Alexander Katsaitis’ research takes place at the intersection between public policy and political science, focusing on the interaction between policy-makers and organized interests, decision-making procedures, and transnational partisan linkages.
It aims to improve government policy-making through evidence-based recommendations in the areas of governance, transparency, and accountability; drawing from theories on institutional legitimacy, public administration, and deliberative democracy.
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).
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.