Sabine Saurugger

Sabine Saurugger
Sciences Po Grenoble · Pacte Research Center

PhD

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Introduction
Sabine Saurugger's research focuses on public policy and comparative politics, and more specifically on interest groups, theories of European integration, European public policies and the politics of law. She has recently published, with Fabien Terpan, Crisis and Institutional Change in Regional Integration (Routledge, 2016) and The Court of Justice of the European Union and the Politics of Law (Palgrave, 2017). Her articles have been published in journals such as Policy Sciences, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics and Political Studies.
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September 2002 - present
Sciences Po Grenoble
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Publications (193)
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What characterizes European Union soft law and what are its implications for the EU multilevel system? What is the proportion of hard and soft law in EU policy? Which types of soft law act are adopted in different policy sectors? This article introduces the conceptual and analytical framework that encompasses the EfSoLaw dataset and explains its me...
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Few existing datasets on parties and interest groups include data from both sides and a wide variety of interest groups and parties. We contribute to filling this gap by making several interconnected new datasets publicly available. The Party-Interest Group Relationships in Contemporary Democracies (PAIRDEM) datasets include cross-national data fro...
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The establishment, consolidation, and transformation of EU institutions—in short, EU institutional politics—is the subject of this book. This chapter asks how the different institutions surveyed are situated along the five dimensions of EU institutional politics: (1) intergovernmental vs supranational; (2) international vs transnational; (3) separa...
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The European Union (EU) cannot be understood without reference to its institutions. But scholars differ on the questions of what precisely EU institutions are, what they do, and why they matter. This chapter defines EU institutions as decision-making bodies. It refers to the notion of EU institutional politics as the sphere of informal and formal r...
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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is one of the key institutions in the European political system, and amongst the less well known. Described as one of the most powerful international courts, and perceived as one of the reasons the UK left the European Union (EU) (their main argument being that they did not want to be held to accoun...
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Theorien europäischer Integration beschäftigen sich mit zwei Fragestellungen: Erstens, warum und inwieweit sind souveräne Staaten bereit, Teile ihrer politischen Autonomie aufzugeben, um an einem supranationalen Integrationsprojekt mitzuarbeiten? Zweitens, wie funktioniert eine supranationale Organisation und welche Effekte hat sie? Unterschiedlich...
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The aim of this article is to analyse whether, why and with which consequences courts support or on the contrary oppose decisions taken by non-majoritarian institutions and governments, and hence constrain or, on the contrary, enhance the integration process in times of crises. Focusing on judicial decisions on the subject of the European Central B...
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Relationships between political parties and interest groups form structures that enable and constrain political action. Yet there is a lack of consensus on what ‘party-group relationships’ means. We propose a conceptualization focusing on ties as means for structured interaction, which is different from sharing or transfer of resources and ideologi...
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L'Union européenne poursuit son intégration. Des outils d'analyse ont été très tôt forgés pour comprendre ce système politique spécifique et la manière dont il s’est construit. Ils n’ont cessé de se complexifier à mesure que la communauté s’est agrandie et que ses compétences se sont accrues, dans le respect relatif des souverainetés nationales. Le...
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Until the late 1980s, European integration was generally said to be based on ‘integration through law’. However, in the 1990s, a group of scholars observed that law seemed to be increasingly challenged and new modes of governance tended to distance themselves from legal integration. They were confronted with another group arguing that the EU was st...
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This chapter examines the dynamics of Europeanization of interest groups and social movements in European Union member states. European integration has influenced interest groups and social movements since the beginning of the process in the 1950s. However, transformation has been induced by other elements such as globalization or the transformatio...
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European integration is associated with the idea of an ‘ever closer Union’, achieved in part through ‘integration-through-crisis’. However, while crises have led to higher regulatory pressure, responses to these crises have not always taken the form of stronger commitments and legally binding rules. Based on the study of three policy areas recently...
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The European Union’s response to the crisis of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has been met with intense criticism. Critics highlight that both the reforms of the EMU legal framework and national austerity measures implemented under Memoranda of Understanding have limited national governments’ discretion in shaping national policies to an unprece...
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The aim of this article is to analyse the position of the Court of Justice of the EU with regard to the conflicts of sovereignty that emerged during and in the aftermath of the EMU crisis. The economic and financial crisis increased legal integration and therefore led to more rule of law. This context opened the possibility for plaintiffs to call u...
