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Sara Hagemann

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Relevant research

Hagemann, Sara, Hobolt, Sara B. and Wratil, Christopher (forthcoming) Government Responsiveness in the European Union: Evidence from Council Voting, Comparative Political Studies.

Hagemann, Sara and Franchino, Fabio (forthcoming) Transparency vs. Efficiency? A Study of Negotiations in the Council of the European Union, European Union Politics.

Hagemann, Sara, Bailer, Stefanie and Herzog, Alexander (2015) Signals to their parliaments: Governments’ strategic use of voting and policy statements in the Council of the European Union, paper presented at European Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, Vienna, 25-28 June 2015.

Hagemann, Sara and Hoyland, Bjorn (2010) Bicameral politics in the European Union. Journal of Common Market Studies, 48 (4). pp. 811-833.

Hix, Simon and Hagemann, Sara (2009) Could changing the electoral rules fix European parliament elections? Politique Européenne, 28 (2). pp. 37-52.

Hagemann, Sara (2008) Voting, statements and coalition-building in the Council from 1999-2006. In: Naurin, Daniel and Wallace, Helen, (eds.) Unveiling the Council of the European Union: Games Governments Play in Brussels. Palgrave studies in European Union politics. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 36-64.

Hagemann, Sara and Hoyland, Bjorn (2008) Parties in the Council? Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (8). pp. 1205-1221.

Hagemann, Sara (2007) Applying ideal point estimation methods to the Council of Ministers. European Union Politics, 8 (2). pp. 279-296.

Evidence of impact

Articles in the news media

‘New website puts European Parliament under scrutiny’, Brussels Blog, Financial Times, 12 May 2009:

‘Your country or your party needs you’, Brussels Blog, Financial Times, 18 October 2010:

‘Lack of ‘political will’ on public voting records’, European Voice, Politico, 13 October 2010:

‘A vote for European transparency’, European Voice, Politico, 13 April 2011: 

More recent articles on Votewatch in the news media:

Other impact

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Blog entries

Hagemann, Sara (with Simon Hix) (2015) Does the UK win or Lose in the EU Council of Ministers? LSE EUROPP blog entry:
Also published on The Guardian website:

Hagemann, Sara (2012) EU budget negotiations continue against a backdrop of austerity: but they are still in need of reform to produce a more efficient financial framework. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (05 Jun 2012) Blog Entry:

Hagemann, Sara (2012) The political and economic crisis in Europe has meant a step back for the EU’s major institutions. Solutions in 2012 must not come at the expense of democracy. British Politics and Policy at LSE (09 Jan 2012) Blog Entry:

Relevant video and audio

Hagemann interviewed on ‘Europe and the UK. Have we lost our sovereignty to Brussels?’, LSE, 4 February 2015:

Hagemann and Hix giving evidence together with Professor Anand Menon to the EU Affairs Select Committee in the UK House of Lords, 24 November 2015:


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