Eva Krick

Affiliated researcher
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Visiting address Gaustadalléen 30A Floor UE 0373
Postal address P.O. Box 1143 0318 Oslo

Please see Eva Krick's personal website for a full account of her work.

Krick held a position as postdoctoral research fellow at ARENA from 2017 to 2020. She participates in ARENA’s research project ‘EUREX – Expertization of public inquiry commissions in a Europeanized administrative order’, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Academic interests

Eva Krick is a political scientist with a public policy and governance orientation and close links to political sociology and political theory.

Her main fields of academic interest include expertise and knowledge in the policy context, citizen participation and democratic legitimacy as well as consensus-building and collective decision-making. Her empirical regional focus is on Germany, the EU and Norway.

Eva Krick’s most recent research focuses on the relationship of expertise and democracy in contemporary policy-making. She currently works on her book ‘Expert knowledge and public participation in Europe’ that will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book develops institutional solutions to the tension between the need for epistemic authority and democratic legitimacy in the phase of policy development.


Prior to joining ARENA, Eva Krick was postdoctoral fellow at Humboldt University Berlin. She received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Darmstadt for a monograph-based study on consensual decision-making in policy advisory committees. She holds an MA degree in Modern European Studies from the University of North London and a Magister degree in European Studies from the University of Osnabrück. She received a postdoctoral research grant from the German Research Council and a doctoral research grant from Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. Eva Krick has been guest researcher at the Universities of Århus, Edinburgh, Oslo and Singapore. She is associate member of SKAPE, the Centre for science, knowledge and policy at the University of Edinburgh.


Tags: Democracy, Legitimacy, Expertise, European Union, Comparative Politics, Institutions, Political Theory, Interest Groups, Participation, Representation

Selected publications

Monographs, edited volumes and special issues

Krick, Eva (forthcoming 2021): Expertise and participation. Institutional design for policy development in Europe. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Krick, Eva and Meriluoto, Taina (eds.) (in preparation): The advent of the ‘lay expert’ in modern policy-making. Special Issue of Current Sociology.

Krick, Eva/Holst, Cathrine (eds.) (2019): Experts and Democratic Legitimacy: Tracing the social ties of expert bodies in Europe. London & New York: Routledge. The book was first published as Special Issue of European Politics and Society (20(1))

Krick, Eva and Holst, Cathrine (eds.) (2019): Between expertisation and a representative turn – The changing role of non-majoritarian institutions in Europe, Special issue of European Politics and Society 20(1).

Krick, Eva (2013). Verhandlungen im Konsensverfahren. Varianten kollektiver Entscheidung in Expertengremien [Negotiations under the rule of consensus. Variations of collective decision-making in expert committees]. Wiesbaden: VS.

Scientific articles and book chapters 

Krick, Eva (2021): ‘Dealing with the epistemic-democratic challenge in policy-deliberation. Institutional design choices for multi-layered democratic innovations’, Political Research Exchange (PRX). An ECPR journal 3(1), 1-31. DOI: 10.1080/2474736X.2021.1893608.

Krick, Eva/von Blumenthal, Julia (2021): ‘Koordination im Mehrebenensystem. Regieren im Spannungsfeld von Politikverflechung, Parteienwettbewerb und Verhandlungzwängen‘ [Coordination in a multi-level system. Governance under conditions of joint decision-making, compulsory negotiation and political competition], in: Karl-Rudolf Korte/Martin Florack (eds.): Handbuch Regierungsforschung [Handbook Governance and Public Policy], 2. Expanded and revised edition. Springer VS. DOI:10.1007/978-3-658-30074-6_43-1.

Krick, Eva and Holst, Cathrine (2021): ‘Governance by hybrid advisory committees: a hallmark of social democracy?’, in: Øivind Bratberg/Nik Brandal/Dag Einar Thorsen (Hrsg.): Social democracy in the 21st century (Comparative Social Research Vol. 35). Emerald Publishing, 113-130.

Krick, Eva/Gornitzka, Åse (2020): ‘Tracing scientisation in the EU Commission’s expert group system’, Innovation: European Journal of Social Science Research. DOI:10.1080/13511610.2020. 1811649.

Krick, Eva (2020): ‘Demokratisierung durch Partizipation? Die Mehrebenen-Beteiligung an der Endlagersuche in Deutschland‘ [Democratisation by means of public involvement? Multilevel participation in the search for a nuclear waste repository in Germany], Politische Vierteljahresschrift [online first]. DOI:10.1007/s11615-020-00287-7.

Krick, Eva/Christensen, Johan/Holst, Cathrine (2019): ‘Between ‘scientisation’ and a ‘participatory turn’. Tracing shifts in the governance of policy advice’, Science & Public Policy 46(6), 927-939.

Krick, Eva/Gornitzka, Åse (2019): ‘The governance of expertise production in the EU Commission’s ‘high level groups’. Tracing expertisation tendencies in the expert group system’, in: Marc Bevir/Ryan Philipps (eds.): Decentring European governance. London & New York: Routledge, 102-120.

