Prof. Dr. Eva Heidbreder

Chair Multilevel Governance in Europe

Prof. Dr. Eva G. Heidbreder

Faculty of Humanities
Institute II - Department of Political Science
Zschokkestr. 32, 39104 Magdeburg, G40-305
Sprechzeiten: Di 14-15 Uhr + Do 9:30-11 Uhr nach vorheriger Anmeldung per E-Mail.

Dr. Eva Heidbreder is professor for Multilevel Governance In Europe at the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg. Since 2022, she holds a Jean Monnet Chair, granted by the European Union. Previous positions include a junior professorship at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf where she also completed her Habilitation. She held visiting professorships at the University of Konstanz, the Humboldt University as well as the Free University Berlin. After completing her PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. She held post-doc positions at the Free University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She completed a MA in Modern European Studies at the University of North London, a Magister in European Studies at the University of Osnabrück, as well as a post-graduate diploma in the same field at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. 

Her research focus circles around effective and legitimate governance in the EU. Taking a public policy / public administrative research angle, research topics include the horizontal implementation networks in EU policy-making and administration, civil society involvement, and major political processes such as the Brexit and electoral dynamics. Current projects include EU-policy coordination in the member states, the sub-national EU-policy-making in the German Länder, and constituent politics in the EU's policymaking and institutional order. She is co-speaker of various sections or working groups in national and international professional organisations, currently for the RC on Comparative Public Policy of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Previously, she served as speaker for the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and the German Association for Political Science (DVPW, member of the executive board). Prof. Dr. Eva Heidbreder was Scholar in Residence 2023, appointed by the the Stiftung Europa-Kolleg-Hamburg and the Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation in 2023. In February 2024, she was fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. 
Prof. Dr. Eva Heidbreder is director of the BA and MA European Studies at the OVGU. She gives regular lectures in Germany and abroad to promote the wider field of political education and dialogue and is engaged in third-mission activities, amongst others as speaker of the Evangelischer Hochschulbeirat Magdeburg. She regularly serves as expert for political bodies such as the regional governments, the Länder Parliaments or the Bundestag/Bundesrat.  



Since April 2017



W3 Professorship in Political Science and Governance in the European Multilevel System

           | Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg (D)


Academic Experience


Oct. 2012-Mar 2017

W1 Professor of Political Science and European Integration

            | Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf (D)

Oct. 2016-Mar 2017

Visiting Professor (W3) of European Integration (on leave from HHU)

            | Freie Universität Berlin, substitute for Prof. Börzel

April-October 2012

Visiting Professor (W3) of Policy and Administration

            | Universität Konstanz (D), substitute for Prof. W. Seibel

April-October 2011

Visiting Professor (W2) of European Integration

            |   Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (D)

Feb. 2010-Oct. 2012

(beurlaubt SS 2011/12)

Postdoctoral Researcher

            | Hertie School of Governance (D)

Oct. 2009-Feb.2010

Research Assistant

            | Freie Universität Berlin (D)

Oct. 2008-Okt. 2009

Postdoctoral Fellowship

            | Kolleg-Forschergruppe, Freie Universität Berlin (D)

Sep. 2006-April 2009

Assistant, Giuliano Amato (Action Committee for Europ. Democracy)

            | Robert-Schuman Centre am EUI, Florenz (IT)

October 2009

Visiting Lecturer (MA-Coursein EU Studies)

            | Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (FR)

February-March 2008

Lecturer (MA-Course in EU Studies)

            | Universität Osnabrück (D)

October 2009

Visiting Lecturer (MA-Course in EU Studies)

            | Universiteit Antwerpen (B)






Habilitation, Venia Legendi for Political Science

            | Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf (D)


PhD in Political Science

            | Europäisches Hochschulinstitut, Florenz (IT)


Postgraduate Diploma‚ European Integration

            | Institut für höhere Studien, Wien (AT)


Magristra Rerum Europae

            | Universität Osnabrück (D)


