Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Dionyssis is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck where he directs the MSc programme in European Politics & Policy. He holds degrees from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Athens), the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Hull. He is editor of Social Democracy and European Integration: The Politics of Preference Formation (Routledge, 2010) which reflects the work carried out during a Leverhulme-funded international collaborative project covering social democratic parties in the UK, Sweden, France, Germany and Greece.

Dionyssis’ research focuses on the politics of European integration both at the EU and the domestic level of government. He has particular interests in the institutional development and operation of the European Union (a political project partly built on internationalism), and the role of ideas and norms in political processes. He is currently working on the politics of emergency in Europe and its institutional consequences, especially the gradual move away from the ‘Community method’ as the central modus operandi of the EU, to the detriment of principles that include internationalism. He is also interested in European social democracy and its relationship to the evolving European Union, a project that some social democratic parties originally opposed partly on grounds of its presumed problematic relationship to their domestic achievements.