About Us

We are a burgeoning network of 29 scholars from various academic disciplines (political science, public policy, law, economics, sociology, history and criminology), all working on issues related to financial accountability in the EU. We are recognised as a UACES (University Association of Contemporary European Studies) collaborative research network for the period 2015-2018. Our research includes:

  • normative questions: accountability, legitimacy, transparency, democracy
  • fields of practice: auditing, taxation, accountancy and budgeting
  • stages of the policy process: implementation and evaluation (ex ante / ex post)
  • institutions: European Court of Auditors, European Parliament (Budgetary Control), European Commission, Anti-Fraud Office, European Central Bank
  • institutional issues: reform, roles, design, leadership, culture, ethics, learning
  • new instruments: European Stability Mechanism and European Semester
  • policy areas: from the CAP and Structural Funds to CFSP and economic governance
  • analytical lenses: multi-level governance, framing, theories of integration, etc.

We aim to engage academics and researchers, including doctoral students, EU officials, policy practitioners and civil society in our debates and collaborative research projects. Some members have been recipients of a postgraduate research grant on public finance awarded by European University Institute and European Court of Auditors.

  • Network Coordinators (3)

Paul Stephenson is Assistant Professor at Maastricht University. He was a visiting Marie Curie Research Fellow of the Centre d’Etudes Européennes at Sciences Po, Paris, carrying out a two-year project funded by the 7th Framework Programme. APPLAUD (Accountability and Public Policy Audit in the EU) examined the institutionalisation of financial control mechanisms, looking close-up at the evolving role of the European Court of Auditors. His PhD is from Cambridge University. See his academic profile here.

María-Luisa Sánchez Barrueco is Senior Lecturer in European Law and Policy at the University of Deusto, Bilbao, where she received her PhD. She has an LL M in EU and International Law from Université Catholique de Louvain and MA in European Politics and Administration from the College of Europe. Her research focus includes accountability, institutional development/reform and public ethics from a EU perspective. She tweets on those issues on a (mostly) regular basis. See her academic profile here.

Hartmut Aden is Professor of Law and Social Sciences (specialisation Political and Administrative Science) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. He studied at Göttingen (Georg-August University), Hanover (Leibniz University) and Paris (École des Hautes Études en Sciences sociales, EHESS). He has professional experience in the field, having worked as Senior Audit Manager at the German Federal Court of Audit (Bundesrechnungshof) in Bonn (2005-2009). See his academic profile here.

  • Members (26)

Michael W. Bauer is Jean Monnet Professor of the European Union and holds the Chair of Comparative Public Administration and Policy Analysis at the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer. His research focus and teaching experience lie in European multilevel administration, public administration and comparative policy analysis. He is an expert on EU institutions, interested in EU budgetary politics and the role of the European Parliament in budgetary negotiations. See his academic profile here.

Giacomo Benedetto holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Budget Policy at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research and teaching focus on all aspects of the EU’s budgets and financial instruments. He is also a specialist on the European Parliament and he has interests in political parties and party systems. See his academic profile here.

Demelsa Benito is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Deusto. She studied Law at the University of Salamanca, where she received her Ph.D. She has conducted research at the Universities of Cologne and Parma, and at the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Office in Peru. Her research mainly concerns the phenomenon of corruption from the perspectives of criminal law and criminal justice. See her academic profile here.

Michelle Cini is Professor of European Politics at the University of Bristol and Editor-in-Chief (with Amy Verdun) of the Journal of Common Market Studies. She has held many visiting positions: at the EUI as a Jean Monnet Fellow (1999-2000), New York and Columbia Universities (1999), Nanging University, China (2008), and Harvard University (2014). She has published extensively on EU policy-making, organisational reform and executive politics, competition policy and public ethics. See her academic profile here.

