In summer 2012, Kira joined the department as PhD student. Her research concentrates on the role of the European Commission in the EU’s legislative process and is funded by NOW’s “Research Talent” grant. Specifically, in her thesis she will analyze in how far factors such as national or partisan ties influence the Commissioners in performing their role as legislative agenda-setters. Kira studied European Studies at the UT, and completed her Master in Political Science at the University of Mannheim (Germany).
Legislative decision-making in the EU
Killermann, K. (2016). Loose Ties or Strong Bonds? The Effect of a Commissioner's Nationality and Partisanship on Voting in the Council. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, doi:10.1111/jcms.12359.
Loose Ties or Strong Bonds? The effects of a Commissioner's nationality and partisanship on voting in the Council of Ministers. Paper presented at the Spring Conference of the Swedish Network for European Studies, Brussels, 7-9 April 2014
Do Nationality and Partisanship link Commissioners and MEPs in the Legislative Process? Paper presented at the 10th ECSA-C biennial Conference, Montreal, 8-10 May 2014
Do Nationality and Partisanship link Commissioners and MEPs in the Legislative Process? Paper presented at the 7th Pan-European Conference on the European Union, The Hague, 5-7 June 2014.