Master of Arts in European Studies

            | University of North London (UK)



Higher Education Qualification Gymnasium Augustinianum, Greven  

            Hoërskool Wesfalia, Klerksdorp (South Africa, Exchange Student)


Professional Experience


March-July 2002

European Institute of Public Administration

            | Maastricht (NL) – Scientific Advisor

February-March 1999

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

            | Bonn (D) – Maghreb Referat

August 1998

Makarere University, Human Rights and Peace Centre

            | Kampala (Uganda) – Research Assistant

February-March 1998

Franco-German Cultural Centre

            | Nantes (FR) – Cultural Management





Habilitation Prize of the Friends and Sponsors of the HHU

            | best Habilitation 2016, Düsseldorf


DFG Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

            | Visiting Professor, FU Berlin  


DAAD-Study Abroad Scholarship

            | Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)



            | Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)


Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

            | Scholarship


Society Memberships



German Political Science Association

            |   Co-spokesperson for the Integration Working Group


International Political Science Association

            | Member of Boards RC 30 (Comparative Public Policy)


European Group for Public Administration

            | Member of the Board: Permanent Study Group
              EU Administration and Multilevel Governance


Hertie School of Governance

Villa Vigoni

Member Villa Vigoni

            | German-Italian Center





FWO - Fund Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

Third-party funding from the Research Foundation - Flanders


Academic Foundation of the german people

PhD funding


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Scholarship and research funding

Journals (selection)  

Europe Asia Studies - EAS


European Political Science Review - ESPR


International Review of Administrative Science - IRAS




International Review of Administrative Sciences - IRAS


Journal of European Public Policy - JEPP


Public Administration - PA


Policy and Politics - P&P


Scandinavian Political Studies - SPS






German (Native)

English (fluent)


Italian (fluent, Celi5)

French (very good)


Afrikaans (basic)

Dutch (basic)



31.12.2017 - go to the current Version

Monograph / Monographie


 Reviewed in:

West European Politics

Gwiazda, A. (2012) 'The Impact of Expansion on European Union Institutions: The Eastern Touch on Brussels'. West European Politics Vol. 35: 4, S. 941-41.

Public Administration

Haughton, T. (2012) 'Book Review: The Impact of Expansion on European Union Institutions: The Eastern Touch on Brussels'. Public Administration Vol. 90: 3, S. 833-34.

The Slavonic and Eastern European Review

Hanley, S. a. (2012) 'Review: The Impact of Expansion on European Union Institutions: The Eastern Touch on Brussels by Heidbreder, Eva G.'. The Slavonic and East European Review Vol. 90: 4, S. 793-95.



 Edited Volumes / Herausgeberschaften




Journal Articles (double-blind peer reviewed) / Fachzeitschriften mit anonymisiertem Gutachterverfahren