Paulo Nogueira da Costa is Research Associate at the Center of Human Rights of the University of Coimbra at the Faculty of Law (Ius Gentium Conimbrigae). His PhD is in Law and awarded by Coimbra. He is also Professor in the field of public law at the Autonomous University of Lisbon and is Professor of Tax Law at the Superior Institute of Accounting and Administration of Lisbon. Beyond his academic and research activities, he is consultant at the Portuguese Court of Auditors. See his academic profile here.

Nina Eichacker is a lecturer in economics at Bentley University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. She studied at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and wrote her PhD dissertation about financial deregulation and the European financial crisis. Her research focuses on European finance, financial stability and liberalization, the European financial crisis, and issues of corporate governance. See her academic profile here.

Judit Fortvingler is Assistant Professor at the Department of Finance of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Following a masters degree in economics at Budapest’s University of Economic Sciences, she trained as a statutory auditor and tax expert. She is certified by the Hungarian Association of Internal Auditors. She teaches auditing, accounting, business entrepreneurship and finance. Her research concerns audit and the convergence of methodologies in the EU. See her academic profile here.

Diane Fromage is Assistant Professor of European Law at Maastricht University. She was previously Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in Law at the EUI (2014-2015), she received her PhD from the University Pompeu Fabra and the University of Pavia. Her research focuses on the role of national and regional parliaments within the European Union and she is also interested in the European Fiscal Board and independent fiscal institutions. See her academic profile here

Claudia Gloazzo is a PhD student in European public policies at EPRC, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She holds a MA in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Florence, with a focus on Structural Funds. She works on EU Cohesion policy, in particular on financial instruments and their accountability. Her PhD research involves a comparative study on the influence of governance over financial instruments’ performance in Germany, Italy and UK. See her research profile here.

Nico Groenendijk is Visiting Professor of European Studies at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. He was Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Governance at the University of Twente, where he obtained his PhD. He researches the EU budget, public financial management, Better Regulation, multi-level governance, cohesion policy and ENP. He has done advisory work for the Dutch Court of Auditors and chairs a municipal court of auditors. See his academic profile here.

Andreea Hancu Budui is Internal Auditor and Accounting Controller for Fundación Valenciana por el Empleo y la Integración in Valencia. She has a MSc in Audit by the University of Valencia and was awarded the 2017 Postgraduate Research Grant Programme by the European Court of Auditors for her research on the audit of the EDFs. She is interested in auditing, public policy, public accountability and EU affairs. She is preparing a PhD proposal on ECA related activities. See her professional profile here.

David Howarth is Professor of political economy at the University of Luxembourg. He previously ran the the University of Edinburgh’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and remains an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh. His research examines the political economy of European integration (specifically Economic and Monetary Union) and the comparative political economy of financial (and specifically banking) systems. See his academic profile here.

Jo Hunt is Reader in European Union Law at Cardiff Law School, Wales, where she is Programme Leader for the LLM in European Legal Studies. She has a LLM in International, European and Comparative Law from Keele and a PhD from Leeds University. She has published on economic and social law. Her recent work examines the governance framework for the operation of the Common Agricultural Policy, looking at issues of policy evaluation and financial accountability. See her academic profile here.

Justyna Łacny is Assistant Professor at the Polish Academy of Science, Institute of Legal Studies http://inp.pan.pl/english.php specialising in EU public law (administrative and institutional law).  Her research concerns financial and legal responsibility for EU budgetary expenditure. She practices law as an expert for the Polish parliament (Sejm) http://www.bas.sejm.gov.pl/about_us.php and lectures at the University of Warsaw (European Center)  http://www.ce.uw.edu.pl/en/. See her academic profile here.

Roger Levy is Professor and Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from McGill University and M.Phil from Glasgow University. His research concerns: performance management and audit; financial and programme management of EU programmes; European Commission; European Court of Auditors; design of UG and PG business and management courses; reform of EU programme and financial management; HE management. See his academic profile here.

