Visit of Diefenbaker Scholar Prof. Arthur Benz

benzTitle of the talk: EU Multilevel Governance

Arthur Benz’s career is focused on political science, administrative science and social sciences. Before accepting the chair of political science at the University of Hagen, he taught at the Universities of Konstanz and Halle-Wittenberg. Between 1990-1991, he worked as a Visiting Researcher at the renowned Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, where he co-operated with Fritz W. Scharpf. Since 1995, he has received several grants to further his research in various fields such as National Parliaments in European Union (2001-03) and Accountability in Multilevel Governance (with Yannis Papadopoulos, 2004-06). Dr. Benz has published nine books, has co-edited 10 books, and has published 29 refereed journal articles and 48 book chapters.

Federalism, governance and policy making are at the centre of most of his publications. Dr. Benz’s in-depth analysis of the different national political systems provides insights and exposes the challenges that come with federalism. His extensive research allows him to revisit numerous assumptions and bring new arguments and perspectives on the countries’ governments. Among his publications are Horizontale Politikverflechtung (Horizontal Joint Policy-Making, 1992) with Fritz W. Scharpf and Reinhard Zintl); Der moderne Staat (The Modern State, 2001, Spanish translation 2007), Föderalismus (Federalism 2002) edited with Gerhard Lehmbruch, and Governance and Democracy (2006), edited with Yannis Papadopoulos. In several articles, published in Publius, West European Politics or Federal and Regional Studies, he has contributed to empirical and theoretical research on federalism and multilevel governance.

Dr. Benz is a member of the executive committee of the Institute for European Constitutional Sciences at the University of Hagen; he is also a member of the International Political Science Association and the German Political Science Association, among others. Between November 2003 and December 2004, he participated as an expert in a Joint Commission of the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat) preparing the constitutional reform of German federalism which came into force in September 2006. Since 2000 he has worked as one of the four elected reviewers representing political science in the German Research Foundation.