Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Pollak

Current Position:

  • Director of Webster Vienna Private University
  • Professor of Political Science at Webster Vienna Private University
  • Head of the Political Science Department at the Institute for Advanced Studies (www.ihs.ac.at)
  • Lecturer at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna

Country of Origin: Austria



Courses taught at Webster

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Issues in International Relations: EU Integration
  • Research Methods and Perspectives
  • International Relations: Theory and Practice


  • Habilitation, University of Salzburg 2006
  • Dr.phil (University of Vienna, 1996)
  • Mag.phil. (University of Vienna, 1991)
  • MSc. in Political Theory (London School of Economics, 1997)
  • Postgraduate Studies (Austrian Institute for Advanced Studies, 1994)

Background and Facts

After studying political science and philosophy at the University of Vienna and the London School of Economics, Prof. Pollak joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for European Integration Research as a research fellow. 2003-04 he was invited to the European University Institute in Florence as a Jean Monnet fellow and in 2007-08 he became Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading and Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In September 2009, Prof. Pollak joined Webster as Senior Research Professor, having taught there since 2002.

Time and again he is invited to act as expert evaluator for the European Commission and he is also an evaluator for the European research Council. Prof. Pollak works as reviewer for peer reviewed journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science Review, Government and Opposition, Journal of European Integration, Journal of European Public Policy, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaften, Oxford University Press, or West European Politics. Furthermore, he is the editor of the series „Europa Kompakt“ (WUV/UTB).

Prof. Pollak's current research revolves mainly around two topics: political representation in liberal democracies with a focus on parliamentarism in the European Union and European energy policy. From the very beginning he wanted to build a bridge between integration studies and political theory, two areas which were until recently very much separated. But without conceptual clarification a comprehensive analysis and understanding of the European integration process will not be possible. His research in this area is very much based on the approach of the so-called Cambridge School of Historians around Q. Skinner. Dr. Pollak's second research focus deals with the protracted development of a European energy policy, which comprises the establishment of a single market for energy as well as questions of energy foreign policy.

Selected Recent Publications


  • Repräsentation ohne Demokratie. Kollidierende Modi der Repräsentation in der Europäischen Union, Wien/New York: Springer 2007.
  • Die Energiepolitik der EU, Wien: WUV/UTB 2010 (together with P. Slominski, S. Schubert)


  • ‘Liberalising the EU’s Energy Market: Hard and Soft Power Combined’, in G. Falkner (ed.), The EU’s Decision Traps: Comparing Policies, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010 (jointly with P. Slominski).
  • Representation and Accountability: Communicating tubes?, Special Issue of West European Politics ed. by Ioannis Papadopoulos, forthcoming2010(jointly with C. Lord).
  • Experimentalist but not Accountable Governance? The Role of Frontex in Managing the EU’s External Borders, West European Politics, 32(5), 904-924, 2009 (jointly with P. Slominski).
  • The EU’s Many Representative Modes: Colluding? Cohering?, Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy ed. by P. Mair and J. Thomassen, 17(1), 117-136, 2010(jointly with C. Lord).
  • European administration: Centralisation and fragmentation as means of polity-building?’, in: Special volume of West European Politics “Towards a European Administrative Space?”, ed. by D. Curtin/M. Egeberg 31(4) 2008, 771- 788 (jointly with S. Puntscher Riekmann)