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Ariadna Ripoll Servent

Professor for Political Science
University of Bamberg

I am particularly interested in the area of European Integration. Specifically I am working on institutions, decision-making, the EU policy process (in particular internal security policies) at the European Union level and in its member states, as well as using constructivist models to study institutional and policy change.


Ariadna Ripoll Servent is Junior Professor of Political Science at the University of Bamberg. Her research interests include European institutions (with a special interest on the European Parliament), decision-making, institutional and policy change as well as internal security policies (in particular, migration, borders and data protection policies). Her research has been published amongst others in the Journal of European Public Policy, European Integration online Papers, Journal of European Integration.


    MA in European Politics, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
    DPhil, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    European Union Institutions
    EU internal security policies
    Institutional and policy change
    Decision-making theories
    Qualitative methods


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Journal of European Public Policy

Do supranational EU institutions make a difference?

Published: Apr 24, 2014 by Journal of European Public Policy
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent and Florian Trauner

This article examines whether the empowerment of the European Union's supranational institutions has had an impact on the development of EU asylum. By systematically investigating EU asylum law before and after ‘communitarization’, it argues that its ‘policy core’ has maintained a high degree of continuity. An advocacy coalition under the leadership of the interior ministers managed to co-opt pivotal actors in the newly empowered European Commission and European Parliament.

Journal of European Public Policy

The role of the European Parliament in international negotiations after Lisbon

Published: Mar 21, 2014 by Journal of European Public Policy
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent

After the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Parliament (EP) can give or withdraw its consent to most international agreements. This new scenario calls for theoretical models that help us to better understand the roles and strategies of European Union (EU) institutions in international negotiations.

Journal of European Public Policy

Holding the European Parliament responsible: policy shift in the DRD

Published: Jun 27, 2013 by Journal of European Public Policy
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent

An increase in the European Parliament's (EP) powers is generally equated with more democratic and legitimate law-making. However, analysis of the Data Retention Directive – negotiated by means of both consultation and codecision – suggests that although the EP has been empowered under codecision its capacity to translate citizens' demands into democratic and transparent outputs has been reduced.

European Integration online Papers

Agency and influence inside the EU institutions

Published: Apr 24, 2013 by European Integration online Papers
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent and Amy Busby

The recent structural changes introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon exemplify the dynamic and constantly evolving nature of the European Union (EU)’s institutional system. Given the gradual empowerment of EU institutions, this Special Issue focuses on bringing agents and agency into the study of EU politics and influence.


The EP as a ‘Norm Taker’? EU-US Relations after the SWIFT Agreement

Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent and Alex MacKenzie

EU-US relations in internal security demonstrated a tendency to be turbulent. As a result, EU-US cooperation has not evolved into a partnership but into an asymmetrical relationship within which the EU has become a 'norm taker' - a recipient of US security norms. With this perspective in mind, it is time to take stock of the changes in the institutional configuration of the EU brought about by the Lisbon Treaty.

Perspectives on European Politics and Society

Is the EP Still a Data Protection Champion? The Case of SWIFT

Published: Nov 22, 2011 by Perspectives on European Politics and Society
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent and Alex MacKenzie

Since the 1970s, the European Parliament (EP) has been active in the area of data protection, even though it lacked the legislative power to have significant impact. The EP favoured strong data protection controls within the EU and it demonstrated this in the case of the EU-US Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreement, for example. With the introduction of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009, the EP gained, among other things, consent over most international agreements.

Journal of Contemporary European Research

Co-decision in the European Parliament: The Return Directive

Published: Sep 24, 2011 by Journal of Contemporary European Research
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent

This study uses rationalist and constructivist explanations of co-decision in the European Parliament (EP). It seeks to understand the change in the policy preferences of the EP during negotiations on the ‘Returns’ directive – dealing with the voluntary or compulsory return of irregular immigrants. This article shows that the introduction of co-decision contributed considerably to the EP’s change of stance on immigration policies.

Journal of European Integration

Playing the Co-Decision Game? Adaption at the LIBE Committee

Published: May 04, 2011 by Journal of European Integration
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent

The introduction of co-decision has transformed the European Parliament (EP), changing the patterns of behaviour inside the institution, especially its committees. The entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon extends the use of co-decision; thus, more EP committees will have to adapt to the new patterns of behaviour set out by the new decision-making rules.

European Security

Point of no return? The European Parliament after Lisbon and Stockholm

Published: May 10, 2010 by European Security
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent

The entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon has raised new expectations in the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ). The extension of co-decision increases the capacity of the European Parliament (EP) to have an influence on decision-making. This article engages with securitisation theories in order to analyse the evolution of the AFSJ as well as the role of its main actors in the securitisation process.

Journal of Contemporary European Research

Setting Priorities: Irregular Immigration and Data Protection

Published: Jun 24, 2009 by Journal of Contemporary European Research
Authors: Ariadna Ripoll Servent

During the months leading to the end of the transitional period (January 2005), most academics and actors involved in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (ASFJ) expected the introduction of co-decision as the normal decision-making procedure in this area to change the balance between security and liberty.