Dr Sara Hagemann

Dr Sara Hagemann

Associate Professor in European Politics

European Institute

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About me

Sara Hagemann is Associate Professor in European Politics at London School of Economics and Political Science, where she joined the European Institute in September 2009. In her work, Sara draws on a mix of academic and policy experience as she has held research and policy positions in Brussels, Copenhagen and London. Sara has published extensively on European affairs, in particular on transparency and accountability in political systems, EU policy-making processes, EU treaty matters, the role of national parliaments, and the consequences of EU enlargements.

Sara is a frequent commentator on EU affairs in both international and national media. She is the Co-Founder and General Editor of the LSE’s popular European Politics blog EUROPP.

Before joining LSE, Sara worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Brussels-based European Policy Centre (EPC), where she was responsible for its Political Europe programme. She has also held posts at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sara is the Co-Founder and former Director of VoteWatch Europe (www.votewatch.eu) an online initiative that monitors EU decision-makers’ voting records.

Sara has been awarded an ESRC Impact Accelerator Grant (from September 2016- April 2018) through the LSE’s School of Public Affairs. She was an ESRC Senior Fellow in the UK in a Changing Europe Programme (www.ukandeu.ac.uk) during the UK’s EU referendum year 2016, providing independent expert advice to Parliament, government, businesses and interest organisations and public media.

Research Interests

Sara's research interests include political behaviour and institutions, transparency and accountability in representative democracies, EU politics and governance, EU treaty reforms and enlargements, mixed qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Teaching

Sara teaches on a number of political science courses, EU politics courses and research design and methods courses at the level of MSc, PhD and MPA. Sara is the Programme Director for the European Institute’s MSc European Union Politics. 

Current projects

Sara Hagemann The New Political Game in Europe. Book manuscript.

Sara Hagemann, Stefanie Bailer and Alexander Herzog ‘Signals to their parliaments: governments’ strategic use of votes and policy statements in the Council of the European Union’, R&R.

Sara Hagemann ‘Transparency and legislative behaviour’, journal paper.

Sara Hagemann ‘The changing powers of the British Parliament in international affairs’, journal paper.

Publications

Academic

Sara Hagemann (2018) ‘The Brexit Context’ in Jonathan Tonge, Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Stuart Wilks-Heeg (eds) (2018) Britain Votes 2017, Oxford: Oxford University Press.Also published as a special issue for Parliamentary Affairs.

Sara Hagemann, Sara B. Hobolt and Christopher Wratil (2017) ‘Government Responsiveness in the European Union: Evidence from Council Voting’ Comparative Political Studies 50(6): 850-876. DOI: 10.1177/0010414015621077.

Sara Hagemann and Fabio Franchino (2016) ‘Transparency vs Efficiency? A Study of Negotiations in the Council of the European Union’ European Union Politics 17(3): 408-428. DOI:10.1177/1465116515627017.

Sara Hagemann (2015) ‘How to Study Bargaining in the European Union’ in Kenneth Lynggaard et al. (eds) (2015) Research Methods in European Union Studies London:Palgrave Macmillan.

Sara Hagemann (2012) ‘Negotiations of the EU Budget: How Decision Rules Affect Policy Ambitions’, in Giacomo Benedetto et al. (eds) (2012) EU Budget Reform: Revenue, Spending and Institutional Change, London:Palgrave.

Sara Hagemann and Bjørn Høyland (2010), ‘Bicameral Politics in the European Union’ Journal of Common Market Studies 48(4): 811-833.

Sara Hagemann and Bjørn Høyland (2010), ‘Parties in the Council?’ in Bjørn Lindberg et al. (eds) (2010) The Role of Political Parties in the European Union, London: Routledge.

Simon Hix and Sara Hagemann (2009) ‘Could Changing the Electorate Rules Fix European Parliament Elections?’ Politique Europeen 28(2): 37-52.

Sara Hagemann and Bjørn Høyland (2008) ‘Any Parties in the Council?’ Journal of European Public Policy. 15(8): 1205-1221.

