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August 14, 2012 - Call for applications

Full-time PhD researcher in political science (European politics)

The Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe is seeking to recruit a full-time PhD researcher in political science (European politics).

Project description

‘Negotiating in EU trialogue meetings: a double principal-agent analysis of the role of the Presidency and the rapporteur’
Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the ‘ordinary legislative procedure’ (OLP) has become the standard procedure for making most European legislation. Practice shows that the political dynamics of ‘(informal) trialogue meetings’, which are not foreseen in the Treaty, become increasingly important in the EU’s day-to-day legislative policy-making under the OLP. In such trialogue meetings, the rotating Presidency (representing the member states in the Council) and the rapporteur (representing the European Parliament) meet aiming to reach an agreement on the legislation.
The project aims to analyze the negotiation autonomy of the rotating Presidency of the Council and the rapporteur of the European Parliament in (informal) trialogue negotiations in the EU. Theoretically considering the relations between the Presidency and the Council and the relation between the rapporteur and the Parliament as principal-agent relations, the project intends to explain (a) the room for manoeuvre of the Presidency and the rapporteur; and (b) the influence from one principal-agent relation on the other.

Your opportunities
• You conduct research on legislative policy-making in the European Union, and more in particular on the negotiation behaviour and the negotiation autonomy of rotating Presidency of the Council and the rapporteur of the European Parliament in so-called ‘(informal) trialogue meetings’.
• Within a four-year time span, your academic research will result in the submission and defence of a PhD dissertation.
• You publish and hold presentations on the topic of your doctoral research.
• You become an enthusiastic member of the ‘Institut de sciences politiques Louvain-Europe’ research environment.

Your profile
• You have a master degree in political science, European studies or related fields (degree obtained in September 2012 at the latest) with high academic results.
• You have a clear interest in EU institutions and legislative policy-making in the EU.
• You have a strong command of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods (or the willingness to acquire it rapidly).
• You are motivated to take on the doctoral research in a creative way and to finish it within a four year period.
• You are ambitious to participate in national and international conferences, seminars and workshops.
• You have analytical capacities and strong presentation and writing skills.
• You have a good active knowledge of English for research purposes (writing and speaking) and you have a sufficient knowledge of French to work in a French-speaking environment.

The offer
• Employment as full-time doctoral researcher for 2 years, renewable for another 2 years after a positive evaluation.
• A reasonable working budget will be available.
• You will be working in a stimulating research environment.
• Starting is possible from 1 October 2012 onwards.

• Send the following 2 documents (in pdf) to Prof. Tom Delreux (tom.delreux@uclouvain.be):
- a letter of motivation,
- a CV (including detailed academic results, year by year).
• The deadline for applications is 14 August 2012.
• Interviews will be held in Louvain-la-Neuve in the last week of August.
• More information about the job description and about the content of the project can be obtained via Prof. Tom Delreux (tom.delreux@uclouvain.be).

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