Dr. Sebastiaan Princen
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Sebastiaan Princen is Associate Professor in the field of governance and policymaking in the European Union. He teaches courses on public law, the philosophy of science, policy implementation, and European integration in USG’s bachelor’s and executive master programmes, as well as the master in European Governance.

His research focuses on issues of international and European governance, more specifically policy-making in the European Union. In recent years he has published extensively on processes of agenda-setting in the EU. His current research deals with the role of policy paradigms in the EU, and the implementation of EU policies. In addition, Sebastiaan has participated in studies on the Europeanisation of the Dutch civil service, the role of interest groups in the EU, and cross-border cooperation between governmental organizations.

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Curriculum vitae

Sebastiaan Princen (1971) studied public administration and public policy studies at the University of Twente, where he obtained his MA in 1997. In 1998, his MA thesis on the impact of block grants on power relations between central and local government was awarded the annual thesis award by the Dutch Association for Public Administration (VB).

In 2002, Sebastiaan received a PhD from the faculties of Law and Social Science at Utrecht University. His PhD dissertation analysed the conditions under which EU trade measures affect regulatory standards in the US and Canada, and was published as 'EU Regulation and Transatlantic Trade' with Kluwer Law International in 2002. In 2003, the dissertation was awarded the annual political science award by the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP).

After a year at the Rottedam based economic research and consultancy firm Ecorys NEI, Sebastiaan joined the Utrecht School of Governance in November 2002, where he worked as a postdoc, assistant professor and associate professor before becoming full professor in March 2013. In 2007, he worked as a research fellow at the Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) of the University of Washington (Seattle). As of July 2010, he als became a fellow at the Montesquieu Institute in The Hague.

During the past years, Sebastiaan has published books and articles on various aspects of European governance, most prominently in relation to policy-making and agenda-setting in the European Union. In addition, he has contributed to several textbooks on the EU and EU politics, including The Politics of the European Union (with Herman Lelieveldt, Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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  • Herman Lelieveldt and Sebastiaan Princen, The Politics of the European Union, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2015.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, Agenda-Setting in the European Union, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009.
  • Karin Geuijen, Paul ‘t Hart, Sebastiaan Princen and Kutsal Yesikagit, The New Eurocrats. National Civil Servants in EU Policy-Making, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008.
  • Michèle Knodt en Sebastiaan Princen (red.) Understanding the European Union's External Relations, London: Routledge, 2003.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, EU Regulation and Transatlantic Trade, European Monographs Series, No. 37, The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2002.

