Alexander Katsaitis

Guest researcher
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Postal address P.O. Box 1143 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic Interests

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.


Tags: Organized Interests, Parliaments & Representation, Pluralism, Deliberative Democracy, European Union, Agencies


Following the Money: Exploring Business Financial Contributions to the European Union's Political Parties. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies (2020, Early View).

Deliberative layering: Explaining diverse interest mobilization across the European Parliament's Policy Cycle (with Wilhelm Lehmann & David Coen). Journal of Public Affairs (2020, Early View).

Legislative Efficiency & Political Inclusiveness: The Effect of Procedures on Interest Group Mobilization in the European Parliament (with David Coen). Journal of Legislative Studies 25 (2): 278-294.

Between cheap talk and epistocracy: The logic of interest group access in the European Parliament's committee hearings (with David Coen). Public Administration 97 (4): 754-769.

Parliamentary procedures & interest group mobilization: evidence from the European Parliament's committees (with David Coen). European University Institute Working Papers, 2017/ 16. 

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).

Institutional and Constitutional Aspects of Special Interest Representation (with David Coen). For European Parliament, Committee on Constitutional Affairs. Study (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.

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