Goetz holds the Chair in Political Systems and European Integration at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. His current work is focused primarily on the comparative analysis of politics and policy in Western, Central and Eastern Europe as well as the European Union. In addition to his academic work, Goetz has been active in public affairs at the World Bank. At the joint EU-OECD initiative Support for Improvement in Governance and Management (SIGMA), he was lead author of a report on parliamentary reform in Turkey. He has also worked with SIGMA on parliamentary issues in Kosovo and Montenegro.
While at the Center, Goetz will work on two research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The first project, Staggered Membership Renewal and Differential Time Horizons in Second Chambers, investigates what happens when time horizons of different legislators differ. The second project, Timescapes of International Administrations: Time Rules and Time Horizons of Planning and Budgeting, assesses institutionalization of time rules and time horizons across several international administrations, including the European Commission.
Goetz has held previous appointments at the University of Potsdam and the London School of Economics. He is co-editor of the journal West European Politics.