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Aleksandra Maatsch

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Dr. hab. prof. UWr Aleksandra Maatsch

Chair of Social Sciences and Economics






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Aleksandra Maatsch holds the Chair in Social Sciences and Economics at the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, University of Wrocław. After completing her MA studies at the Central European University in Budapest (CEU), Aleksandra Maatsch acquired a PhD in political science from the University of Bremen in Germany (2011). Afterwards she worked at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPP-CSIC) in Madrid (2011-13), at the University of Cambridge (2013-14), Max Planck Institute in Cologne (2014-16), at the University of Cologne (where she held the interim Chair of European and Multilevel Politics) and at the Catholic University of Lille. In November 2020 Aleksandra Maatsch has been awarded a degree of dr. habil from the Technical University in Chemnitz, in December 2020 she became a professor of the University of Wrocław.

Aleksandra Maatsch specializes in interdisciplinary analysis of political, social and economic aspects of the European integration process, with a particular focus on Poland and Germany. The most recent research of Aleksandra Maatsch focuses on two research areas: coordination of budgetary and economic policies of the EU member states as well as the role of parliaments during the COVID-19 pandemic (Research project funded by the National Science Centre, NCN OPUS “Democracy in Pandemic Times”, PANDEMO). In the past Aleksandra Maatsch worked on national citizenship policies in EU member states and media analysis. In her publications she applies both quantitative and qualitative research methods (for instance discourse analysis) including the QCA method.

Journal articles

  • Cooper, I.; Maatsch, A. and Smith, J. (eds.) ‘Governance without Democracy? Analyzing the Role of Parliaments in European Economic Governance after the Crisis’, in: Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 73(4) – Special Issue.  
  • Maatsch, A. (2017) ‘Effectiveness of the European Semester: Explaining Domestic Consent and Contestation’, in: Parliamentary Affairs, vol. 73(4).
  • Maatsch, A. (2016) ‘Drivers of Political Parties’ Voting Behaviour in European Economic Governance: The Ultimate Decline of the Economic Cleavage?’ in: West European Politics, 39(4).  
  • Closa, C. and Maatsch, A. (2014) ‘In a spirit of solidarity? Justifying the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) in national parliamentary debates’, in:  Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 52(4).  
  • Maatsch, A. (2014) ‘Are we all austerians now? An analysis of national parliamentary parties’ positioning on anti-crisis measures in the eurozone’, in: Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 21(1).  


  • Maatsch, A. (2017) Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union: Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies? (London: Routledge).  
  • Maatsch, A. (2011) Ethnic Citizenship Regimes. Europeanisation, Post-War Migration and Redressing Past Wrongs (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

Aleksandra Maatsch is currently the Principal Investigator of the research project funded by the National Science Centre, NCN, entitled „Democracy in pandemic times: a decline or a new form of representative democracy?”, PANDEMO. Prior collaborative experience of Aleksandra Maatsch is based on participation in four international research projects and networks: (1) “Citizenship and constitutionalisation: transformations of the public sphere in the East and West European integration”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, (2) “Reconstituting Democracy in Europe” (RECON), a European 7th framework project directed by ARENA, (3) Observatory of Parliaments after the Lisbon Treaty (OPAL) and (4) Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADEMIA). Beyond that, Aleksandra Maatsch obtained individual funding from: VW Foundation, ESRC and Consejo Superior de Investigationes Científicas & Fondo Social Europeo (JAE-Doc).

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