  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2017) 'Adrienne Héritier’s Contribution to Public Policy, Institutional Formation, and Multilevel Policy-Making – Or “How to Get it to the People?"'. International Journal for Public Administration.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2017) 'Strategies in Multilevel Policy Implementation: Moving Beyond the Limited Focus on Compliance'. Journal of Europan Public Policy Vol. 24: 9, pp. 1367-84.
  • Hartlapp, M. and Heidbreder, E. G. (2017) 'Mending the Hole in Multilevel Implementation: Administrative Cooperation Related to Worker Mobility '. Governance Vol. 00, pp. 1-17.
  • Brandsma, G. J., Heidbreder, E. G. and Mastenbroek, E. (2016a) 'Accountability in the Post-Lisbon European Union'. International Review of Administrative Sciences Vol. 82: 4, pp. 621-37.
  • Brandsma, G. J., Heidbreder, E. G. and Mastenbroek, E. (2016b) 'Imputabilité dans L'Union européenne post-Lisbonne'. Revue Internationale des Sciences Administratives Vol. 82: 4, pp. 657-73.
  • Heidbreder, E.G. (2015) 'Multilevel Policy-Enforcement: Innovations in How to Administer Liberalized Global Markets'. Public Administration Vol. 93: 4, S. 940-955.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2015) 'Governance in the European Union: A Policy Analysis of the Attempts to Raise Legitimacy through Civil Society Participation'. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice. Vol. 17: 4, S. 359-377.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2014) 'Why Widening Makes Deepening: Unintended Policy Extension Through Polity Expansion'. Journal of European Public Policy Vol. 21: 5, S. 746-60.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2014) 'Kehrtwende in der Koordinierung europäischer Politikumsetzung: Horizontale Kapazitätsbündelung statt vertikaler Kompetenzverlagerung'. Der Moderne Staat Vol. 7: 1, S. 37-54.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2013) 'EU Governance in the Shadow of Contradicting Ideas: The Decoupling of Policy Ideas and Policy Instruments'. European Political Science Review
    Vol. 5: 1, S. 133-50.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2012) 'Civil Society Participation in EU Governance'. Living Review on  European Governance Vol. 7: 2 (last accessed 12 December 2014) <>.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2011) 'Structuring the European Administrative Space: Policy Instruments of Multi-level Administration'. Journal of European Public Policy Vol. 18: 5, S. 709–26.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2004) 'Minderheitenschutz in der neuen EU: Beitrittskriterien nach dem Beitritt'. Osteuropa Vol. 54: Mai/Juni Die Einigung Europas: Zugkraft und Kraftakt, S. 473-83.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. and Hofer, S. D. (2004) 'Neue Impulse für die Politikwissenschaft in Österreich: Erfolgreiche Graduiertenkonferenz bietet Anstoß für weitere Initiativen'. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft Vol. 33: 4, S. 227-32.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. and Carrasco, L. (2003) 'Assessing the Assessment: A Review on the Application Criterion Minority Protection by the European Commission'.  EIPA Working Paper: 03/W/04. <> (Accessed on: 26 November 2003).



Journal Articles (non peer reviewed) / Fachzeitschriften ohne anonymisiertes Gutachterverfahren

  • Heidbreder, E. G., Feller, J. und Frieß, D. (2013) 'Demokratisierung durch Partizipation? Empirische Ergebnisse und neue Fragestellungen zivilgesellschaftlicher Beteiligung jenseits des Staates'. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft: Juli. S. 605-626.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2012) 'When  Widening  Makes  Deepening'. EUSA Review Vol. 25: 2., S. 3.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2009) 'Structuring the European Administrative Space: Channels of EU Penetration and Mechanisms of National Change'. KFG Working Paper: 05.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2003) 'Grundrechte für Europa. Die Europäische Union nach Nizza (Duschanek, Alfred/Stefan Griller, Hg.) - Rezension'. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft Vol. 32: 3, S. 361.



Contributions to edited volumes (peer reviewed) / Sammelbände mit anonymisiertem Gutachterverfahren


  • Börzel, T. and Heidbreder, E. G. (2017) 'Enforcement and Compliance'. In: Harlow, C., Leino-Sandberg, P. and della Cananea, G. (eds.) Research Handbook on EU Administrative Law (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar), pp. 241-62.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. and Brandsma, G. J. (2017) 'The EU Policy Process'. In: Ongaro, E. and van Thiel, S. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe (London: Palgrave).
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2015) 'Administrative Capacities in the EU: Consequences of Multilevel Policy-Making'. In: Lodge, M. and Wegrich, K. (eds.) Governance Capacities of the Contemporary State (Oxford: Oxford University Press), S. 218-27.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2014) 'Regulating Capacity Building by Stealth: Pattern and Extent of EU Involvement in Public Administration'. In: Genschel, P. and Jachtenfuchs, M. (eds.) Beyond the regulatory polity (Oxford: Oxford University Press), S. 145-65.



