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 Researchers at the MPI for the Study of Societies

Dr. Martin Mendelski

Dr. Martin Mendelski
Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Paulstr. 3 | 50676 Cologne | Germany
Phone: +49 221 2767-226
Fax: +49 221 2767-555

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Research Interests

economic sociology; comparative political economy; varieties of capitalism; new institutional economics; rule of law; corruption; Europeanization; democratization; transnationalization; good governance; pluralism; Central and Eastern Europe; Western Balkans

Research Projects

Selected Publications

De-Politicization by Europeanization: The Emergence of the Fragmented State in South Eastern Europe. In: B. Iancu and S. Tanasescu (eds.), Governance and Constitutionalism: Law, Politics and Institutional Neutrality, London: Routledge, 2018 >>more  
Europeanization and the Rule of Law: Towards a Pathological Turn. Southeastern Europe 40, 3, 346-384 (2016) >>more  
Das europäische Evaluierungsdefizit der Rechtsstaatlichkeit. Leviathan 44, 3, 366-398 (2016) >>more  
The EU’s Pathological Power: The Failure of External Rule of Law Promotion in South Eastern Europe. Southeastern Europe 39, 3, 318-346 (2015) >>more  
Institutional Complementarity, Economic Performance, and Governance in the Post-Communist World and Beyond (with S. Markus). Comparative European Politics 13, 3, 376-404 (2015) >>more  
Demand for Litigation in the Absence of Traditions of Rule of Law: An Example of Ottoman and Habsburg Legacies in Romania (with A. Libman). Constitutional Political Economy 25, 2, 177-206 (2014) >>more  
EU-Driven Judicial Reforms in Romania: A Success Story? East European Politics 28, 1, 23-42 (2012) >>more



2016-present Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
2016 Researcher in the EU-funded project “Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption” (
2012-2016 Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Department of Political Science, Trier University, Germany
2011-2014 PhD in Political Science, University of Luxembourg; thesis: “The Limits of the European Union’s Transformative Power: Pathologies of Europeanization and Rule of Law Reform in Central and Eastern Europe”
2009 Research Assistant, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
2008-2009 Research Fellow, Volkswagen Foundation project “Emerging Market Economies in Central Asia: The Role of Institutional Complementarities in Reform Processes,” PFH Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen
2008-2009 Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, European University Institute (Florence), Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt a.M.), and Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
2005-2007 Research Assistant, Economics Department, ESCP Europe Business School, Berlin
2004 Semester abroad, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania
2003-2004 Master of European Studies (MES), Viadrina European University, Frankfurt/Oder
2002 Semester abroad, FINEC (University of Economics and Finance), St. Petersburg, Russia
2001 Semester abroad, ITESM Monterrey (now Tecnológico de Monterrey), Mexico
2000 Academic year abroad, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
1997-2003 Diplom, Business Administration (Diplomkaufmann), University of Mannheim


Professional Activities (Selected)

2012-2016: Taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Trier University, University of Luxembourg, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, and University of Georgia, Tbilisi  
2014: Country expert for Romania for the Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg and for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Awards and Honors (Selected)

2015: THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration

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