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Professor Rudi Wurzel

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Rudi Wurzel

Professor of Comparative European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies.


The European Council, the Council and the Member States: changing environmental leadership dynamics in the European Union (2019)
Journal Article
Wurzel, R. K., Liefferink, D., & Di Lullo, M. (2019). The European Council, the Council and the Member States: changing environmental leadership dynamics in the European Union. Environmental Politics, 28(2), 248-270. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1549783

The leadership dynamics between the European Council, the Council and the Member States in European Union (EU) environmental policy since the 1970s are analysed. The puzzle is that, although the EU was set up as a ‘leaderless Europe’, it is widely se... Read More

Germany and Brexit: How to preserve European integration while achieving a post-Brexit deal with the United Kingdom (2018)
Journal Article
Wurzel, R. (2018). Germany and Brexit: How to preserve European integration while achieving a post-Brexit deal with the United Kingdom. Marmara Journal of European Studies, 26(1), 171-193

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has been received with disappointment in Germany which, however, has paid comparatively little political attention to it. In addition to having to deal with Brexit, the German government has had to p... Read More

Climate pioneership and leadership in structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities (2018)
Journal Article
Wurzel, R. K., Moulton, J. F., Osthorst, W., Mederake, L., Deutz, P., & Jonas, A. E. (2019). Climate pioneership and leadership in structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 146-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522039

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Innovative climate governance in small-to-medium-sized structurally disadvantaged cities (SDCs) are assessed. Considering their deeply ingrained severe economic and social proble... Read More

Climate pioneership and leadership in structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities (2018)
Journal Article
Wurzel, R. K., Moulton, J. F., Osthorst, W., Mederake, L., Deutz, P., & Jonas, A. E. (2019). Climate pioneership and leadership in structurally disadvantaged maritime port cities. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 146-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522039

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Innovative climate governance in small-to-medium-sized structurally disadvantaged cities (SDCs) are assessed. Considering their deeply ingrained severe economic and social proble... Read More

Leadership and lesson-drawing in the European Union’s multilevel climate governance system (2018)
Journal Article
Jänicke, M., & Wurzel, R. K. (2019). Leadership and lesson-drawing in the European Union’s multilevel climate governance system. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 22-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522019

The important role that climate leaders and leadership play at different levels of the European Union (EU) multilevel governance system is exemplified. Initially, climate leader states set the pace with ambitious policy measures that were adopted lar... Read More

Pioneers, leaders and followers in multilevel and polycentric climate governance (2018)
Journal Article
Wurzel, R., Liefferink, D., & Torney, D. (2019). Pioneers, leaders and followers in multilevel and polycentric climate governance. Environmental Politics, 28(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2019.1522033

This contribution assesses the roles and functions of leaders, pioneers and followers in multi-level and polycentric climate governance. While leaders usually actively seek to attract followers, this is not normally the case for pioneers. We address... Read More

Climate change, the green economy and reimagining the city: the case of structurally disadvantaged European maritime port cities (2017)
Journal Article
Jonas, A. E. G., Wurzel, R. K., Monaghan, E., & Osthorst, W. (2017). Climate change, the green economy and reimagining the city: the case of structurally disadvantaged European maritime port cities. Die Erde : Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin, 148(4), 197-211. https://doi.org/10.12854/erde-148-49

The concept of the New Environmental Politics of Urban Development (NEPUD) examines the impact of international and national environmental regulation on the politics of urban development. The NEPUD concept emerged from case studies of environmental g... Read More

Environmental NGOs: pushing for leadership (2016)
Book Chapter
Connelly, J., & Wurzel, R. (2016). Environmental NGOs: pushing for leadership. In R. K. Wurzel, J. Connelly, & D. Liefferink (Eds.), The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead?, 221-236. Routledge

Surprisingly little scholarly attention has been paid to the role which environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) have played in EU climate change politics, although there are exceptions (e.g. Long et al. 2002; Wurzel and Connelly 2011a; S... Read More

Environmental NGOs: pushing for leadership (2016)
Book Chapter
Connelly, J., & Wurzel, R. (2016). Environmental NGOs: pushing for leadership. In R. K. Wurzel, J. Connelly, & D. Liefferink (Eds.), The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead?, 221-236. Routledge

Surprisingly little scholarly attention has been paid to the role which environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) have played in EU climate change politics, although there are exceptions (e.g. Long et al. 2002; Wurzel and Connelly 2011a; S... Read More

Environmental leaders and pioneers: agents of change? (2016)
Journal Article
Wurzel, R. K., & Liefferink, D. (2017). Environmental leaders and pioneers: agents of change?. Journal of European Public Policy, 24(7), 951-968. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2016.1161657

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article distinguishes between states acting as environmental leaders or pioneers. While leaders usually actively seek to attract followers, this is not normally the case for pioneer... Read More