edited by Anna-Lena Högenauer) and online tutorials for PhD students on its website.

Observatory of Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty (OPAL, 2011-2014)

The OPAL Project was a joint project within the Open Research Area in Europe for the Social Sciences by the Research Councils of Germany, France the UK and the Netherlands (ANR-DFG-ESRC-NWO). The project constitutes a joint endeavour of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Paris), University of Cologne, Cambridge University and Maastricht University. The aim of the project was to study the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon - that significantly expands the influence of national parliaments in EU policy-makin - on the organization and behaviour of national parliaments. For this purpose, the joint project gathered comprehensive data on parliamentary involvement in EU affairs across all 27 Member States.
OPAL comprised four key areas:

  •     Parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislative processes
  •     Parliamentary involvement in non-legislative EU policy processes
  •     Parliamentary activity beyond the domestic arena (inter-parliamentary co-operation and contacts to EU institutions)
  •     Parliamentary infrastructure in EU affairs (role of parliamentary administrations, recruitment and socialisation).

The project resulted in a wide range of publications, most notably a special issue in West European Poltics (issue 2 2015), the Palgrave Handbook on National Parliaments and the European Union and the first book on Parliamentary Administrations in the European Union (Palgrave). In addition, under the direction of Thomas Christiansen and Anna-Lena Högenauer, the OPAL Online Paper Series published papers on the role of parliaments in the European Union.

Last updated on: 23 Aug 2021

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For the Master in European Governance of the University of Luxembourg:

  • Research Techniques in Political Science (MA-level)
  • Environmental Politics in the European Union (MA-level)
  • The EU Political System (MA-level)
  • Techniques and Approaches in Political Science (PhD-level)

For the Bachelor en cultures européennes (BCE):

  • The History and Politics of the European Union

Last updated on: 26 Oct 2020