School of Social and Political Science

Charlotte Rommerskirchen

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Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

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Charlotte Rommerskirchen is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. Her research and teaching focus on the politics of sovereign debt, as well as the global political economy more broadly.

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 management 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 interests

Research interests

European Union, Financial markets, Mixed methods, International political economy, Comparative political economy, Debt management

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International Political Economy

Topics interested in supervising

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

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Staff Hours and Guidance

During term, my office hours are from 9.30 to 11.30 on Wednesday. Please book a slot.




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MacKenzie D, Hardie I, Rommerskirchen C, Van der Heide A. Why hasn’t high-frequency trading swept the board? Shares, sovereign bonds and the politics of market structure. Review of International Political Economy. 2020 Mar 30;N/A:1-25.
Rommerskirchen C. Foreign bond investors and market discipline. Competition and Change. 2020 Jan 1;24(1):3-25.
Hardie I, Henderson A, Rommerskirchen C. The impact of Treasury yields on US presidential approval, 1960-2010. New Political Economy. 2020;25(6):1022-1040.
Rommerskirchen C. EU Fiscal Policy Coordination in Hard Times: Free Riders on the Storm. 1 ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 240 p.
Rommerskirchen C, Snaith H. 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. New Political Economy. 2018 Jul 4;23(4):391-406.
Howarth D, Rommerskirchen C. Inflation aversion in the European Union: Exploring the myth of a North-South divide. Socio-Economic Review. 2017 Apr 1;15(2):385–404.
Rommerskirchen C. Research note: Fiscal rules, fiscal outcomes and financial market behaviour. European Journal of Political Research. 2015 Oct 25;54(4):836-847.
Rommerskirchen C. Debt and punishment: Market discipline in the Eurozone. New Political Economy. 2015 Sep 3;20(5):752-782.
Lemay-boucher P, Rommerskirchen C. An empirical investigation into the Europeanization of fiscal policy. Comparative European Politics. 2015 Jul;13:450-470.
Rommerskirchen C (Author). The Wayward Bicycle: European Integration and Investor Confidence Edinburgh: European Futures. 2015.
March L, Rommerskirchen C. Out of Left Field? Explaining the Variable Electoral Success of European Radical Left Parties. Party Politics. 2013.
Howarth D, Rommerskirchen C. A Panacea for all Times? The German Stability Culture as Strategic Political Resource. West European Politics. 2013;36(4):750-770.