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I am Ronny Patz, a political science post-doc at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich.

After some years focused on EU politics, in particular EU interest groups, transparency and secrecy in the EU, the European Commission as a bureaucracy, and also the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, my research since joining LMU Munich looked at budgeting and resource mobilization in the United Nations system.

My current research project on the financing and resource mobilization in international organizations involved in global refugee policy (e.g. UNHCR, IOM, UNRWA) is part of a larger DFG Research Unit studying International Public Administrations (IPAs).

Some results from this research are a special issue on “Resourcing International Organizations“, including the intro with a longer literature review, in Global Policy; a book chapter in the volume “International Bureaucracy” on budgeting administration and complex principals in WHO, UNESCO and ILO. A book with Oxford University Press on United Nations system budgeting processes and administration is in production.

My PhD thesis on “Information flows in the context of EU policy making” (2014) is accessible under a Creative Commons license (full text) and a short blog summary is here. You can also see follow-up research on leaking and leak prevention in the European Commission published in West European Politics and research on leaking and the TTIP leaks published in the European Journal of Risk Regulation.

On this blog:

When I started this blog in 2010 in the midst of writing my doctoral thesis, I called it Polscieu. Nobody knows how to pronounce it, but it’s actually quite easy: just say the three syllables Pol[itical]-Sci[ence]-EU.

The blog has been following my trajectory inside and outside academia since 2010 covering many things I have come across, from ongoing research to discussions in the EU’s online public sphere. In 2011, I was in a group of bloggers with official accreditation to cover selected EU Council meetings among the EU press corps. I was also one of the co-editors of the now defunct platform that for several years organised the EU-focused blogosphere which I was part of since 2008. It is now defunct, but available on See for example my presentation at the 2012 re:publica (Youtube, German).

On activism:

Before rejoining the academic world I worked in Brussels for the EU Office of Transparency International focussing on EU integrity issues (lobbying, freedom of information, party financing, EU budget transparency etc.) from July 2012 to May 2014. Among other things, I have been a project manager and co-author of the 1st “European Union Integrity System“  study (April 2014), which analyses the integrity, transparency and accountability of all core EU institutions as well as a number of relevant other EU bodies.

If you’d like to contact me, go for ronny dot patz [at] gsi dot uni minus muenchen dot de or get in touch on Twitter @ronpatz.

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