Biography

Hussein Kassim joined PSI as Professor in Politics in 2007. He became Political Science Mentor at the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy at UEA in 2005 and has been Co-Investigator since 2009.  Before moving to UEA, Professor Kassim taught at Birkbeck, University of London (where he was Head of School 2006-2007), the University of Nottingham, and the University of Oxford, where he held College Lectureships at Balliol College, New College and Worcester College. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford, 1984-87, and studied for an MPhil in Politics, 1987-1989, then from 1990 a DPhil, at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was supervised by the late Vincent Wright.

Professor Kassim has held visiting positions at ARENA in the University of Oslo, Columbia University, New York University, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and the Centre d'Etudes Europeennes de Sciences Po, Paris, where most recently he was Vincent Wright Chair 2015 (http://www.sciencespo.fr/newsletter/actu/?id=10560). He was appointed Visiting Professor at the College de Bruges in 2015 and Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute for a short period in spring 2016.

In his research, Professor Kassim investigates EU institutions, the relationship between the EU and the member states, especially the UK and ‘Europe’, and EU policy in competition and aviation. A recipient of grants from the British Academy, the ESRC and the Nuffield Foundation, he completed a major ESRC-funded project on the European Commission (http://www.uea.ac.uk/psi/research/EUCIQ, http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-062-23-1188/read), the main findings of which are presented in The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century, published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on follow-up projects that examine variously leadership, gender, socialization and the attitudes of officials to reform in the European Commission. Other work (under the auspices of CCP) looks at aspects of EU competition policy, including the ECN, national competition authorities and the institutionalisation of DG IV.

With Sara Connolly, he is leading a research team that includes Professors Michael Bauer (German University of Administrative Science, Speyer), Renaud Dehousse (Sciences Po Paris), and Andrew Thompson (University of Edinburgh) on a second major new project, 'European Commission: facing the future'. This research examines the career trajectories of the people who work for the Commission, staff experience of the Commission as a workplace, attitudes towards reform and to the financial and economic crisis, perceptions of management and the role conceptions of managers, leadership, and communication. It also looks at the national origins of Commission staff, focusing in particular on UK nationals.

Professor Kassim was appointed Senior Fellow 2015-2016 as part of the ESRC 'UK in a Changing Europe' initiative (http://ukandeu.ac.uk). He is also co-investigator on the Horizon2020 SCEUS project, 'The Choice for Europe', convened by Professor Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, University of Salzburg (http://www.uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=67589).

All Publications

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Kassim, H.

(2015)

Patterns of national coordination of EU policy

In: Routledge Handbook of European Politics.

pp. 686-707

ISBN 9780 415 62675 0

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Connolly, S., Kassim, H.

(2015)

The Permanent Commission Bureaucrat

In: The Palgrave Handbook of the European Administrative System.

ISBN 9781137339881

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Kassim, H.

(2014)

L’administration européenne

In: Les Notices Union européenne.

la documentation française

pp. 63-75

ISBN 978-2-11-009767-5

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Lyons, B., Kassim, H.

(2013)

The New Political Economy of EU State Aid Policy

in The European Union and State Aid Policy: Evolution and Impact, Special Issue of Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade

13.

pp. 1-22

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Kassim, H., Lyons, B.

(2013)

EU State Aid Policy: Evolution and Impact (Special Issue)

in Journal of Industry Competition and Trade

pp. 1-22

UEA Repository

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Teaching Interests

  • Administering Europe
  • The EU and the member states
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
  • European Union: history, institutions, policy
  • Britain and Europe
  • The Politics of Regulation
  • International Organizations
  • Capitalism.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Principal Investigator (PI) of 'European Commission: Facing the Future'
  • PI of ‘The European Commission in Question’ [http://www.uea.ac.uk/psi/research/EUCIQ and http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-062-23-1188/read]
  • Convenor of: ‘The Coalition at One: The Conservative-Liberal Democratic Government in Historical and Theoretical Perspective’ (with Charles Clarke, Andrew Adonis and Jon Davis) [http://www.uea.ac.uk/psi/eventsnews/events/coalition_at_one]
  • Convenor of ‘The “Too Difficult” Box’ (with Charles Clarke) [http://www.uea.ac.uk/psi/eventsnews/too-difficult-box]

Professional Activities

  • Member of LABEX evalution committee (economics panel), Agence National de Recherche, 2015
  • Member of executive committee of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance from 2014
  • Editorial Board, Public Policy and Administration from 2014
  • Visiting Professor, Centre d’Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po Paris,March/April 2014
  • Member of ESRC Peer Review College
  • Member of executive committee of the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union since 2009
  • Visiting Professor, Birkbeck, University of London 2008-2013
  • Member of Advisory Board, Observatoire des Institutions Européennes at the Centre d’Etudes Européennes, Sciences Po Paris, Since 2005
  • Member of LABEX Panel/Jury, Agence National de Recherche 2010
  • Principal Investigator, ESRC-funded project, ‘The European Commission in Question’ 2008-2010
  • Member of the Transformation and Sustainability of European Political Order (Eurotrans) at ARENA, University of Oslo 2008-2012
  • Member of executive committee, 'Connecting Excellence on European Governance' (Connex) EU FP6 network 2005-2008
  • Founder, with Anand Menon, Damian Chalmers, Simon Hix and Imelda Maher, of the London EU Group. 1995-2007
  • Since 1998 External Examiner for PhD/DPhil theses at: University of Adger; University of Oxford; University of Reading; University College London; University of Oslo; University of Manchester; Louvain-la-Neuve; Free University Amsterdam; European University Institute; London School of Economics and Political Science

Administrative Posts

  • At University level, I am a member of the ESRC Internal Review College
  • At School level, I am impact champion and a member of the professorial advisory board. I was co-convenor of ‘The Too Difficult Box’ and a founder of policy@uea, a group that brings together researchers with interests in public policy and public administration from across the University. I served as Head of School from 2010 to 2013, during which the time the School rose in The Guardian University Guide ranking from 41st to 16th of UK Politics and International Relations departments.
  • At the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, I am Co-Investigator and member of the management board. I was a member of the Steering Group from 2009 and coordinator of ‘Project 2 - Institutions’ research theme 2006-2014. With Bruce Lyons, I convened the 2013 ESRC Centre for Competition Policy Summer Conference on ‘Institutions and Competition Policy’