Sara Hagemann (2008) ‘Voting, Statements and Coalition-Building in the Council from 1999 to 2006’ in Helen Wallace and Daniel Naurin (eds) (2008) Unveiling the Council: Games Governments Play in Brussels, London/Palgrave Macmillan.

Sara Hagemann (2007) ‘Applying Ideal Point Estimation Methods to the Council of the European Union’ European Union Politics 8(2): 279-296.

Sara Hagemann (2007) Decision-Making in the European Union’s Council of Ministers’ PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Other publications (selected list)

Sara Hagemann, Simon Hix and Doru Frantescu ‘Top 8 effects of Brexit on the future of EU policies’ report published by VoteWatch Europe April 2017.

Sara Hagemann (2017) ‘The political and legal headaches caused by Brexit have only just begun’, LSE EUROPP blog, February 2017.

Sara Hagemann (2017) ‘The EU27’s message to Brexit Britain’ article in Financial Times, January 12, 2017.

‘Power behind the Scenes’ front page portrait article about my role as LSE academic and independent expert adviser in the magazine DJOEF, published by and distributed to members of the Danish Union for Economists and Lawyers (80,000 members), January 2017 http://www.djoefbladet.dk/artikler/2017/1/dj-oe-fer-i-brexitorkanens--oe-je.aspx.

Sara Hagemann (2017) ‘Brexit and the Implications for EU27’, oral and written evidence presented to the Danish Parliament’s European Affairs Committee, April 2017.

Sara Hagemann, Simon Hix and Chris Hanretty (2016). Introducing Cameron’s EU red card will have limited impact’, article in The Guardian 10 February 2016.

Sara Hagemann and Simon Usherwood (2016) ‘Facts behind the claims: Democracy’ Blog post for UK in a Changing Europe.

Sara Hagemann (2016). ‘Fact check: Does the UK get its way at the EU top table?’ Blog post for LSE EUROPP blog.

Anand Menon, Angus Armstrong, Sara Hagemann, Jo Hunt and Catherine Barnard (2016). ‘Brexit and Beyond: How the UK might leave the EU’, report published by UK in a Changing Europe, 2016.

Sara Hagemann (2016) ‘Parliament's role in the Brexit negotiations: Article 50 and beyond’, report published by UK in a Changing Europe, October 2016.

Sara Hagemann, Sara B. Hobolt and Christopher Wratil (2016) ‘How opposition to EU proposals act as signals to domestic audiences’ Blog post for UK in a Changing Europe and LSE EUROPP.

Sara Hagemann (2016) (co-authored with colleagues from UK in a Changing Europe) ‘Lessons Learned from the EU Referendum’ report presented to UK House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, September 2016.

Sara Hagemann (2016) (co-authored with colleagues from UK in a Changing Europe) ‘The Legal and Political Processes of Triggering Article 50 Negotiations between the UK government and the European Union’, Report for the Political Science Association, September 2016.

Sara Hagemann and Sara B. Hobolt (2016) ‘The UK’s Democratic Moment on Europe?’ Report for the LSE Commission on the Future of the UK in Europe.

Sara Hagemann (2016) ‘UK in the EU: Voting Behaviour and Coalition Building in the EU Council’, written and oral evidence presented to House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee 20 May 2016.

Sara Hagemann (2016) ‘Transparency in EU legislative politics’, written and oral evidence presented to House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee 14 April 2016.

Sara Hagemann (2016) ‘Does the UK win or lose in the EU?’ policy brief for ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative, May 2016.

Sara Hagemann (2016) ‘Leave/Remain: The facts behind the claims’, contribution to report for ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative, April 2016.

Sara Hagemann, Simon Hix and Doru Frantescu (2016) ‘Would Brexit Matter? The UK’s voting record in the Council and European Parliament’, VoteWatch Europe Special Report, April 2016.

Sara Hagemann and Sara B. Hobolt (2016) ‘A vote to leave the EU may have a detrimental impact on Parliament’, blog post LSE BrexitVote April 2016.

Sara B. Hobolt and Sara Hagemann (2016) ‘Turn out or else: do referendum campaigns actually change voters’ minds?’ blog post LSE BrexitVote April 2016.

