• E-mailZuzana.Murdoch@uib.no
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Zuzana Murdoch is professor in Public Administration and leader of the research group "Political Organization and Multi Level Governance" at the University of Bergen in Norway. She works, among other things, on the legitimacy of international governance structures, socialization of (inter)national bureaucrats and lobbying in international organizations. Recent work also addresses public governance through complex collaborative networks, as well as questions related to organizational stigma.

Professor Murdoch has published extensively in journals including Organization Studies, Public Administration, Governance, Journal of European Public Policy, European Union Politics, European Journal of Political Research, and European Journal of International Relations. Her ORCID profile can be accessed here.

Main research fields: European Union Politics, Representative Bureaucracy, Socialization, Public Governance.

Selected main publications:

Murdoch, Z., Kassim, H., S. Connolly and B. Geys (2019), Socialization and Attitude Change in Intergovernmental Organizations: Evidence from a Two-wave Survey in the European Commission. European Journal of International Relations, forthcoming.

Murdoch, Z., S. Connolly and H. Kassim (2018), Administrative Legitimacy and the Democratic Deficit of the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy, 25(3), 389-408.

Murdoch, Z. (2015), Organisation Theory and the Study of EU Institutions: Lessons and Opportunities, Organization Studies, 36(12), 1675-1692.

Course development and teaching 

Zuzana Murdoch is responsible for developing and teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Organization Theory (AORG210), Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (AORG321 A & B; AORG323 A, as well as a state-of-the-art course in Political Organization and Multilevel Governance (AORG326). Previously, she also taught courses in EU foreign policy, the European Union Institutions and Politics, as well as Transnational Governance.

PhD Supervision

Professor Murdoch is currently co-supervisor for one PhD student, Nanna Lauritz Schönhage, who works at the Department of Applied Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). Her project studies how politicians' membership in, and attachment to, political parties affects the basic agency issues underlying political accountability in representative democracies.

