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. (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).



Ademmer, E., Leupold, A., Stöhr, T. (forthcoming) “Much ado about nothing? The (non-) politicisation of the European Union in social media debates on migration”. European Union Politics.

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., 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.