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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
Room: COW 1.05






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.

Sara has been awarded an ESRC Impact Accelerator Grant (from September 2016- April 2018) through the LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs and is an ESRC Senior Fellow in the UK in a Changing Europe Programme.

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. Bailer and A. Herzog (October 2016) ‘Signals to their parliaments: governments’ strategic use of votes and policy statements in the Council of the European Union’.

S. Hagemann (May 2016) ‘Transparency in Politics’.

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

Recent Publications (selected list)

S. Hagemann, S.B. Hobolt and C. Wratil (2016) ‘Government Responsiveness in the European Union: Evidence from Council Voting’. Comparative Political Studies first published on 12 January 2016, DOI:10.1177/0010414015621077.

S. Hagemann and F. Franchino (2016) ‘Transparency vs Efficiency? A Study of Negotiations in the Council of the European Union’. European Union Politics first published on February 8, 2016, DOI:10.1177/1465116515627017.

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 (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).

Policy Papers (selected list)

Contribution to evidence submitted by UK in a Changing Europe to the UK House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Lessons Learned from the EU Referendum, September 2016.

Contribution to report submitted by UK in a Changing Europe to the Political Science Association on ‘Brexit and Beyond: How the United Kingdom Might Leave the European Union’, October 2016.

Contribution to the LSE Commission ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ and co-author (with S. B. Hobolt) of Report 8 ‘The UK’s Democratic Moment on Europe?’ June 2016.

S. 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.

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

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

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

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

S. Hagemann and Hobolt, S.B. (2016) ‘A vote to leave the EU may have a detrimental impact on Parliament’, blog post LSE BrexitVote April 2016.
Hobolt, S.B. and Hagemann, S. (2016) ‘Turn out or else: do referendum campaigns actually change voters’ minds?’ blog post LSE BrexitVote April 2016.

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

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

S. Hagemann and Hix, S. (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.

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

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.