Michaël TATHAM (PhD, EUI; MPhil, Oxon)
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From 2006 till 2010, he was a full-time researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence (Italy) where his PhD work was supervised by Professors Adrienne Héritier and Michael Keating and funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-9) and the French Ministry of Education and Research (2009-10).
He had previously studied Political Science in three other European countries. First at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (2000-4), where his work was supervised by Dr. Bruno Cautrès. Then in Germany at the Politik- und Verwaltungswissenschaft department at the Universität Konstanz (2003-4). Finally, he studied European Politics & Society at the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Oxford (2004-6) where his work was supervised by Professor Jan Zielonka.
furthered his methodological training by attending two ECPR summer schools: the Essex
Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis (July 2007) and
the Ljubljana Summer School in
Methods and Techniques (August 2008). He also attended the first EITM Europe Summer Institute held in
2010: Doctor of Political and Social Sciences (PhD, European University Institute)
2007: Master of Research in Political and Social Sciences (M.Res, European University Institute)
2006: Master of Philosophy in European Politics and Society (MPhil, University of Oxford)
2004: Diploma in Political Science (Service Public section, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble)
2004: Maîtrise in British Studies (Université Stendhal, Grenoble 3)
2002: Licence in British Studies (Université Stendhal, Grenoble 3)
2001: DEUG in British Studies (Université Stendhal, Grenoble 3)
Full CV available on request
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Politik und Verwaltung
Dr. Michaël Tatham
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Preferred Email: tatham[dot]michael[at]gmail[dot]com
Institutional Email: michael[dot]tatham[at]sowi[dot]hu-berlin[dot]de
Michaël’s PhD research deals with state and sub-state (i.e. regional) interest representation in the European Union. In this research, Michaël first determines what the pattern of interaction between state and sub-state interest representation is, and then analyses what the determinants of such a pattern are. To this end both quantitative (regression) and qualitative methods (comparative statics) are used.
PhD thesis: “With, Without or Against You? The Interest Representation of States and their Sub-State Entities in the European Union”
Jury: Adrienne Héritier, Michael Keating,
Michaël has also been working on:
· Federalism (federalisation processes; definition, operationalisation and empirical measurement);
· The impact of devolution on EU-regions relations (opportunity structures; domestic EU policy-shaping processes; patterns of interest representation);
· Direct regional lobbying in the EU (state bypassing; regional influence on EU policy-processes; theories of EU integration);
· Regional paradiplomacy (determinants thereof; interaction with state diplomacy);
· The implementation of EU policies at the regional level (determinants of mal-implementation; linking representation to implementation);
· Theories of European integration (especially the dialogue between the governance literature and liberal intergovernmentalism).
Research areas: European integration; policy-making; lobbying; federalism and devolution; European, French & UK politics.
Qualitative methodological interests: small-n comparative methods (Mill’s method of agreement and difference, Lake & Powell’s strategic choice approach), conceptualisation and operationalisation, élite semi-structured interviewing.
Quantitative methodological interests: linear regression, bootstrapping (fixed-x and random-x), multi-level models, exploratory factor analysis, survey research methods.
Summer School on “R”, funded by the European Science
Foundation (1-7 September 2010). Tutors included Vladimir Batagelj (
The Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM-Europe) Summer Institute. Three courses attended (June-July 2009):
· “Theoretical and Methodological Foundations” (Randall Calvert & Andrew Martin, 17 hours),
· “Random Utility Models and Strategic Choice” (Mark Fey, 18 hours) and
· “Operationalizing the Spatial Model” (Kevin Quinn, 24 hours).
ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques. Two courses attended (August 2008):
· “Introduction to R” (Andrej Blejec, 18 hours) and
· “Multiple Regression Analysis” (Bernhard Kittel, 30 hours).
ECPR Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis & Collection. Three courses attended (July 2007):
· “Mathematics for Social Scientists” (15 hours),
· “Survey Research Methods” (Pamela Campanelli, 35 hours), and
· “Statistical Terms and Concepts” (Pamela Campanelli, 7.5 hours).
