Uwe Puetter is Professor at the Department of Public Policy (DPP) and Director of the Center for European Union Research (CEUR). He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Public Policy and Governance awarded by the European Commission and is a member of the Executive Board of the FP7 research consortium 'bEUcitizen'.
From 2006 to 2008 Uwe Puetter served as first Head of DPP. Originally he had joined Central European University in September 2004 as an Assistant Professor of the newly created Master's Program in Public Policy (MPP). In the context of the MA and PhD degree programs he is teaching courses on European integration, comparative politics and socio-economic governance.
He received his PhD from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland/UK. Specialising in the area of comparative European politics, international relations and European political economy he carried out the first comprehensive institutional analysis of the so-called Eurogroup - the informal circle of finance ministers coordinating the economic policies of the euro area countries. For his research on the Eurogroup Uwe Puetter has received the 'Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in International Relations/ Comparative Studies in 2003-2004' awarded by the Political Studies Association in the United Kingdom, and the 'Ernst B. Haas Prize' sponsored by the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Studies Association.
Uwe Puetter’s new book ‘The European Council and the Council. New intergovernmentalism and institutional change’ appears with Oxford University Press in 2014. His research monograph 'The Eurogroup' was published with Manchester University Press in 2006. In 2009 he published the book 'Die Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik der EU' (The economic and social policy of the EU) with UTB.
The main research interests of Uwe Puetter are in the fields of European integration studies, comparative European politics and European political economy. He has a particular interest in processes of institutional change in the enlarged European Union, both at the national and European level and focuses on European Economic and Monetary Union as well European social policy. His current research concentrates on the transformation of intergovernmental relations in the European Union after the Maastricht Treaty. It analyses the new role of the European Council and the Council in decision-making. In the context of the FP7 project 'bEUcitizen' Uwe Puetter leads the research themes ‘Market constraints and political choice’ and ‘Democratic parliamentary control in times of crisis’. Together with Wieger Bakker, Universiteit Utrecht he also co-coordinates the project's workpackage on 'Forward looking activities'.
Uwe Puetter served on the Committee of the 'University Association for Contemporary European Studies' (UACES) from 2007 until 2009 and was a member of the 'Sprecher/innen'-team which coordinates the 'Arbeitskreis Integrationsforschung' of the 'Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft' (AKI-DVPW) - the working group on European integration research of the German Association for Political Science - from 2006 until 2012. He was appointed as a member of the European Research Council Advanced Grant 2011 evaluation panel 'SH2: Institutions, Values, Beliefs and Behaviour' and is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Political Science Review.
Read recent commentary and analysis by Uwe Puetter on the European Council, the Eurogroup and the future of European Union social policy and European welfare states.