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Julia Fleischer

  • E-mailjulia.fleischer@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Christies gate 17
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

Academic interests

My key research interests are in the areas of studying politics and government, also from a comparative perspective. My current research is focused on three key themes:

  • the study of the structure and organisation of governments and their implications for decision-making in different contexts;
    I am principal investigator in a research project comparing Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (SOG-PRO, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under the ORA plus scheme).
  • the study of policy and organisational changes accomplished by political parties and governments;
    I am involved in a comparative project analysing such dynamics for the areas of climate change, migration, and the police (COCAL, funded by the Norwegian Research Council) and affiliated to a comparative project on organizing for societal security and crisis management (GOVCAP, funded by the Norwegian Research Council).
  • the study of executive-legislative relations and their effects for executive and legislative behaviour.


I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, I hold a master's degree (Diplom-Verwaltungswissenschaftlerin) from the University of Potsdam and a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) from the same institution. I have previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Political Science (tenure track) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), as a Senior Research Fellow at the German Research Institute of Public Administration (FÖV Speyer) and as a Research Fellow at the University of Potsdam.
I was a visiting researcher at the the University of Bergen and the Public Governance Institute in Leuven (Belgium), among others.

Courses taught (selection)

AORG 107 / EU and International Organisations

AORG 210 / Organisation Theory

AORG324 / Comparative Public Administration

Introduction into Public Administration

Public Administration in Policy Areas

The Governance of Risk

Institutions and Preferences in Western European Governments

Reforming German Federalism


Since August 2015, I am the coordinator of the PhD-programme at our institute.

Publications (selection)


Fleischer, Julia (2012): Policy Advice and Institutional Politics: A Comparative Analysis of Britain and Germany, Potsdam: Universitätsverlag.

Bach, Tobias/Fleischer, Julia/Hustedt, Thurid (2010): Bilanz eines Reformtrends: Agenturen und Verwaltungssteuerung im westeuropäischen Vergleich, Berlin: edition sigma.

Refereed journal articles and book chapters

Fleischer, Julia (2016): Patronage versus Political Control: Predictors of Bureaucratic Tenure in Germany. In: Acta Politica. (forthcoming)

Fleischer, Julia (2016): Accountability under Inquiry: Inquiry Committees After Internal Security Crises. In: Christensen, Tom/Lægreid, Per (Hrsg.): The Ashgate Research Companion to Accountability and Welfare State Reforms in Europe, Surrey: Ashgate.

Fleischer, Julia/Seyfried, Markus (2015): Drawing From the Bargaining Pool: Determinants of Ministerial Selection in Germany. In: Party Politics. 21(4), 503-514. doi: 10.1177/1354068813487108

Fleischer, Julia (2015): Organisierte Expertise und die Legitimation der Verwaltung: Sektorale und strukturpolitische Dynamiken der Gremienlandschaft auf Bundesebene. In: dms – der moderne staat, 8(2), 315-336.

Fleischer, Julia (2014): Coordination of Internal Security in Germany. In: Lægreid, Per/ Randma-Liiv, Tiina/Rykkja, Lise H./Sarapuu, Külli (eds.): Organizing for Coordination in the Public Sector. Practices and Lessons from 12 European Countries, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 163-172.

Fleischer, Julia (2013): Time and Crisis. In: Public Management Review, 15(3), 313-329. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2013.769852

Bach, Tobias/Fleischer, Julia (2012): Agency Governance and Parliamentary Accountability at EU Level. In: Busuioc, Madalina/Groenleer, Martijn/Trondal, Jarle (eds.): The Agency Phenomenon in the European Union: Emergence, Institutionalisation and Everyday Decision-Making, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 152-171.

Fleischer, Julia/Hustedt, Thurid (2012): Sectoral Dynamics in Executive Politics: Co-ordinating Climate Policy in Germany. In: Lodge, Martin/Wegrich, Kai (Hrsg.): Executive Politics in Times of Crisis, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 267-283.

Fleischer, Julia (2011): Steering From the German Centre: More Policy Coordination and Less Policy Initiatives. In: Dahlström, Carl/Peters, B. Guy/Pierre, Jon (Hrsg.): Steering From the Centre: Strengthening Political Control in Western Democracies, Toronto: Toronto University Press, 54-79.

Fleischer, Julia (2010): A Dual Centre? Executive Politics Under the Second Grand Coalition in Germany. In: German Politics, 19(3), 353-368. doi: 10.1080/09644008.2010.515779

Fleischer, Julia/Parrado, Salvador (2010): Power Distribution in Ambiguous Times: The Effects of the Financial Crisis on Executive Decision-making in Germany and Spain. In: dms – der moderne staat, 3(2), 361-376.