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The aim of its introduction is threefold: We start from a conceptual clarification of preference formation, defining it provisionally as a political process ‘by which social actors decide what they want and what to pursue’. After an analysis of different conceptual and theoretical approaches, the introduction offers a critique of liberal intergover...
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This article analyses the causal factors underlying the formation of French preferences during the Eurozone crisis solving process (2008–2017). Going beyond the clear distinction between national preference formation and interstate bargaining of liberal intergovernmentalism, this article combines new intergovernmentalism, political economy and feed...
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This reply to Neil Fligsteins thought-provoking comments on this special issue's contributions analyses three specific aspects: the problems of comparing identity construction in different policy areas due to differences in European integration; the focus on EU institutions and lack of attention to social groups and citizens; the EU as a state. We...
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This paper aims to analyse whether ‘economic integration through law’ still is one of the EU’s central identities. From the 1960s to the Maastricht Treaty of 1992, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was considered to be one of the main actors creating rulings that allowed establishing a regulated single market. Since the 1990s, howev...
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Questions of identity have returned to the centre of political debates in Europe. A key issue is that while the EU has greatly expanded its powers in key policy domains that traditionally have been the preserve of nation states, its political identity remains weak. The special issue examines the construction of the EU’s political identity (or ident...
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Courts are increasingly asked to deal with fundamental political disagreements in liberal democracies. Because of its political salience and the extent of its consequences, the crisis of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has exposed such fundamental disagreements between and within its member states, which numerous plaintiffs have brought befor...
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To date, there have been a number of studies that have examined how policies move from one jurisdiction to another. However, few of these studies have examined the micro-interactive effects of actors. This is necessary to understand how actors shape outcomes over time. The aim of this paper is to engage with this micro-level literature through an e...
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This chapter aims to analyse whether and, if so, why the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union supports the European Parliament’s decision-making powers in the European governance system since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. While the Court has historically played a role in empowering the Parliament, some arguments s...
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The aim of this article is to assess the judicial activism of the Court of Justice of the European Union. In adopting a politics-of-law approach, the article contributes to the more recent literature which stresses that the Court’s activism can only be understood by embedding the analysis of its rulings in the broader political and institutional co...
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The process of European integration has encountered a serious series of challenges since the beginning of the years 2000: the negative referenda in France and the Netherlands rejecting the Constitutional Treaty in 2005, the financial and economic crisis starting in 2008, repeated terrorist attacks, tensions with Russia, ailing support for European...
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Fédéraliser la zone euro est une idée ancienne. Depuis peu, celle-ci est toutefois de nouveau à l’ordre du jour, portée en particulier par le président français, Emmanuel Macron. Partant de la notion de fédération dans l’intégration européenne, l’article propose une analyse critique et contextualisée des différentes propositions nationales et europ...
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The aim of this contribution is to critically analyse the strengths and pitfalls of constructivist public policy approaches in European Union (EU) studies and to develop avenues for further research. Four conceptual frameworks are more specifically discussed: (1) sociological institutionalism; (2) discursive institutionalism; (3) approaches based o...
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Crisis of the European Union or Crises of Democracy? European institutions are regularly accused of a “deficit of democracy”. However, from the 1990s, successive treaties have implemented different instruments to tackle this deficit. The powers of the European Parliament have been considerably reinforced. However, the crisis in the European Union i...
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This article aims to analyse the challenges the eurozone crisis created for theoretical explanations of European integration. Starting from a definition of the two central characteristics of the crisis - the increasing politicisation of the domestic level and the strong call for legal regulation of, and court response to, the EU's economic governan...
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The aim of this paper was to understand in which direction policies change in periods of crisis. Do they lead to the hardening of norms or the introduction of softer rules governing public policies? Based on the study of policy change in two periods of economic governance—the 2003–2005 Stability and Growth Pact crisis, and the 2009–2013 economic go...
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Pourquoi continuer à publier une revue d’études européennes ? Pourquoi continuerà publier en français ? Comment allier la croyance au nécessaire libre accèsdes résultats de la recherche publique et la quête d’un modèle économiquepermettant la production des revues qui rendent visibles et accessibles cetterecherche ? Comment répondre à l’objectif né...
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Comparative regional integration has met with increasing interest over the last twenty years with the emergence or reinforcing of new regional dynamics in the EU, NAFTA, MERCOSUR and ASEAN. This volume systematically and comparatively analyses the reasons for regional integration and stalemate in European, Latin American and Asian regional integrat...
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Financial and economic crises have a global impact. While this was already visible in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century, when the collapse of national stockmarkets triggered economic crises in a large number of states, the most recent economic breakdowns and recessions – the 1980s in Latin America, the 1990s in Asia and, finally, th...