Time Series Analysis, taught by Chris Wlezien (
Introduction to Multilevel Models using Stata, taught
by Kenneth Benoit (
Introduction to Agent-based Modeling using NetLogo, taught by Luis R. Izquierdo (
to Game Theory for Social Scientists, taught by Joël
van der Weele (
Event history analysis using SPSS, taught by Ariana Need (
Structural equation modelling
taught by Max Bergman (
Interviewing and Text Analysis for
taught by Sophie Duchesne (CEVIPOF, CNRS). Course held at the
“Devolution and EU policy-shaping: Bridging the gap between Multi-Level
Governance and Liberal Intergovernmentalism”, European Political Science
Review, forthcoming (accepted for publication:
“With or Without You? Revisiting territorial state-bypassing in EU interest representation”, Journal of European Public Policy, 17 (1), January 2010, pp. 76-99. (Also published as a book chapter by Routledge)
“Conceptualisation, Operationalisation, Cumulation? Exploring the Federalism variable in European politics research”, Il Politico, Rivista Italiana di Scienze Politiche, 73 (3), December 2008, pp. 61-96.
“Going Solo: Direct Regional Representation in the European Union”, Regional and Federal Studies, 18 (5), October 2008, pp. 493-515.
“The evolution of the
“L’interaction Etat-région sur la scène européenne: relations différenciées et facteurs communs ”
“You do what you have to do? Preference intensity and territorial interest representation in EU environmental affairs”
“Paradiplomats against the state: Explaining conflict in state and sub-state interest representation in Brussels”
“Limited institutional change in an international organisation: explaining the EU’s shift away from "federal blindness"”
“Non-state actors, temporality and preferences: specifying the liberal intergovernmentalist model”
(Expected draft 2011)
(Expected draft 2011)
ECPR Pan-European conference on EU Politics,
“You scrub my back and I stab
yours? Explaining conflict in state and sub-state interest representation in
· “Limited institutional change in an international organisation: explaining the EU’s shift away from "federal blindness"”
· “Devolution and EU policy-shaping: Bridging the gap between Multi-Level Governance and Liberal Intergovernmentalism”
60th PSA annual conference,
Edinburgh (UK), 29 March-
“Devolution, political incongruence and conflict in the
European Union: Answers from a
· “You do what you have to do? Preference intensity and territorial interest representation in EU environmental affairs”
ESRC Seminar Series organised by Wilfried Sweden, Nicola McEwen and Nicole Bolleyer on the “Europeanization of Intergovernmental Relations”, Brussels (Belgium), 10-11 December 2009, “Devolution, political incongruence and conflict in the European Union: Answers from a UK quasi-experiment”
PSA Specialist Group on British and Comparative Territorial Politics, Queen’s University, Belfast (UK), “Studying the pattern of interaction between state and sub-state EU interest representation: what theoretical framework and initial findings?”, 11-13 January 2006.
Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur (French British Studies Association), Université du Sud Toulon-Var, Toulon (France), “Scottish EU Interest Representation – A Case Study”, 21-22 October 2005.
Workshop organised by Mads Dagnis, Christel Koop and Michael Tatham (sponsored by Peter Mair and Adrienne Héritier) on “Coordination and Control: How do governments deal with competence reallocation?”, EUI, Florence (Italy), “Playing with the grown-ups? Measuring and understanding institutionalised regional involvement in the domestic EU policy-shaping process”, 15-6 October 2009.
organised by Michael Keating, Marta Arretche and Charlie Jeffery on “Federalism, Devolution
and Territorial Justice”, EUI,
Graduate Workshop in Political Science,
Teaching Skills Training Course, EUI (September 2008). Tutors and assessors
included Angela O’Neil (College of Europe), David Bowskill (
· “European and International Dimensions of Policy-Making”, BA course, 30 hours, Winter Semester 2010.
· “Researching the European Union: Theories and Methodologies”, MA course, 32 hours, , . Sole course provider, created syllabus and course structure, defined learning outcomes and assessment methods. The course was held at the , February 2009.
4-hour session on
“Le nouveau régionalisme en
Regions, Federalism and the EU
Non-state actors and the EU policy-shaping process: interest representation in the EU by non-state actors, the EU policy process, policy legitimacy (input and output legitimacy) and accountability in the EU, the democratic deficit debate.
Assistance for Dr. (
· European Union Politics (EUP);
· European Political Science Review (EPSR);
· Regional and Federal Studies (R&FS);
· Institute for European Integration Research Working Paper Series.