Adina Maricut-Akbik is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She currently works on the ERC-funded project LEVIATHAN—‘Legal and Political Accountability In ‘Post-Crisis’ EU Economic Governance’ (2017-2021). Her research focuses on the accountability interactions between the European Parliament and various executive actors in EU economic governance (the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the Council/Eurogroup). She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest. See her academic profile here.

Andreea Nastase is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University (CEU), in Budapest. Andreea has published internationally on ethics reforms at the European Commission, and anti-corruption policies implemented in Romania. Her research interests are EU public affairs, European public administration, ethics and integrity of governance, and public policy analysis. See her academic profile here.

Laura Polverari is Senior Research Fellow at the European Policies Research Centre, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde. She studied political science at LUISS University (Rome). Her PhD dissertation, on the changing accountability of devolved regional policy, earned her First Prize in the 2011 Committee of the Regions Doctoral Thesis Competition. Her research focuses especially on the delivery, evaluation and accountability of European cohesion policy.  See her academic profile here.

Antonio-Martín Porras-Gómez is Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut. He is a lawyer and an economist by training. He has a Master degree in Law and Business Administration, an LL.M in Constitutional Law and a PhD in Public Law from the University of Seville. He has worked as a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as well as SOAS, where he examined governance frameworks for the management of water provision. See his academic profile here.

Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan is a Lecturer in European political science at the Department of Government, University College Cork. Her research focuses on European institutional change, with a special focus on the politico-administrative relationship. Emmanuelle recently published Reforming the European Commission (Palgrave, 2011). She is currently researching the role of the European Commission in multi-level financial management in the European Union from 1994 to 2014. See her academic profile here.

Julie Smith is a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, where she is Lecturer in European Politics. Julie was Head of the European Programme at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) from 1999 until 2003. She took both her MPhil and DPhil in Politics at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. In 2014 she became a member of the House of Lords. Her research focuses on the UK’s relationship with the EU, the role of parliaments in the EU and on budgets and parliaments. See her academic profile here.

Aneta Spendzharova is Assistant Professor at Maastricht University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA in 2007 where she specialized in Comparative Politics and Research Methods. She is interested in the accountability of banking supervision organizations and central banks. In particular, she is researching how financial accountability has been exercised in the recent bank bail-outs in the European Union. See her academic profile here.

Neculai-Cristian Surubaru is a PhD candidate in Politics and European Studies at Loughborough University. His thesis focuses on the administrative and political governance of European funds in Central and Eastern Europe. He is interested in auditing, public procurement and EU funds-related irregularities. He has taught at Loughborough and guest lectured at the University of Edinburgh. He has published in Regional Studies, Regions and Cities, and East European Politics. See his academic profile here.

Laura Christine Ulrich is a lecturer in Bavarian history at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. She studied history at Munich (LMU Munich) and Cambridge (University of Cambridge). Her research concerns the history of EU budgetary control. She has published on the genesis of the European Court of Auditors and the European Parliament’s budgetary power. Her recent book ‘Roads to Europe’ provides a political biography of Bavarian MEP Heinrich Aigner. See her academic profile here.

Nikos Vogiatzis is a Lecturer in the Law School, University of Liverpool. He has a PhD in Law from the University of Hull, and an LLM in EU Law from ULB, Brussels and an LLB from the University of Athens.  His research concerns EU Constitutional Law (EU citizenship, openness and transparency, the provisions on democratic principles), Democracy in the EU, the Ombudsman and other means of extra-judicial redress, the Law of the ECHR (institutional questions and political rights). See his academic profile here.

Anchrit Wille is associate professor at Leiden University’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs in The Hague. She has published on executive politics, accountability in multi-level governance, and democratic governance. Her recent book, ‘The Normalization of the European Commission: Politics and Bureaucracy in the EU Executive’ (OUP 2013), is an in-depth case study of the evolution of the EU’s accountability architecture and its impact on political-administrative relationships. See her academic profile here.

We are looking for other scholars to join this new and informal academic research network. If you are interested please contact p.stephenson@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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