Welcome! I am a comparative political scientist with a background in international and European politics and a keen interest in applied methodology. I work as a Professor (Ordinaria) of Comparative Politics in the School of Economics and Political Science (SEPS) [»] at the University of St Gallen [»], Switzerland.

My research focuses on democracy promotion and the impact of transnational networks on democratization processes, primarily in the context of relations between the European Union and the Arab nations of the Middle East and North Africa, but also the democratic quality of these networks themselves. I am an associated member of the Research Network "External Democracy Promotion" [»], funded by the Leibniz Association [»].

Main research areas 

Democracy and democracy promotion * EU external
relations * Globalization and interdependence *
Transgovernmentalism * International socialization.

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