Steffen Hurka

Steffen Hurka
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich | LMU · Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Dr.rer.soc.
Emmy Noether Research Group Leader

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Introduction
I am a political scientist based at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science at LMU Munich, Germany. My work mainly focuses on research questions related to comparative public policy (in particular morality policy) and legislative politics in the European Union. I am currently leading an Emmy Noether Research Group entitled "EUPLEX - Coping with Policy Complexity in the European Union".
Additional affiliations
April 2019 - present
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Position
  • Group Leader
Description
  • EUPLEX - Coping with Policy Complexity in the European Union
May 2015 - present
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Position
  • Professor
April 2014 - April 2015
Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
Position
  • Researcher
Education
July 2011 - May 2015
Universität Konstanz
Field of study
  • Politics and Public Administration
October 2008 - June 2011
Universität Konstanz
Field of study
  • Politics and Public Administration
October 2004 - March 2008
Universität Konstanz
Field of study
  • Politics and Public Administration

Publications

Publications (58)
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Despite its importance for the sustainability of democratic governance, policy complexity is still an understudied phenomenon. What makes policies complex? Why are some policies more complex than others? And what are the consequences of this complexity for the political, economic and societal level? These questions still lack answers, which is both...
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The vice and virtue of incrementalism have been the subject of a long-standing academic debate. This debate, however, lacks a dynamic perspective that analyzes how the transformation of politics-mainly in the form of increasing levels of political fragmentation within decision-making arenas and increasing complexity of policy-mixes-affects the role...
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We argue in this chapter that the overall empirical patterns of policy change are neither one of far-reaching policy change nor one of substantial policy dismantling and replacement. Rather, the most dominant development in policy outputs across policy sectors in advanced democracies is the constant, mostly irreversible accumulation of public polic...
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Regulations and directives are the central legal instruments used by the EU. In some instances, the Commission is not legally required to choose a specific legal instrument, but can make this decision autonomously. However, we know surprisingly little about the factors that influence this decision. Based on an original dataset of all directives and...
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The standing committees of the European Parliament perform crucial policy-making functions and, accordingly, the question of how they are composed assumes great relevance. Unlike previous studies, which primarily looked at committee assignments from the perspective of individual MEPs, we assess the representativeness of entire committees by compari...
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Dieses Kapitel analysiert die Verteilung politischer Präferenzen in den Ausschüssen des neu gewählten Europäischen Parlaments auf den Konfliktachsen Links/Rechts und Pro/Anti EU. Auf Grundlage der Daten zu nationalen Parteipositionen aus dem Chapel Hill Expert Survey gleichen wir die Präferenzverteilungen der Ausschüsse mit jenen des Plenums ab und...
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In this article, we analyze dynamics of policy change from the perspective of Punctuated Equilibrium Theory (PET). In particular, we investigate how economic crises impact on patterns of policy change in policy areas that vary in terms of their proximity to economic matters: social, environmental, and morality policy. We make two contributions. Fir...
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This article investigates the impact of policy complexity on the duration of legislative negotiations in the European Union employing survival analysis. We conceptualize policy complexity as a three-dimensional construct encompassing structural, linguistic and relational components. Building on this conceptual framework, we measure the complexity o...
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The lack of effective vertical policy coordination between the policy makers at the “top” and the implementers at the “bottom” is an important source of deficits in both policy design and policy implementation. Yet while the link between policy production and implementation seems vital to explain and prevent policy failure, so far the conceptual to...
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Cambridge Core - Political Economy - Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam
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The responsiveness to societal demands is both the key virtue and the key problem of modern democracies. On the one hand, responsiveness is a central cornerstone of democratic legitimacy. On the other hand, responsiveness inevitably entails policy accumulation. While policy accumulation often positively reflects modernisation and human progress, it...
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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Policy Accumulation and the Democratic Responsiveness Trap - by Christian Adam April 2019
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The European Parliament organizes its legislative activities along two chains of delegation to the rapporteurs – one institutional, one partisan. We analyze discretion and agency loss along these chains of delegation from the perspective of party group coordinators who select the rapporteur on behalf of the party group. Do coordinators minimize age...
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In this contribution, we evaluate the effectiveness of firearm regulations in curbing the number of homicides and suicides committed both with and without firearms. We develop a gun control index that enables us to compare the restrictiveness of firearm regulations across time and space. We model the effects of gun control on figures of (gun) homic...
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In recent years, several national parliaments have introduced stricter rules for the disclosure of additional sources of income earned by their legislators. In this context of better data availability, the phenomenon of ‘moonlighting’ politicians (legislators who pursue paid or unpaid jobs next to their political mandate) has attracted increased pu...
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The most prominent theory accounting for variation of morality politics across Western Europe is the so-called Two Worlds framework. According to this approach, the presence or absence of a secular‒religious cleavage in national party systems strongly affects the degree of conflict intensity and the framing of morality policy issues. This article s...
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In this article, we examine the static and dynamic factors that explain the use of the Twitter social media platform by all active Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) during the Fall and Winter of 2015–2016. Our analysis demonstrates that MEPs have an incentive to take to Twitter that varies across the European Parliament (EPs) highly segment...
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Current comparative policy research gives no clear answer to the question of whether partisan politics in general or the partisan composition of governments in particular matter for different morality policy outputs across countries and over time. This article addresses this desideratum by employing a new encompassing dataset that captures the regu...
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While the causes of rampage violence have been analysed thoroughly in diverse academic disciplines, we hardly know anything about the factors that affect their consequences for public policy. This book addresses rampage shootings in Western Europe and their conditional impact on politicization and policy change in the area of gun control. The auth...
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Moonlighting, the pursuit of (paid or unpaid) sideline jobs by democratically elected politicians, regularly evokes public outcry. This study provides an empirical test of the claim that moonlighting goes hand-in-hand with a lower degree of parliamentary effort. The article draws upon original data on the number of outside jobs and the remuneration...
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Comparative research crucially depends on the availability of meaningful descriptive concepts capturing the essence of empirical phenomena. In policy analysis, the portfolio of classical concepts describing policy contents and procedures remains unmatched by a similar pool of concepts available for describing patterns of regulatory outputs. Startin...
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We analyze morality policy change from the perspective of punctuated equilibrium theory (PET) to test whether reform dynamics in this policy sector follow a distinct pattern. First, we propose a new measurement scheme capturing changes in the intensity of morality policy output. Second, we demonstrate that morality policy change is strongly punctua...
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In recent decades, the regulation of pornography has been confronted with challenges emerging from cultural change, economic interests, and technological progress. As a result, the respective regulatory frameworks have changed substantially in many countries. These changes have been accompanied by fierce political struggles and societal value confl...
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In the European Parliament, a ‘rapporteur’ is an MEP appointed to oversee the drafting and presentation of reports. This role is highly important in the Parliament, with rapporteurs being elected to the position by their fellow MEPs. But does the distribution of these appointments favour certain states over others? Steffen Hurka, Michael Kaeding an...
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This article investigates the determinants of assignments to European Parliament negotiating teams comprising both rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs. We re-examine the argument that under-representation of MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) from new Member States on these key posts after enlargement might have been due to a 'learning phase'...
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In diesem Kapitel werden die Mehrheitsverhältnisse im neu gewählten Europäischen Parlament vorgestellt und systematisch untersucht. Die Analyse bezieht sich dabei sowohl auf die Abstimmungsmacht der europäischen Parteigruppen im Plenum, als auch auf die Abstimmungsmacht nationaler Parteien innerhalb ihrer jeweiligen Parteigruppe. Zur Anwendung komm...
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On the Road to Permissiveness? seeks to describe and explain how European countries have been resolving political issues that involve conflicts of fundamental values. Specifically, these political issues include the regulation of abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, prostitution, pornography, cannabis, sports betting, and handguns. The book addres...
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This study tests three hypotheses on factors driving the success and failure of amendments in the European Parliament’s ENVI committee. The hypotheses, which are derived from different theories of legislative organization, are tested with an original dataset containing 550 amendments from 55 ENVI members. Contrary to existing empirical evidence on...
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In this contribution, we comparatively analyse the discourse networks generated by three shooting rampages. We formulate hypotheses on the extent to which (a) the framing cohesion of the status quo coalition and (b) the perceived causal complexity of the event are associated with varying degrees of subsequent gun policy change. Drawing on news repo...
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This article identifies factors that have influenced the chances for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to become rapporteurs in the European Parliament after the 2004 eastern enlargement. More specifically, it answers the question of how the MEPs from the new member states were integrated into the report allocation process under different l...
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This article seeks to identify factors that influence the chances of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) becoming rapporteurs. More specifically, it attempts to answer the question of how MEPs from the accession countries were integrated into the report allocation process, which is crucial for EU legislative decision-making. Drawing on extend...

