Professor Michelle Cini

Professor Michelle Cini

Professor Michelle Cini
Professor of European Politics

2.3 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 8076

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I was initially appointed to the University of Bristol in 1991 as Jean Monnet Lecturer in European Community Studies. I became a Senior Lecturer from 2000, a Reader from 2006 and Professor in 2008. I have also held a number of visiting positions over this time, including Visiting Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Grenoble, 1995; at the New York Consortium for European Studies (Columbia and NYU), 1998. Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, 1999-2000. Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lille, 2002; Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges, 2003-04; Visiting Professor, Nanjing University, China, 2007.


My research has focused primarily on the internal politics of the European Union, and particularly on the European Commission. I have been especially interested in the politics of reform within the EU, and on issues of organisational and administrative culture. I have increasingly been drawn to research on issues of ethics and integrity. More specifically I have recently been working on a project that looks at how the EU institutions are embedding notions of good (ethical) governance within their structures and procedures during processes of reform. This is being done in order to counter some of the recent criticisms of corruption, mismanagement and fraud that have plagued the European institutions. I am now applying these insights (with Dr N. Perez-Solorzano) to the case of EU lobbying regulation. I have also conducted research on EU public policy, particularly on competition and state aid policy, and on environmental policy.


My teaching interests are primarily in the field of EU politics, the theory and practice of European integration, and comparative European politics. I have also taught research methods to undergraduates. I have taught across all undergraduate levels, at MSc level, and have supervised 15 PhD students. I am particularly interested in finding new ways of engaging students in the study of EU politics, and with Oxford University Press have published, since 1991, one of the leading and most high-profile edited text books on EU Politics (now in its 3rd edition).

Key publications

  1. Cini, M 2008, ‘European Commission reform and the origins of the European Transparency Initiative’. Journal of European Public Policy, vol 15., pp. 743 - 760
  2. Cini, M 2007, ‘From Integration to Integrity: Administrative Ethics and Reform in the European Commission’. Manchester University Press
  3. Cini, M 2006, ‘The Europeanization of British Competition Policy’. in: I Bache, A Jordan (eds) Britain in Europe and Europe in Britain: The Europeanization of British Politics?. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 216 - 230
  4. Cini, M 2006, ‘The 'State of the Art' in EU Studies: From Politics to Interdisciplinarity (and Back Again?)’. Politics, vol 26 (1)., pp. 38 - 46
  5. Cini, M 2006, ‘European Union Politics’. Oxford University Press

Latest publications

  1. Cini, M 2014, ‘EU Decision-Making on Inter-Institutional Agreements: Defining (Common) Rules of Conduct for European Lobbyists and Public Servants’. West European Politics.
  2. Cini, MMC 2014, ‘Economic Crisis and the Internationalisation of EU Competition Policy’. in: The Eurozone Crisis and the Transformation of EU Governance. Ashgate
  3. Cini, MMC & Borragan, NP 2013, ‘European Union Politics 4e’. Oxford Uni Press, Oxford, Oxford
  4. Cini, MMC 2013, ‘Intergovernmentalism (European Union Politics 4e)’. in: Michelle Cini, Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan (eds) European Union Politics. Oxford Uni Press, Oxford, Oxford
  5. Borragan, NP & Cini, MMC 2013, ‘Introduction (European Union Politics 4e)’. in: Michelle Cini, Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan (eds) European Union Politics 4e. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-10

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