Bailer, Stefanie, Prof. Dr.

Stefanie Bailer

ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bailer
Assistant Professor for Global Governance
IFW D 28.1
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 632 75 95

Stefanie Bailer is Assistant Professor of Political Science (Global Governance) at ETH Zurich. Her main research interests lie in international relations (decision-making and negotiation analysis at the European and international level, e.g., in climate negotiations) and comparative politics (parliamentary affairs, in particular party group discipline).

She received her PhD on the power and success of governments in EU Council negotiations from the University of Konstanz in 2004 after having studied and carried out research at the Universities of Konstanz (D), Groningen (NL), and Michigan (USA). Before joining ETH, she worked as a lecturer for comparative politics at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Zurich. Her publications have appeared in European Union Politics, Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, and the Journal of Legislative Studies. She is also the author of "Nationale Interessen in der Europäischen Union. Macht und Erfolg im Ministerrat" (Campus:2006).

Currently, she is involved in the following research projects:

a) "Recruitment and Career Paths of German Parliamentarians", funded by the BMW Foundation, 2010-2012. In this project we investigate the typical career paths of German parliamentarians and whether these career tracks lead to different political careers in the Bundestag. The project is carried out in co-operation with Prof. Peter Selb (Universität Konstanz) and the "Studentenforum Tönissteiner Kreis e.V."

b) "Voting Behaviour in the Bundestag", funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, 2012-2014. In this project we gather all the existing roll call votes from the German Bundestag from 1949 - 2013 in order to analyse the influencing factors on party unity over time. The project is carried out in co-operation with Prof. Thomas Saalfeld (Universität Bamberg) and Dr. Ulrich Sieberer (Universität Konstanz).

c) “Negotiating Climate Change”, funded by the Swiss Network for International Relations, 2009 – 2011. The project investigates the power resources and the choice of bargaining strategies by member states in the current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations leading to the Post-Kyoto process. (in cooperation with Prof. Katja Michaelowa, University of Zurich)

d) “Party Group Discipline in Comparison”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2007-2009. This project aims to establish a measure for party group discipline and to investigate its determining factors in five European parliaments: the Swiss Nationalrat, the German Bundestag, the Dutch Tweede Kamer, the British House of Commons and the European Parliament.


Bailer, Stefanie and Florian Weiler (2015) “A Political Economy of Positions in Climate Change Negotiations: Economic, Structural, Domestic, and Strategic Explanations”, Review of International Organizations, Vol 10, No 1, p. 43-66, Link

Bailer, Stefanie, Mikko Mattila and Gerald Schneider (2015) "Money Makes the EU Go Round. The Objective Foundations of Conflict in the Council of Ministers", Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol 23, No 3, p. 437-456 Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2014) “An Agent Dependent on the Member States. Destroying the Myth of the Integrationist and Autonomous European Commission", Journal of European Integration,Vol. 36, No. 1, p. 36-53, Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2014) "Surveys and Interviews in the Study of Legislatures", in Martin, Shane, Thomas Saalfeld, and Kaare Strom:”Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies”, Oxford University Press

Bailer, Stefanie, Peter Meissner, Tamaki Ohmura, Peter Selb (2013): „Seiteneinsteiger im Deutschen Bundestag – eine Analyse über Karrierewege und ihre Auswirkungen“ [Career changers in the German Parliament – an Analysis of Career Paths and their Effects“], Springer VS Verlag Link

Bailer, Stefanie, Thilo Bodenstein and V. Finn Heinrich (2013) "Explaining the Strength of Civil Society: Evidence from Cross-sectional Data”, International Political Science Review, Vol 34, No 3 Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2012) "Bargaining Strategies in Climate Change Negotiations: Do Democracies Negotiate Differently?", Climate Policy, Vol 12, No 5, p. 534-551 Link

Schulz, Tobias and Stefanie Bailer (2012) „The impact of organisational characteristics on political participation: results of a multi-level survey from Switzerland”, Swiss Political Science Review, Vol 18, No 1, p. 1-27 Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2011) "Structural, Domestic, and Strategic Interests in the European Union", Negotiation Journal, October, p. 447-475 Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2011) “People's Voice or Information Pool? The Role of, and Reasons for, Parliamentary Questions in the Swiss Parliament”, Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol.17, No 3, p.302-314 Link_to_Questions_Article

Bailer, Stefanie (2010) "What Factors Determine Bargaining Power in the EU?”, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 17, No 5, p. 743-752, Link

Schneider, Gerald, Daniel Finke and Stefanie Bailer (2010) “Bargaining Power in the European Union. An Evaluation of Competing Game-theoretic models", Political Studies, Vol. 58, No 1, p. 85-103 Link

Bailer, Stefanie, Tobias Schulz and Peter Selb (2009) “What Role for the Whips? A Latent-Variable Approach to Leadership Effects on Party Group Cohesion in the European Parliament”, Jounal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 15, No. 4, p.355-378 Link_to_Whip_Article

Bailer, Stefanie, Robin Hertz, Dirk Leuffen (2009) "Oligarchization, Formalization, Adaptation? Linking Sociological Theory and EU Enlargement Research", Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 16, No.1, p.162 -174 Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2006) “The Dimensions of Power in the European Union”, Comparative European Politics, Vol. 4, No.4, p.355-378 Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2006): “Nationale Interessen in der Europäischen Union. Macht und Erfolg im Ministerrat“, Frankfurt/New York: Campus-Verlag Link

Bailer, Stefanie (2004):„ Bargaining Success in the European Union: The Impact of Exogenous and Endogenous Power Resources”, European Union Politics, Vol.5, No. 1, p.99-123 Link

Schneider, Gerald and Bailer, Stefanie (2002): “Mächtig, aber wenig einflußreich: Ursachen und Konsequenzen des deutschen Integrationsdilemmas”, Integration, Vol. 24, No.1, p.49-60

Bailer, Stefanie and Schneider, Gerald (2000): "The Power of Legislative Hot Air. Informal Rules and the Enlargement Debate in the European Parliament", Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol.6, Nr.2, pp. 19-44 Link

Other Activities

Stefanie Bailer is also interested in simulation decision-making and negotiation processes at the international level. Therefore, she founded a spin-off company "Eurosoc" together with colleagues from the University of Constance. Find out more at Eurosoc.


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