Journal articles
  • Hollman, Michelle; Murdoch, Zuzana. 2018. Lobbying cycles in Brussels: Evidence from the rotating presidency of the Council of the European union. European Union Politics (EUP). 19: 597-616. doi: 10.1177/1465116518796306
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Connolly, Sara Jane; Kassim, Hussein. 2018. JEPP blog post: Administrative legitimacy and the democratic deficit of the European Union. JEPP Online.
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Connolly, Sara; Kassim, Hussein. 2018. Administrative legitimacy and the democratic deficit of the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy. 25: 389-408. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2016.1268193
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Kassim, Hussein; Connolly, Sara; Geys, Benny. 2018. Do international institutions matter? Socialization and international bureaucrats. European Journal of International Relations. 25: 852-877. doi: 10.1177/1354066118809156
  • Trondal, Jarle; Murdoch, Zuzana; Geys, Benny. 2018. How pre- and post-recruitment factors shape role perceptions of European Commission officials. Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions. 31: 85-101. doi: 10.1111/gove.12269
  • Kuehnhanss, Colin; Murdoch, Zuzana; Geys, Benny; Heyndels, Bruno. 2017. Identity, threat aversion, and civil servants’ policy preferences: Evidence from the European Parliament. Public Administration. 95: 1009-1025. doi: 10.1111/padm.12348
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Trondal, Jarle; Geys, Benny. 2016. Representative bureaucracy and seconded national government officials in the European Commission. Regulation & Governance. 10: 335-349. doi: 10.1111/rego.12089
  • Murdoch, Zuzana. 2015. Organization Theory and the Study of European Union Institutions: Lessons and Opportunities. Organization Studies. 36: 1675-1692. doi: 10.1177/0170840615585342
  • Trondal, Jarle; Murdoch, Zuzana; Geys, Benny. 2015. Representative Bureaucracy and the Role of Expertise in Politics. Politics and Governance. 3: 26-36. doi: 10.17645/pag.v3i1.65
  • Trondal, Jarle; Murdoch, Zuzana; Geys, Benny. 2015. National officials working for the Commission display a surprising amount of independence from their own governments. EUROPP.
  • Trondal, Jarle; Murdoch, Zuzana; Geys, Benny. 2015. On Trojan Horses and revolving doors: Assessing the autonomy of national officials in the European Commission. European Journal of Political Research. 54: 249-270. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12080
  • Trondal, Jarle; Murdoch, Zuzana; Geys, Benny. 2015. The Autonomy of National Officials in the European Commission. Politics and Policy journal blog. Published 2015-03-17.
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Geys, Benny. 2014. Institutional dynamics in international organisations: Lessons from the recruitment procedures of the European External Action Service. Organization Studies. 35: 1793-1811. doi: 10.1177/0170840614544558
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Trondal, Jarle; Gänzle, Stefan. 2014. Building foreign affairs capacity in the EU: The recruitment of member state officials to the European External Action Service (EEAS). Public Administration. 92: 71-86. doi: 10.1111/padm.12037
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Trondal, Jarle. 2013. Contracted Government: Unveiling the European Commission's Contracted Staff. West European Politics. 36: 1-21. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2013.742734
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Trondal, Jarle; Gänzle, Stefan. 2013. 'Making the Grade, Keeping the Gate': The recruitment of member-state diplomats to the European External Action Service (EEAS). DSEU Policy Papers.
  • Geys, Benny; Murdoch, Zuzana. 2012. Instrumental Calculation, Cognitive Role-Playing, or Both? Self-Perceptions of Seconded National Experts in the European Commission. Journal of European Public Policy. 19: 1357-1376. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2012.677186
  • Murdoch, Zuzana. 2012. Negotiating the European External Action Service (EEAS): Analyzing the External Effects of Internal (Dis)Agreement. Journal of Common Market Studies. 50: 1011-1027. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02285.x
  • Geys, Benny; Murdoch, Zuzana. 2010. Measuring the 'Bridging' versus 'Bonding' Nature of Social Networks: A Proposal for Integrating Existing Measures. Sociology. 44: 523-540. doi: 10.1177/0038038510362474
  • Geys, Benny; Murdoch, Zuzana. 2008. How to make head or tail of ‘bridging’ and ‘bonding’?: addressing the methodological ambiguity. British Journal of Sociology. 59: 435-454.
Reports and theses
  • Trondal, Jarle; Murdoch, Zuzana; Gänzle, Stefan. 2013. The Origins of Common Action Capacities. Observations on the recruitment of Member States’ diplomats and officials to the European External Action Service (EEAS). ARENA, Working Paper. 1. ARENA Centre for European Research, Oslo.
Book sections
  • Berg, Laila Margaret Nordstrand; Murdoch, Zuzana. 2019. Bureaucracy of Gender Equality: Europeanisation in Nordic Context? Kapittel 5. In:
    • Dørum, Knut. 2019. Nordic Gender Equality Policy in a Europeanisation Perspective. Routledge. 176 pages. ISBN: 9780367367459.
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Trondal, Jarle. 2015. The advance of a European executive order in foreign policy? Recruitment practices in the European External Action Service. Chapter 5, pages 105-122. In:
    • Spence, David; Batora, Jozef. 2015. The European External Action Service: European Diplomacy Post-Westphalia. Palgrave Macmillan. 456 pages. ISBN: 978-1137383020.
  • Murdoch, Zuzana; Trondal, Jarle. 2015. The temporary Commission bureaucrat. Chapter 11, pages 188-207. In:
    • Bauer, Michael W.; Trondal, Jarle. 2015. The Palgrave Handbook of the European Administrative System. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-33988-1.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Zuzana Murdoch is currently involved in three main research projects:

  • A first project addresses the measurement of, as well as mechanisms behind, socialization processes in (inter)national civil servants. This is joint work with Hussein Kassim (University of East Anglia), Sara Connolly (Norwich Business School) and Benny Geys (BI Norwegian Business School).
  • A second project - joint work with Magali Gravier (Copenhagen Business School) and Stefan Gänzle (University of Agder) - explores the recruitment, selection and human resources of regional organizations in the global South. At present, the project focuses predominantly on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
  • A third project - joint work with Gro Kvåle (University of Agder) - studies the social negotiation processes underlying the development and re-construction of organizational stigma.