Fleischer, Julia (2009): Power Resources of Parliamentary Executives: Policy Advice in the UK and Germany. In: West European Politics, 32(1), 196-214. doi: 10.1080/01402380802509941

Non-refereed journal articles and book reviews

Hustedt, Thurid/Veit, Sylvia/Fleischer, Julia (2013): Politikberatung in Deutschland – zwischen Unabhängigkeit und politischer Steuerung. In: PSCA – Political Science Applied, 2, 15-18.

Fleischer, Julia (2013): Book review. Comparative Political Leadership by Ludger Helms, West European Politics, 36(4), 888-889.

Hustedt, Thurid/Veit, Sylvia/Fleischer, Julia (2010): Wissen ist Macht? Wissenschaftliche Politikberatung der Bundesregierung. In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 60(19), 15-21.

Non-refereed book chapters and working papers

Fleischer, Julia (2015): Der Bundestag als bürokratische Organisation. In: Döhler, Marian/ Franzke, Jochen/Wegrich, Kai (Hrsg.): Der gut organisierte Staat, Der gut organisierte Staat. Festschrift für Werner Jann zum 65. Geburtstag, Baden-Baden: edition sigma, 231-250.

Fleischer, Julia (2013): The Institutional and Human Capabilities of the German Federal Ministry of Finance, London: Overseas Development Institute.

Fleischer, Julia (2011): Das Bundeskanzleramt als Protagonist einer Institutionenpolitik? Institutionelle Strategien und exekutive Entscheidungsfindung. In: Bröchler, Stephan/von Blumental, Julia (eds.): Regierungszentralen im politischen Prozess, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 133-151.

Fleischer, Julia (2011): Das Primat der Richtlinienkompetenz in politischen Prozessen: Zur Bedeutung der Organisation des Bundeskanzleramtes. In: Florack, Martin/Grunden, Timo (eds.): Regierungszentralen: Führung, Steuerung und Koordination zwischen Formalität und Informalität, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 201-224.

Bach, Tobias/Fleischer, Julia/Hustedt, Thurid/Jann, Werner/Jantz, Bastian (2009): Opportunity and Feasibility of Establishing Common Support Services for EU Agencies, Brussels: European Parliament.

Bach, Tobias/Fleischer, Julia/Hustedt, Thurid/Jann, Werner (2008): Best Practice in Governance of Agencies – A Comparative Study in View of Identifying Best Practice for Governing Agencies Carrying out Activities on Behalf of the European Union, Brussels: European Parliament.

Fleischer, Julia (2007): Die europäischen Agenturen als Diener vieler Herren? Zur Steuerung und Rolle von EU-Agenturen. In: Jann, Werner/Döhler, Marian (eds.): Agencies in Westeuropa, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 212-252.

"Structure and Organisation of Governments" (SOG-PRO), 2014-2017,
funded by the ORA plus scheme (ANR, DFG, ESRC, NWO, NSF)

The SOG-PRO research project develops and applies a novel framework to systematically map and explain organizational changes within central government cross-nationally in four European parliamentary democracies, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, over the last three decades, the period following the initiation of NPM reforms in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in advanced economies. This project builds upon the most influential theory of the structure and organization of central governments, which is the “theory of the politics of structural choice”. We develop a comparative quantitative dataset of organizational changes within the central governments of these four countries for the period from 1980 to 2012. We also examine changes in the structure and organization of government across four selected policy areas in these countries. More information can be found here.

"Coordination, Capacity and Legitimacy: Organizing for Climate Change, Immigration, and the Police" (COCAL), 2016-2019,
funded by the Norwegian Research Council

The COCAL research projects studies the relevance of organizational capacity and governance legitimacy for coping with critical episodes and wicked policy issues. Organisational capacity encompasses the coordination of public resources, decision-making systems and governance tools; governance legitimacy refers to the perceptions, attitudes and trust relations of different actors towards such coordination arrangements. The project compares three policy areas, climage change, migration, and police, and contrasts Norway primarily with Sweden and other European countries in selected areas. More information can be found here.

"Governments, Academics, & Policy-Making" (GAP), 2015-2016

This projects replicates the survey of UK Senior Civil Servants (see here) for the German federal ministerial bureaucracy. The research aim is to study German senior officials' views on the accessibility and utility of academic research and expertise, thereby exploring the interactions between policy-makers and academia and what impact this has on policy-making.


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