Dr Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan

Dr Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan

Dr Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan
Senior Lecturer in European Politics

1.04, 4 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 33 11076

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Lecturer in Politics University of East Anglia, Norwich (2000-2006); Member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (2005-2006); Secretary of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (2005-2008); Lecturer in European Politics at Bristol (2006-2007); Senior Lecturer in European Politics since August 2007.


I am currently working on the Brexit negotiations and institutional change in the EU.

I have recently written a number of opinion pieces on Brexit for The Conversation and for the OUPBlog. I have also organised a series of events on Brexit and Bristol in 2016 and 2017 involving key external stakeholders.

I have previously worked on the involvement of civil society and interest groups in EU governance in the context of wider debates on participatory and deliberative democracy. I have written extensively on the impact of EU membership on civil society in the new member states from Central and Eastern Europe through the lens of Europeanization. I have worked on the impact of EU enlargement on the institutionalisation of civil society participation in the EU with a focus on the European Economic and Social Committee and the Social Dialogue and the European Union's new civil dialogue.

I welcome enquires from individuals interested in doctoral or post-doctoral research that coincides with my own research interests specifically civil society, lobbying and global governance, EU enlargement, and Brexit negotiations.


My teaching interests are in European Union politics, civil society and global governance and comparative politics. I am particularly interested in motivating students and helping them develop an independent critical approach to the study of Politics. For this purpose I encourage students to work in small groups during seminars and to engage in problem-solving exercises. Similarly I try to make my lectures as interactive as possible by employing different types of media and encouraging students to reflect on contemporary events. I have been awarded teaching grants by the European Commission's Jean Monnet Programme and the University of East Anglia that rewarded excellence in teaching.  In my role as unit owner for the final year dissertation I convened the first dissertation conference in February 2010. I am the co-editor with Prof. Michelle Cini of one of the leading textbooks in EU Politics (published by Oxford University Press).

I currently convene the following units: Cooperation and Integration in Europe (at UG level) and The Politics of Brexit, Europeanisation, The European Union: Theory and Institutions (at PGT level).  I have previously convened the final year Dissertation unit, Research Design in Political Science and Comparative European Politics

Fields of interest

European governance, civil society and democracy, lobbying regulation, Europeanisation and EU enlargement, Brexit

Key publications

  1. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Smismans, S, 2012, ‘Representativeness, a tool to structure interest intermediation in the European Union?’. Journal of Common Market Studies, vol 50., pp. 403?421
  2. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Smismans, S, 2012, ‘The EU and institutional change in industrial relations in the new Member States’. in: Stijn Smismans (eds) The European Union and Industrial Relations. New Procedures, New Context. Manchester University Press, pp. 116-138
  3. Cini, MMC & Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N, 2013, ‘European Union Politics’. Oxford University Press, Oxford
  4. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Smismans, S, 2010, ‘Commentary: Europeanization, the Third Sector and the Other Civil Society’. Journal of Civil Society, vol 6., pp. 75 - 80
  5. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Smismans, S, 2014, ‘The European Commission and political representation: one crisis too far?’. in: Sandra Kroeger (eds) Political representation in the European Union. Still democratic in times of crisis?. Routledge, pp. 250-287

Latest publications

  1. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Cini, M, 2019, ‘European Union Politics’. Oxford University Press
  2. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N, 2019, ‘Brexit deadline extended: why Brussels chose these dates and what happens now’.
  3. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Juncos, AE, 2019, ‘Enlargement’. in: Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan, Michelle Cini (eds) European Union Politics. Oxford University Press, pp. 266
  4. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N & Cini, M, 2019, ‘Brexit’. in: European Union Politics. Oxford University Press, pp. 406-424
  5. Perez-Solorzano Borragan, N, 2019, ‘EU reaction to Brexit vote defeat – regret, calls for clarity and no-deal preparations’. The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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