Articles and book chapters

  • Jesseka Batteau, Sebastiaan Princen and Ann Rigney, ‘Lessons from the Past. Cultural Memory in Dutch Integration Policy’, European Journal of Political Research, 57(3), 2018: 740-758.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Agenda-Setting and Framing’, in: E. Ongaro and S. van Thiel (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 535-551
  • Sebastiaan Princen and Femke van Esch, ‘Paradigm Formation and Paradigm Change in the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact’, European Political Science Review, 8(3), 2016: 355-375.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, Karin Geuijen, Jeroen Candel, Oddy Folgert and Ragna Hooijer, ‘Establishing Cross-Border Cooperation between Professional Organizations: Police, Fire Brigades and Emergency Health Services in Dutch Border Regions’, European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(3), 2016: 497-512.
  • Marcello Carammia, Sebastiaan Princen and Arco Timmermans, ‘From Summitry to EU Government: An Agenda Formation Perspective on the European Council’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(4), 2016: 809-825.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Agenda Setting in the European Union: From Sui Generis to Mainstream’, in: N. Zahariadis (ed) Handbook of Public Policy Agenda Setting, Cheltenham and Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, 2016, pp. 348-366.
  • Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Punctuated Equilibrium Theory’, in: N. Zahariadis (ed) Handbook of Public Policy Agenda Setting, Cheltenham and Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, 2016, pp. 69-86.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Studying Agenda-setting’ in Kennet Lynggaard, Ian Manners and Karl Löfgren (eds) Research Methods in European Union Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 123-135.
  • Petya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia, Sebastiaan Princen and Arco Timmermans, “Measuring the European Council Agenda: Introducing a New Approach and Dataset”, European Union Politics, 15(1), 2014: pp. 152-167.
  • Sebastiaan Princen and Paul ‘t Hart, ‘Putting Policy Paradigms in their Place’, Journal of European Public Policy, 21(3), 2014: 470-474.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, 'Punctuated Equilibrium Theory and the European Union', Journal of European Public Policy, 20(6), 2013, pp. 854-870.
  • Marcello Carammia, Arco Timmermans, Sebastiaan Princen and Petya Alexandrova, 'Analyzing the Policy Agenda of the European Council', Perspectives on Europe, 42(2), 2012, pp. 41-46.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘The DEU Approach to EU Decision-Making: A Critical Assessment’, Journal of European Public Policy, 19(4), 2012, pp. 623-634.
  • Karin van Boetzelaer and Sebastiaan Princen, ‘The Quest for Co-ordination in European Regulatory Networks’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 50(5), 2012: 819-836.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Agenda-Setting and the Formation of an EU Policy-MakingState’, in Jeremy Richardson (ed.) Constructing a Policy-Making State? Policy Dynamics in the EU, Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 2012, pp. 29-45.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Agenda-setting’, in Andrew Jordan and Camilla Adelle (eds) Environmental Policy in the EU. Actors, Institutions and Processes, 3rd ed., London: Routledge, 2012: pp. 191-208.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, 'Agenda-setting Strategies in EU Policy Processes', Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 18, No. 7, 2011, pp. 927-943.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Agenda Setting’, in: Esther Versluis, Mendeltje van Keulen and Paul Stephenson (eds) Analyzing the European Union Policy Process, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 107-131.
  • Ellen Mastenbroek and Sebastiaan Princen (2010) ‘Time for EU Matters: The Europeanization of Dutch Central Government’, Public Administration, Vol. 88, No. 1, 2010, pp. 154-169.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Venue Shifts and Policy Change in EU Fisheries Policy’, Marine Policy, Marine Policy, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2010, pp. 36-41
  • Sebastiaan Princen, Sylvain Brouard, Laura Chaques, Christopher Green-Pedersen, Will Jennings, Peter John and Luz Muñoz, ‘Les Dynamiques d’Agendas Multiniveaux dans la Politique Environnementale de l’Union Européenne’, Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2009, pp. 485-502.
  • Sebastiaan Princen and Bart Kerremans, ‘Opportunity Structures in the EU Multilevel System’, West European Politics, Vol. 31, No. 6, 2008, pp. 1129-1146.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Advocacy Coalitions and the Internationalization of Public Health Policies’, Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2007, pp. 13-33.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Agenda-setting in the European Union: A Theoretical Exploration and Agenda for Research’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2007, pp. 21-38.
  • Sebastiaan Princen en Mark Rhinard, ‘Crashing and Creeping: Agenda-setting Dynamics in the European Union’, Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 13, No. 7, 2006, pp. 1119-1132.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Governing through Multiple Forums: The Global Safety Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods’, in: Mathias Koenig-Archibugi and Michael Zürn (eds) New Modes of Governance in the Global System. Exploring Publicness, Delegation and Inclusiveness, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp. 52-76.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘EC Compliance with WTO Law: The Interplay of Law and Politics’, European Journal of International Law, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2004, pp. 555-574.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Trading Up in the Transatlantic Relationship’, Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2004, pp. 127-144.
  • Sebastiaan Princen, ‘Exporting Regulatory Standards: The Cases of Trapping and Data Protection’, in: Michèle Knodt en Sebastiaan Princen (red.) Understanding the European Union’s External Relations, London: Routledge, 2003, pp. 142-157.
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Democratic Legitimacy in the EU: Inside the ‘Black Box’ of Informal Trilogues
01.10.2016 to 30.09.2019
General project description 
Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Prof. Dr. Justin Greenwood
  • Dr. Christilla Roederer-Rynning
  • Prof. Dr. Ariadna Ripoll Servent
  • Lara Panning Msc

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Additional functions and activities
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of European Public Policy
  • Member of the Advisory Council for the political science programme at Radboud University Nijmegen


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