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Dr Sara Hagemann



Dr Sara Hagemann
Assistant Professor

European Institute

Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3777
Email: s.hagemann@lse.ac.uk
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Sara Hagemann is Assistant Professor 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 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 Managing Director of VoteWatch.eu (www.votewatch.eu) an online initiative that monitors EU decision-makers’ voting records. She is currently the Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the organisation.

Sara has been awarded an ESRC Impact Accelerator Grant through the LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs, due to commence in September 2016 until July 2018.

Research Interests

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


EU410 Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Design|
EU421 Policy-Making in the European Union|
EU435 History and Theory of European Integration|
EU550 Research Workshop in European Studies|

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Publications (selected list)

Working Papers

S. Hagemann, S.B. Hobolt and C. Wratil (July 2015) ‘Government Responsiveness in the European Union: Evidence from Council Voting’.

S. Hagemann (August 2015) ‘Transparency vs Efficiency? A Study of Negotiations in the Council of the European Union’.

S. Hagemann, S. Bailer and A. Herzog (June 2015) ‘Signals to their parliaments: governments’ strategic use of votes and policy statements in the Council of the European Union’.

S. Hagemann (June 2015) ‘Transparency in Politics’.

‘Transparency and Accountability in EU Politics’, draft book manuscript.

Recent Publications

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

S. Hagemann and S. 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 ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme.

Annual VoteWatch Europe reports on the performance of the European Parliament and Council of the European Union. Forthcoming report: ‘Join the party: Voting and coalitions in the European Parliament and the EU Council’. See www.votewatch.eu for previous publications.

S. 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.

S. 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.

S. 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.

S. 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.

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

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

S. Hagemann and B. Høyland (2010), ‘Parties in the Council?’ in The Role of Political Parties in the European Union, B. Lindberg et al. (eds) Journal of European Public Policy Series, 2010, London: Routledge.

S. Hagemann and S. Hix (2009) ‘Could Changing the Electorate Rules Fix European Parliament Elections?’ Politique Européen 28: 28-41.

S. Hagemann and B. Høyland (2008) ‘Any Parties in the Council?’ Journal of European Public Policy 15(8).

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

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

S. Hagemann (2007) ‘Applying Ideal Point Estimation Methods to the Council of the European Union; European Union Politics 8(2).

S. 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, edited volume by Centre for European Policy Studies, Egmont and European Policy Centre, Brussels.