Alexander Katsaitis’ research aims to improve government policy making, specifically in the areas of governance, transparency and accountability. Drawing primarily from theories on institutional legitimacy, access and politicisation, he examines interest group activity in the European Union (EU) vis-a-vis its democratic credentials. Alex is interested in mixed methods research. Recent work includes an extensive study of lobbying in the European Parliament (with David Coen).
Alexander holds a PhD in Political Science and an MSc in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy at University College London. Before joining ARENA, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence. He has taught a range of courses on public policy at the graduate level on topics such as public policy economics & analysis, EU public policy, Europeanization & the nation state.
Alexander currently works on a postdoctoral project titled ‘The European Parliament as a (de-) legitimising force of EU financial authorities?’. This work is part of ARENA’s ‘Democracy and expert rule: the quest for reflexive legitimacy’ (REFLEX). Alex is also involved in other international collaborations.
EU Democratic Deficit(s) and Legitimacy; System vs. Sub-System Level”. In K. Demetriou (ed.) The European Union in Crisis: Explorations in Representation and Democratic Legitimacy. Springer Verlag (2015). Online ISBN 978-3-319-08774-0
Institutional and Constitutional Aspects of Special Interest Representation (with David Coen). For European Parliament, Committee on Constitutional Affairs. Study (2015). http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2015/519229/IPOL_STU(2015)519229_EN.pdf
Chameleon Pluralism in the EU: an empirical study of the European Commission interest group density and diversity across policy domains (with David Coen). In Journal of European Public Policy, 20 (8): 1104-1119 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2013.781785