Contribution to edited volumes (non peer reviewed) / Sammelbände ohne anonymisiertes Gutachterverfahren


  • Börzel, T. and Heidbreder, E.G. (2016, in print) 'Enforcement'. In: Harlow, C., Leino-Sandberg, P. and della Cananea, G. (eds.) Research Handbook on EU Administrative Law (Chaltenham: Edward Elgar).
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2015) 'Governance Capacities in the European Union: Normative Goals and Empirical Success '. In: Capano, G., Howlett, M. and Ramesh, M. (eds.) Re-thinking Governance in Public Policy: Dynamics, Strategy and Capacities (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2015) 'Horizontal Capacity Pooling: Direct, Decentralised, Joint Policy Execution'. In: Bauer, M. W. and Trondal, J. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of the European Administratve System (Houndmills: Palgrave), S. 369-82.
  • Heidbreder, Eva G. mit Auracher, Jelena (2015): „Die Europawahl 2014 als Weichenstellung für die Politisierung der EU: Die Rolle der Spitzenkandidaten im institutionellen Wettstreit“. In: Michael Kaeding, Niko Switek (Hrsg.): Die Europawahl 2014 (Wiesbaden: Springer VS), S. 223-232.
  • Dreyer, D., Gödde, A. und Heidbreder, E. G. (2015) 'Einleitung: Ein soziales Europa
    ist möglich'. In: von Alemann, U., Heidbreder, E. G., Hummel, H., Dreyer, D. und Gödde, A. (eds.) Ein Soziales Europa ist möglich: Grundlagen und Handlungsoptionen (Wiesbaden: Springer VS), S. 17-22.
  • von Alemann, U., Heidbreder, E. G., Hummel, H., Dreyer, D. und Gödde, A. (2015) 'Fazit: Optionen für ein soziales Europa'. In: von Alemann, U., Heidbreder, E. G., Hummel, H., Dreyer, D. und Gödde, A. (eds.) Ein Soziales Europa ist möglich: Grundlagen und Handlungsoptionen (Wiesbaden: Springer VS), S. 357-63.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2014) 'Multilevel Elements of EU Migration Policy: A Research Note'.  Knowledge for Integration Governance (KING): Desk Research Paper. <> (Letzter Aufruf: 16. Januar 2016).
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2014) 'When Multiple Levels Meet Migration: The specific challenges of a EU Immigration regime'.  Knowledge for Integration Governance (KING): Desk Research Paper. <> Letzter Aufruf: 16. Januar 2016).
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2013) 'Why Money Can't Buy Democracy: On the Detachment of the Euro from EU Citizenship'. In: Moro, G. (ed.) The Single Currency and European Citizenship: Unveiling the Other Side of The Coin (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing), S. 123-36.
  • von Alemann, U., Dreyer, D., Heidbreder, E. G. und Hummel, H. (2013) 'Erfolge und Stolpersteine auf dem Weg zum sozialen Europa'. In: Stratenschulte, E. D. und Müller, B. (Hrsg.) Der europäische Nachbar: Deutschland und die Niederlande im Diskurs (Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag), S. 33-41.
  • Börzel, T. A. and Heidbreder, E. G. (2011) 'Conditionality'. In: Badie, B., Berg-Schlosser, D. and Morlino, L. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE).
  • Howlett, M., Rayner, J., Goehler, D., Heidbreder, E., Perron-Welch, F., Rukundo, O., Verkooijen, P. and Wildburger, P. (2010) 'Overcoming the Challenges of to Integration: Embracing Complexity in Forest Policy Design Through Multi-level Governance'. In: Rayner, J., Buck, A. and Katila, P. (eds.) Embracing Complexity: Meeting the Challenges of International Forest Governance (International Union of Forest Research Organizations: World Series Vol. 28), S. 93-110.
  • Heidbreder, E. G. (2004) 'Die Kommission und die Kopenhagener Kriterien: Erweiterte Handlungskapazität jenseits des Beitritts'. In: Bauer, P. und Voelzkow, H. (eds.) Die Europäische Union – Marionette oder Regisseur? (Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften), S. 237-56.




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