Sara Hagemann (2016) ‘Giving MPs more power over the UK’s EU representatives would do far more for parliamentary sovereignty than a ‘red card’’, article in The Guardian and blog post for  LSE BrexitVote 18 February 2016.

Sara Hagemann (2015) ‘Denmark said No. Will there be consequences for the UK?’, blog post LSE EUROPP blog and LSE BrexitVote December 2015.

Sara Hagemann and Simon Hix (2015) ‘The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament: profiles and voting behaviour since elections in 2014’. Report for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, published in collaboration with the ESRC ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ initiative.

Sara Hagemann (September, 2015) ‘The democratic dilemma for national parliaments in Europe’, LSE EUROPP blog.

Sara Hagemann, Simon Hix and Doru Frantescu Annual VoteWatch Europe reports published on the performance of the European Parliament and Council of the European Union.

Sara Hagemann (2014): ‘The effect of enlargements on EU decision-making’, evidence published by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Review of the Balance of Competences, Semester 4, report number 30.

Sara Hagemann (2014): ‘Subsidiarity and the role of national parliaments in scrutiny of governments’ EU decisions’, evidence published by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Review of the Balance of Competences, Semester 4, report number 32.

Sara Hagemann (2014) ‘A public vote on Jean-Claude Juncker could be a significant step for transparency in EU politics’ LSE EUROPP blog June 2014.

Sara Hagemann (2014) ‘The EU budget and balance of powers between the European Parliament and the EU governments’’ Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies 2014:3.

Sara Hagemann (2013) (with VoteWatch Europe) ‘Voting Patterns in the EU Council’; evidence submitted upon request by the UK House of Commons, Foreign Affairs Committee, April 2013. Published in Committee report, Autumn 2013.

Sara Hagemann (2012) ‘Money and Power: EU Budget Negotiations Show Best and Worst Sides of EU Politics’ DIIS Policy Brief May 2012, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark.

Sara Hagemann (2012) ‘The political and economic crisis in Europe has meant a step back for the EU’s major institutions. Solutions must not come at the expense of democracy’. LSE EUROPP blog, February 2012.

Sara Hagemann (2011) ‘Denmark in the Chair: A Challenging EU Presidency for a Member with ‘Opt-Outs’, Government Gazette, October 2011.

Sara Hagemann, Simon Hix and Abdul Noury (2010) ‘The First 6 months of the New European Parliament’. Report published by VoteWatch Europe, January 2010.

Sara Hagemann (2009) ‘Strength in Numbers? - An evaluation of the 2004-2009 European Parliament’, EPC Issue Paper No. 58, European Policy Centre May 2009

Sara Hagemann (2008) ‘Transparency in the Council: Efficiency vs. Democracy?’ Policy paper for European Policy Centre, Brussels.

Simon Hix and Sara Hagemann (2008) ‘Small Districts with Open Ballots: A New Electoral System for the European Parliament’. Paper presented to the European Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee on March 26, 2008.

Sara Hagemann and Fabian Zuleeg (2008) ‘Troubles Ahead: Can the EU Find a Better Way of Negotiating its Budget?’ Policy brief for European Commission, Bureau of European Policy Advisors, Brussels 3-4th of April 2008.

Sara Hagemann (2008) ‘Lisbon Treaty: Democracy vs. efficiency?’ VoxEU, June 2008.

Sara Hagemann and Fabian Zuleeg (2008) ‘Governance and the EU budget: A Better Way Forward’ in Think Global – Act European, edited and published by Notre Europe and Fundation pour l’Innovation Politique.

Sara Hagemann (2007) ‘Decision-making in the Council of the European Union: Explaining and Assessing the Rules under the Lisbon Treaty’ in The Treaty of Lisbon: Implementing the Institutional Innovations, joint publication by Centre for European Policy Studies, Egmont and European Policy Centre (2007).

Sara Hagemann (2007) ‘The EU Reform Treaty: Easier Signed than Ratified?’ European Policy Centre (EPC) Policy Brief.

Sara Hagemann (2007) ‘The Council of Ministers after the 2004 Enlargement: Consequences for Decision-Making’, Special Report presented to the Council of the European Union’s General Secretariat, May 2007. Published by Centre for European Policy Studies.