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Global economic and financial turmoil has occurred over the last ten years and put stress on regional governability. European, Asian, Latin American – as the chapters of this collective volume have shown, but also African, North-American or Arab regional organisations have been confronted with a series of challenges. These included: finding new ins...
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The introduction of ‘new modes of governance’ in the European Union is presented by EU institutions and academics as a tool to circumvent non-compliance with hard law. While hard law regularly triggers attitudes of non-compliance, ‘new modes of governance’ are thought to push actors to reach objectives through a learning process leading to the tran...
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Peut-on expliquer la propension de la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne (CJUE) à l’activisme dans les années 1960 et 1970, la tendance à la retenue dans les années 1980 et 1990 et un nouvelle période d’activisme sectoriel recente par les caractéristiques de ses membres, qu’ils soient juges ou avocats généraux ? Quels sont les facteurs détermina...
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The introduction of 'new modes of governance' in the European Union is presented by EU institutions and academics as a tool to circumvent non-compliance with hard law. While hard law regularly triggers attitudes of non-compliance, 'new modes of governance' are thought to push actors to reach objectives through a learning process leading to the tran...
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This contribution aims at questioning the explanatory capacity of sociological approaches to European integration in times of crisis. Its main argument is that in times of turmoil - perceived or real - analysis of actors' strategies and cognitive frames is crucial for understanding the emergence of solutions proposed to remedy the problem. Starting...
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Why continue editing Politique européenne? Why should we continue publishing a journal dealing with European policies and politics? Why, in particular, should we do so in French? How to combine a belief in open access to research results with a sustainable economic model that allows for producing the journal? How to respond to the crucial objective...
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The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is usually seen as a sui generis policy, due to its intergovernmental nature. Challenging this view, we argue that CFSP is a policy like any other and therefore can be analysed by approaches used to study EU public policy more generally. We consider CFSP as a policy producing norms just as any othe...
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The aim of this article is to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of Europeanisation studies when used to study periods of crisis. The conceptual consensus surrounding the definition of ‘Europeanisation’, understood as the impact of European integration at the domestic level (the so-called ‘top-down approach’), is put under pressure in a crisis si...
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The aim of this chapter is to study the change in participatory instruments in the European Union present since the Rome Treaties. Based on a longitudinal analysis, this chapter studies the reasons that led to the transformation of these instruments of participation. The argument put forward is that the change of instruments is not due to a purely...
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The European Court of Justice as a Core Element of European Governance The European Court of Justice has played a crucial role in the process of European integration. In this paper, the authors question the argument that after years of jurisprudential activism the Court might have begun an exercise of self-restraint since the 1992 Maastricht Treaty...
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In the process of the European integration, the role of the state seems again to have become stronger over the last fifteen years: oppositions against treaty reforms were carried by national public opinions, framed by state borders; decisions with regard to rescue packages were decided on the basis of governmental debates and included much less tha...
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This article provides a framework for analysing resistance to norms in the European Union. It argues on the one hand that the development of EU governance makes it necessary to systematically study resistances to EU norms beyond the current concentration on non-compliance with legal norms. On the other hand it develops a typology of the instruments...
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The aim of this contribution is to critically analyse the strengths and pitfalls of constructivist public policy approaches in European Union (EU) studies and to develop avenues for further research. Four conceptual frameworks are more specifically discussed: (1) sociological institutionalism; (2) discursive institutionalism; (3) approaches based o...
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Does professionalization vary across interest group type? Even though an empirical assessment of interest group professionalization is crucial to understand their potential for enhancing the democratic legitimacy of the European Union, little is known about the internal configuration of interest groups. Although some argue that professionalization...
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Over the last twenty years, Europeans seem to increas­ingly oppose European integration: protests against certain European policies, negative results on refer­enda, increased abstentions in elections to the European Parliament. Another form of resistance to European integration existed however since the 1950s: that of national administrations who i...
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This chapter examines the dynamics of Europeanization of interest groups and social movements in European Union member states. European integration has influenced interest groups and social movements since the beginning of the process in the 1950s. However, transformation has been induced by other elements such as globalization or the transformatio...

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Member States’ Preferences for Economic and Fiscal Integration: Which member states pushed for monetary, economic and fiscal integration, and why? What kind of economic and political integration model was advocated, and by which member state? How and to what extent did political economy interests drive member states’ preferences? How did international pressure and constitutional constraints influence governments’ preference formation?