Krick, Eva/Holst, Cathrine (2019): ‘The socio-political ties of expert bodies. How to reconcile the independence requirement of reliable expertise and the responsiveness requirement of democratic governance’, in: Eva Krick/Cathrine Holst (eds.): Between expertisation and a representative turn – The changing role of non-majoritarian institutions in Europe, Special issue of European Politics and Society 20(1), 117-131 (DOI:10.1080/23745118.2018.1515866).

Krick, Eva (2019): ‘Creating participatory expert bodies. How the targeted selection of policy advisers can bridge the epistemic-democratic divide’, in: Eva Krick/Cathrine Holst (eds.):  Between expertisation and a representative turn – The changing role of non-majoritarian institutions in Europe, Special issue of European Politics and Society 20(1), 101-116 (DOI:10.1080/23745118.2018.1515865).

Krick, Eva/Holst, Cathrine (2018). ‘Commitee Governance in Consensus Cultures: an Exploration of Best Practice Cases in Germany and Norway’, in: Fredrik Engelstad (ed.): Democracy and Institutional Change. De Gruyter.

Krick, Eva/Gornitzka, Åse (2018). ‘The Expertisation of Stakeholder Involvement in EU Policy Making’, in: Magdalena Góra, Marta Warat and Cathrine Holst (eds): Expertisation and Democracy in Europe. Routledge, 51-70.

Krick, Eva (2018). ‘The Epistemic Quality of Expertise. Contextualised Criteria for the Multi-Source, Negotiated Policy Advice of Stakeholder Fora’, in: Critical Policy Studies, 12(2), 209-226, DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2016.1258317.

Krick, Eva (2018). 'Ensuring Social Acceptance of the Energy Transition. The German Government's "Consensus Management" Strategy', in: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 20(1), 64-80 (DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2017.1319264).

Krick, Eva (2017). ‘The Myth of Effective Veto Power under the Rule of Consensus. Dynamics and Democratic Legitimacy of Collective Decision-Making by "Tacit Consent"', in: Stéphanie Novak og Philippe Urfalino (eds): New Approaches to Collective Decisions, Special Issue of Revue Négociations 27(1), 109-128.

Krick, Eva (2015). ‘Consensual Decision-Making without Voting: The Constitutive Mechanism, (Informal) Institutionalisation and Democratic Quality of the Collective Decision Rule of “Tacit Consent”’. ARENA Working Paper 3/2015, http://www.sv.uio.no/arena/english/research/publications/arena-working-papers/2015/wp3-15.html.

Krick, Eva (2015). ‘Negotiated Expertise in Policy-Making. How Governments use Hybrid Advisory Committees’, in: Science and Public Policy, 42(4), 487-500.

Krick, Eva (2014): ‘Partizipationspotentiale von Expertengremien. Der Trade-off zwischen Inklusion und Effektivität im Verhandlungsprozess‘ [Expert advisory committees as participatory instruments. Potentials and limitations regarding impact and inclusion), in: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 43(1), 7-22.

Krick, Eva (2014). ‘Je strenger desto besser? Lobbyismusregulierung in den USA und der EU‘ (The stricter the better? Regulating lobbying in the USA and the EU), in: Julia von Blumenthal/Thomas von Winter (ed.): Interessengruppen und Parlamente, 235-274.

Krick, Eva/von Blumenthal, Julia (2013). ‘Regieren in der Politikverflechtung. Parteienwettbewerb und Verhandlungen in Deutschland’ [Governing under conditions of joint decision-making. Party competition and negotiations in Germany], in: Karl-Rudolf Korte and Timo Grunden (eds): Handbuch Regierungsforschung. Wiesbaden: VS, 287-295.

Krick, Eva (2010). ‘Regieren mit Gipfeln – Expertengremien der großen Koalition‘ [Governing with summits – Expert advisory committees of the Grand Coalition], in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 20 (2), 233-264.

Krick, Eva/Benz, Arthur/Zimmer, Christina (2010). Grundstrukturen der Politik in der Europäischen Union [Politics of the European Union], Course 33202 (fully revised), Distance Learning University (Fernuniversität) Hagen.

Krick, Eva/Benz, Arthur (2007). Grundstrukturen der Politik in der Europäischen Union [Politics of the European Union], Course 33202, Distance Learning University (Fernuniversität) Hagen.

Krick, Eva (2006). ‘Politikberatung durch Expertengremien – Legitimation und Funktion der ‚Hartz’- und der ‚Rürup’-Kommission‘ [Policy advice by expert committees – The role an legitimacy of the ‘Hartz‘- and ‘Rürup’-Commissions], University of Osnabrück Working Paper 03/06, http://www.politik.uni-osnabrueck.de/wp/WP_3_06_Eva_Krick-Expertengremien.pdf.

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