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Christel Koop

Lecturer in Political Economy
Head of the BA Politics Programme

Dr Christel Koop

Contact Details:

Department of Political Economy
Room S2.06
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7324
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Office Hours

Monday: 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00pm

*Office hours in the week of 24 April: by appointment on Thursday and Friday.


Dr Christel Koop is Lecturer in Political Economy and Programme Director of the BA/BSc Politics Programme. Her research interests include delegation theory, arm’s length governance, regulation and regulatory agencies, democratic accountability and legitimacy, and institutional theory.

Christel holds a BA and MPhil degree in political science from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and obtained her PhD degree in political and social sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Before joining the department, she was Fellow in Public Policy and Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She is also co-ordinator of the department’s research cluster on Public Policy and Regulation and co-organiser of the inter-university London Public Policy Seminars


Christel’s research addresses questions related to the insulation of policy-making from politics and the electoral process, both at the national and the European level. Her work has focused on the determinants of arm’s length governance as well as on its implications for politics, policy outcomes, and democratic accountability and legitimacy. 


  • Political Economy: Approaches, Concepts and Issues (second year undergraduate)
  • Economic Policy-making (third year undergraduate)
  • The Politics of Regulation (postgraduate)

PhD Supervision

  • Philip Kessler – 'The diffusion of competition policy in Western Europe' (first supervisor)
  • José Bolaños – 'Competitiveness in mixed governance frameworks: On the success of private certification schemes' (first supervisor)
  • Stuart Turnbull Dugarte – 'Assessing the Europeanisation of electoral politics in EU member states following the Eurozone crisis' (first supervisor)
  • Philipp Broniecki (University College London) – 'Legislative arena choice in bicameral negotiations in the European Union: The determinants of delegation to informal decision-making' (external supervisor)

Recently Completed

  • Slobodan Tomic (LSE) – 'Explaining enforcement of anticorruption agencies in the Western Balkans: A comparative analysis of Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia', (external supervisor; completed in Spring 2016)


'Political independence, accountability, and the quality of regulatory decision-making' (with Chris Hanretty). Forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies.

'What is regulation? An interdisciplinary concept analysis' (with Martin Lodge). Regulation & Governance 11 (1): 95-108 (2017).

'The impact of informalisation: Early agreements and voting cohesion in the European Parliament' (with Edoardo Bressanelli and Christine Reh). European Union Politics 17 (1): 91-113 (2016). 

'Theorizing and explaining voluntary accountability,' Public Administration 92 (3): 565-581 (2014).

'Coping with power dispersion? Autonomy, co-ordination and control in multi-level systems', (with Mads Dagnis Jensen and Michaël Tatham). Journal of European Public Policy 21 (9): 1237-1254 (2014).

'Exploring the co-ordination of economic regulation' (with Martin Lodge). Journal of European Public Policy 21 (9): 1311-1329 (2014).

'The informal politics of legislation: Explaining secluded decision making in the European Union' (with Christine Reh, Adrienne Héritier and Edoardo Bressanelli). Comparative Political Studies 46 (9) 1112-1142 (2013).

'Shall the law set them free? The formal and actual independence of regulatory agencies' (with Chris Hanretty). Regulation & Governance 7 (2): 195-214 (2013).

'Measuring the formal independence of regulatory agencies' (with Chris Hanretty). Journal of European Public Policy 19 (2): 198-216 (2012).

'Explaining the accountability of independent agencies: The importance of political salience,' Journal of Public Policy 31 (2): 209-234 (2011).

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