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Projects (6)
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Since its inception, the EU has been proliferating new policies at a rate unthinkable in earlier periods of time. Today, the complexity of secondary law that permeates Europe not only implies enormous managerial challenges for those in power and their bureaucracies, but also involves significant cognitive burdens on the public. However, while the idea that EU policies vary strongly in terms of their complexity is hardly controversial among practitioners and scholars of European Integration, we know only very little about the origins and consequences of the phenomenon, let alone how to measure it properly. Building on existing descriptive approaches in legal scholarship, EUPLEX explores the structure, language and interdependence of the legal provisions that can be found in policy proposals and existing EU legislation. In addition, the project also captures and analyzes the complexity of policy content using computer-assisted coding strategies. Based on this empirical approach, EUPLEX aims to develop a complexity score that enables comparisons of policy complexity both across different pieces of EU legislation and within a policy proposal as it changes during the legislative negotiations. The objectives of EUPLEX are thus threefold: First, the project aims to develop a measurement for policy complexity and apply this measurement to policy proposals issued by the Commission, positions of the EP and the Council, as well as the respective final legislative acts. Secondly, the project aims to unravel the various origins of policy complexity and investigate the extent to which it is driven by functional, institutional or political factors. Finally, EUPLEX will examine the consequences of policy complexity for EU decision-making, the internal organization of EU institutions, as well as transposition and implementation.
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The complexity of its laws and regulations has repeatedly been identified as one of the key challenges facing the European Union (EU). Both among EU scholars and practitioners, it is well recognized that the complexity of EU law not only implies enormous managerial challenges for those in power and their bureaucracies, but also involves significant cognitive burdens on the public. Yet, how can we distinguish rather simple from more complex policy content empirically? How can we explain variance of policy complexity across issue areas and time? And how does this complexity matter for political processes in the EU and the Member States? The Emmy Noether Research Group "EUPLEX - Coping with Policy Complexity in the European Union" addresses these important questions.