Ivana Skazlić

Legitimacy of the European Semester: does parliamentary involvement make a difference?

Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

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PhD project

The European Semester procedure, one of the EU’s main responses to the financial crisis, is a central part of the enhanced system of economic governance in the EU. At the same time, however, it is also one of the most technical EU exercises that deals with the core national policies. Ever since the introduction of the European Semester, scholars have highlighted this procedure as a crucial area of EU politics for national parliaments.

This research project investigates to what extent national parliaments are involved in the European Semester, and which factors explain the variation in their involvement. Based on a comparative analysis of specific parliamentary European Semester-related activities, the research project aspires to explain how well national parliaments contribute to key standards of legitimacy – such as accountability, public control and representation – in following the European Semester.  

Supervisor: Katrin Auel, Institute for Advanced Studies

Co-supervisor: Julie Smith, POLIS, University of Cambridge


Jacques Delors Centre, Hertie School, Berlin


I hold two Master’s Degrees in the field of European and International Studies and Political Science. Additionally, I obtained the qualifications as the Policy Officer in European and International organizations and the EU Funds Project Manager. To reinforce my academic studies, I also gained three years of professional and research experience at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb. As a continuation of my development, PLATO gives me the opportunity to acquire theoretical and methodological knowledge within a genuinely interdisciplinary and international framework and to advance my research competencies to explore the contemporary challenge facing the European integration project. Nationality: Croatian.

  • MA in Advanced European and International Studies, Centre International de Formation Européenne, Nice
  • MA in Political Science, University of Zagreb
  • BA in Political Science, University of Zagreb


  • paris-lausberg Becoming a presenter with impact

    As part of PLATO's training programme, the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Paris hosted a three-day training in giving scientific presentations. Focusing on presentation skills through intensive rehearsal early on in a doctorate quickly proved its value.



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