Dr. Esther Ademmer

Interim Professor of Comparative Politics

Westring 400, R.04.21
Phone: +49 431 880-1586
Telefax: +49 431 880-2483

Comparative Politics

Office hours

Please contact me via e-mail for office hour appointments.

Research interests

  • European Integration and Governance
  • Attitudes Toward Migration in Europe
  • Comparative Political Economy
  •  Institutional Change in Transition Countries




  • since 4/2018 Interim Professor of Comparative Politics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • since 7/2013 Research Associate, Institute for the World Economy, Kiel
  • 4/2016 – 3/2018 Research Associate, Center for European Integration, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 1/2015 - 3/2016 Research Associate, Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  • 8/2012 - 6/2013 Fox Fellow, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University
  • 9/2009 - 8/2012 Doctoral Fellow, Research College "The Transformative Power of Europe", Freie Universität Berlin


  • 1/2013 Dr. rer pol. Political Science, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (BTS), Freie Universität Berlin
  • 7/2009 M.A. International Relations, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Universität Potsdam
  • 2008 Non-Degree Exchange Student, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • 11/2007 B.A. European Studies, Universität Osnabrück



Ademmer, E., Langbein, J., Börzel, T. A. (2019) "Varieties of Limited Access Orders: The nexus between politics and economics in hybrid regimes", Governance. Online first. Link Supplementary Material

Ademmer, E., Leupold, A., Stöhr, T. (2018) "Much ado about nothing? The (non-) politicisation of the European Union in social media debates on migration", European Union Politics. Online first. Link

Ademmer, E. (2018) "Capitalist Diversity and Compliance: Economic Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe after EU Accession", Journal of European Public Policy, 25(5), 670-689.

Beckmann, J., Ademmer, E., Belke, A., Schweickert, R (2017) “The Political Economy of the Impossible Trinity”, European Journal of Political Economy, 47: 102-123.

Ademmer, E., Delcour, L. (2016) "With a little help from Russia? The European Union and visa liberalization with post-Soviet states", Eurasian Geography and Economics, 57(1): 89-112.

Ademmer, E., Delcour, L., Wolczuk, W. (2016) "Beyond Geopolitics: exploring the impact of the EU and Russia in the ‘contested neighborhood’", Eurasian Geography and Economics, 57(1): 1-18..

Ademmer, E., Dreher, F. (2016) "Constraining Political Budget Cycles: Media Strength and Fiscal Institutions in the Enlarged EU", Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(3): 508-524.

Ademmer, E. (2015) "Interdependence and EU-demanded policy change in a shared neighbourhood", Journal of European Public Policy, 22(5): 671-689.

Ademmer, E., Börzel, T. (2013) "Migration, energy and good governance in the EU’s Eastern neighborhood", Europe-Asia-Studies, 65(4): 581-608.



Ademmer, E. (2017) "Russia’s impact on EU policy transfer to the post-Soviet space: The contested neighborhood", London: Routledge, besprochen in: Democratization, DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2017.1341494

Ademmer, E., Delcour, L., Wolczuk, W. (Eds.) (2016) "Beyond Geopolitics: the impact of the EU and Russia in the contested neighbourhood", Special issue in Eurasian Geography and Economics, 57(1).



Langbein, J., Ademmer, E. (2019): "Varieties of Limited Access Orders in the Eastern Partnership countries: Implications for EU engagement", EU-STRAT Policy Brief, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. Link.

Ademmer, E., Eger, J., Hudson, D., Schneider, S., Stöhr, T., van Heerde-Hudson, J. (2019): "Comforting immigration critics? Public opinion toward development aid as a tool to reduce refugee inflows to Germany", MEDAM Policy Brief, Kiel: Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Link.

Ademmer, E., Stöhr, T. (2018): "Europeans are more accepting of immigrants today than 15 years ago: Evidence from eight waves of the European social Survey", MEDAM Policy Brief, Kiel: Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Link.

Ademmer, E., Langbein, J., & Börzel, T.A. (2018): "Varieties of Social Orders: The political and economic fundamentals of hybrid (in)stability in the post-Soviet space”, EU-STRAT Working Paper No.11, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

Ademmer, E., Stöhr, T. (2018) "The impact of security-related events on attitudes towards migration", in: 2018 MEDAM Assessment Report on Asylum and Migration Policies in Europe, Kiel: Institut für Weltwirtschaft.

Ademmer, E., Lissovolik, Y. (2018) "Thoughts on Inclusive Economic Integration", in: S. Charap, A. Demus, and J. Shapiro (eds.): Getting Out From “In-Between”: Perspectives on the Regional Order in Post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia, Washington, DC: RAND Corporation, 25-32.

Ademmer, E., Bencek, D., Stöhr, T. (2017) "Determinants of public attitudes towards immigrants and immigration", in: MEDAM Assessment Report on Asylum and Migration Policies in Europe, Kiel: Institut für Weltwirtschaft.

Ademmer, E., Boeing-Reicher, C., Boysen-Hogrefe, J., Gern, K.-J, Stolzenburg, U. (2016) "Euro-area fiscal stance: definition, implementation and democratic legitimacy", Studie im Auftrag des Ausschusses Wirtschaft und Währung (ECON) des Europäischen Parlaments, Brüssel: Europäisches Parlament.

Ademmer, E. (2016) "Zu den möglichen Auswirkungen eines ‘Brexit’", IfW-Box, in: Kieler Konjunkturbericht No. 15 (2016/Q1), 32f.

Ademmer, E., Barsbai, T, Lücke, M., Stöhr, T. (2015) "30 Years of Schengen: Internal Blessing, External Curse?", IfW Policy Brief No.88.

Ademmer, E., Melnykovska, I., Schweickert, R. (2013) "Warum die Freihandelsofferte der EU nicht zieht: Lehren aus dem Debakel von Vilnius", IfW Fokus Nr.154, Kiel: Institut für Weltwirtschaft.

Ademmer, E. (2012) "The process of visa facilitation in the European neighbourhood - a tool in need of refinement", in: K. Böttger and T.A. Börzel (eds.) Policy change in the EU‘s immediate neighbourhood: a sectoral approach, Berlin: Nomos: 98–118.

Ademmer, E. (2011) "Erweiterte Heimat wider alle Politik", Armenisch-Deutsche Korrespondenz ADK 154(4): 66-67, Buchrezension von N.Genov and T.Savvidis (eds.) Transboundary Migration in the Post-Soviet Space: Three Comparative Case Studies, Frankfurt: Peter Lang Verlag.

Ademmer, E. (2011) "You make us do what we want! The usage of external actors and policy conditionality in the European neighborhood", KFG Working Paper No.32, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.