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Regine Paul

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2017-2018


Regine Paul

Regine Paul is a post-doc political scientist with an interest in comparative regulatory reforms, risk-based governance and migration governance in Europe. Regine holds a PhD in European social policy from the University of Bath/England (2012). Her thesis examined contemporary labour migration regimes in Britain, France and Germany across multiple institutionalist logics of 'border-drawing' comparatively (published as "The Political Economy of Border-Drawing" with Berghahn in 2015). She has previously studied at universities in Germany, England, Italy and France.

At CES, Regine will work on her second monograph which explores causal mechanisms for the adoption of risk-based regulation within German public administration. In a process-tracing study of three policy domains the research seeks to explain (a) why a regulatory reform that has so far been discussed as rather inhibited by the German institutional setting succeeded nonetheless, and (b) how risk-based forms of rationalizing public administrative actions change this very institutional setting.

Regine co-chairs the research network "European integration and the global political economy" at the Council for European Studies, jointly with Erik Jones.

This information was last updated for the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, September 2017.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Law and Society Unit, Faculty of Sociology, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2017-2018, CES, Harvard
  • Visiting Scholar 2017-2018, CES, Harvard


  • Regine Paul, "Varieties of risk regulation in Europe: coordination, complementarity and occupational safety in capitalist welfare states," Socio-Economic Review, 8 September 2017. (co-authored with Henry Rothstein, David Demeritt, Anne-Laure Beaussier, Mara Wesseling, Michael Howard, Maarten de Haan Olivier Borraz, Michael Huber, Frederic Bouder).
  • Regine Paul, “Harmonization by risk analysis? Frontex and the risk-based governance of European border control,” Journal of European Integration, 39(6), 2017.
  • Regine Paul (co-edited volume, with M. Mölders, A. Bora, M. Huber and P. Münte), Society, regulation and governance: new modes of social change? (Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.)
  • Regine Paul, “Negotiating varieties of capitalism? Crisis and change in contemporary British and German labour migration policies,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42(10): 1631–1650, 2016.
  • Regine Paul (with F. Bouder and M. Wesseling), “Risk-based governance against national obstacles? Comparative dynamics of Europeanization in Dutch, French, and German flooding policies,” Journal of Risk Research 19(8): 1043–1062, 2016.
  • Regine Paul, The Political Economy of Border-Drawing: Arranging Legality in European Labor Migration Policies. (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015).
  • Regine Paul and M. Huber, “Risk-based regulation in continental Europe? Explaining the corporatist turn to risk in German work safety policies,” European Policy Analysis 1(2): 5–33, 2015.
  • Regine Paul (co-edited special issue, with E. Carmel), “Migration, mobility and rights regulation in the EU,” Policy Studies 32(2), 2013.
  • Regine Paul, “Limits of the competition state: The cultural political economy of European labour migration policies,” Critical Policy Studies 6(4): 379–401, 2012.

Research Project

Rationalizing the Semisovereign State? Risk-based Regulation in Germany


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative regulatory and institutional reform
  • Risk-based governance in Europe
  • European migration governance

Awards and Recognitions

  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, 2017-2018
  • DAAD scholarships for graduate studies in England, 2007-2008, and post-doc reintegration in Germany, 2012-2013
  • University of Bath Research Excellence Scholarship for doctoral studies, 2009-2011
  • "Braunschweig Citizenship Award" for excellent undergraduate studies and extraordinary societal engagement against racism, 2003