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Charlotte Rommerskirchen

Charlotte Rommerskirchen
Dr Charlotte Rommerskirchen
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
3.17 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK
+44 (0)131 651 3861
Research Interests
European Union, Financial Markets, Mixed Methods, International Political Economy, Comparative Political Economy, Debt Management


Charlotte Rommerskirchen is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh, where she completed her PhD in 2014. She was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Konstanz, Germany,  a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame, USA and a POLSIS Visiting Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. Charlotte is an alumna of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and has won the UK Political Science Association’s Lord Bryce Prize for best dissertation in International Relations/Comparative Studies. From 2013 to 2018 she was part of an ERC-funded research project with Donald MacKenzie on Evaluation Practices in Financial Markets, focusing on the European Debt Crisis and Government Bond Markets. 

Her first monograph, Free Riders on the Storm: EU Fiscal Policy Coordination in Hard Times (2019) has been published by Oxford University Press.

In 2020 she started a four-year project on public debt managment funded by the ESRC (New Investigator Grant). 


  • PhD (University of Edinburgh)
  • MSc European Union Politics and Law (University of Edinburgh)
  • BA European Studies (University of Passau, Germany)

Academic papers: peer review journal articles

  • ‘Why hasn't high-frequency trading swept the board? Shares, sovereign bonds and the politics of market structure’, with Donald MacKenzie, Iain Hardie and Arjen van der Heide. Review of International Political Economy,
  • 'Foreign bond investors and market discipline.' Competition & Change, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2020, 
  • 'The Impact of Treasury Yields on US Presidential Approval, 1960–2010.' with Iain Hardie and Ailsa Henderson, New Political Economy, 2019,
  • 'Bringing Balance to the Force? A Comparative Analysis of Institutionalisation Processes in the G20’s Mutual Assessment Process and the EU’s Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure', with Holly Snaith, New Political Economy, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2018.
  • ‘Inflation aversion in the EU: The myth of German Stability Culture’, with David Howarth, Socio-Economic Review, Vol 15, No.2, 2017.
  • ’Known unknowns: Fiscal rules, fiscal policy and financial markets’, European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 54, No.4, 2015.
  • ‘Debt and punishment: Market discipline in the Eurozone’, New Political Economy, Vol. 20, No.5, 2015.
  • ’An empirical investigation into the Europeanisation of fiscal policy’, with Philippe LeMay-Boucher, Comparative European Politics, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2015.
  • ‘Out of left field? Explaining the variable electoral success of European radical left parties’, with Luke March, Party Politics, Vol.21, No.1, 2015.
  • ’A Panacea for all times? The German Stability Culture as strategic political resource’, with David Howarth, West European Politics, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2013.
  • ’Keeping the agents leashed: The EU’s external economic governance in the G20’, Journal of European Integration, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2013. 

Book chapters and other

  • 'All together now? The EU and fiscal multilateralism', in The European Union and Multilateralism in the 21st Century, C. Bouchard, J. Peterson, and N. Tocci (eds) (London: Routledge), 2013.
  • 'Explaining electoral success and failure' with Luke March, in Radical left parties in Europe, ch. 9 (London: Routledge), 2011.
  • 'Fiscal Multilateralism in Times of the Great Recession', Mercury E-Paper, No. 15, 2011.

Research Group Membership:

International Political Economy

Topics interested in supervising

Sovereign Debt, Economic and Monetary Union, Comparative and International Political Economy

If you are interested in being supervised by Charlotte Rommerskirchen, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics