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Tim Heinkelmann-Wild

Junior Visiting Scholar

Research Interests: The drivers, varieties, and consequences of multilateral institutions’ contestation.

In his doctoral project “After Exit – Explaining Institutional Resilience and Decay after Hegemonic Withdrawal”, Tim Heinkelmann-Wild explores why some multilateral institutions are resilient after the US withdrew while other institutions decay. As a researcher within the DFG project “Public Responsibility Attribution in the European Union” at LMU Munich, he examines when supranational or national policymakers are hold responsible for contested policies and how they respond to blame. Tim Heinkelmann-Wild is receiving doctoral scholarships by the German National Academic Foundation (“Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”) as well as the Marianne-Plehn-Programme within the Elite Network of Bavaria (“Elitenetzwerk Bayern”).

Tim Heinkelmann-Wild obtained his Bachelor in Political Science and History in 2015 and his Master in Political Science in 2018 at LMU Munich, both times top of his year. During his studies, he received scholarships by the German National Academic Foundation and the “Deutschlandstipendium”. Tim Heinkelmann-Wild previously worked, inter alia, as a research assistant at the Chair of Global Governance as well as at the Chair of International Relations. As an intern, Tim Heinkelmann-Wild gained policy-related experience in international politics, for example at the German Foreign Office’s headquarter in Berlin (Task Force Ukraine) and its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, as well as at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). He is member of the German National Academic Foundation’s selection committee, the Elite Network of Bavaria, and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).


Tim Heinkelmann-Wild


Journal articles

  • 2021: Blame Shifting and Blame Obfuscation: The Blame Avoidance Effects of Delegation in the EU. In: European Journal of Political Research. Forthcoming (with Bernhard Zangl, Berthold Rittberger, and Lisa Kriegmair).
  • 2021: Wann eskalieren westliche Mächte institutionelle Kontestation? Interne Kontrolle, externe Effekte und Modi der Kontestation internationaler Institutionen. [When do Western Powers Escalate Institutional Contestation? Internal Control, External Effects, and Modes of Contestation of International Institutions.] In: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen. Forthcoming (1/2022) (with Benjamin Daßler and Andreas Kruck).
  • 2021: Indirect Governance at War: Delegation and Orchestration in Rebel Support. In: Journal of Conflict Resolution. Online first (with Marius Mehrl).
  • 2021: Dolce far niente? Non-compliance and blame avoidance in the EU. In: West European Politics. Online First (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl). 
  • 2020: To Yield or Shield? Comparing International Public Administrations’ Responses to Member States’ Policy Contestation. In: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. Online First (with Vytautas Jankauskas).
  • 2020: Nicht nur wehrlose Sündenböcke! Schuldvermeidungsstrategien internationaler Organisationen [No Defenseless Scapegoats! Blame Avoidance Strategies of International Organizations]. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift/German Political Science Quarterly 61:4, 725-746 (with Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2020: Disarmed Principals: Institutional Resilience and the Non-Enforcement of Delegation. In: European Political Science Review 12:4, 409-425 (with Moritz Weiss). 
  • 2020: Divided They Fail: The Politics of Wedge Issues and Brexit. In: Journal of European Public Policy 27:5, 723-741 (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl). 
  • 2020: The EU Multi-level System and the Europeanization of Domestic Blame Games. In: Politics and Governance 8:1, 85-94 (with Lisa Kriegmair and Berthold Rittberger). 
  • 2020: Multilevel Blame Games: Blame-shifting in the European Union. In: Governance 33:4, 953-969 (with Bernhard Zangl).
  • 2019: Heroes Welcome! An Exceptional Story of “Good” Refugees in the German Tabloid Discourse. In: Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 14:3, 220–239 (with Daniel Beck and Alexander Spencer).


Book chapters

  • 2021: A Crisis from Within: The Trump Administration and the Contestation of the Liberal International Order. In: Böller, Florian/Werner, Welf (eds.): A Hegemonic Transition? Reconfigurations of Global Economic and Security Orders in the Age of Trump. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 69-86 (with Andreas Kruck and Benjamin Daßler).
  • 2021: Divided They Fail: The Politics of Wedge Issues and Brexit. In: Richardson, Jeremy/Rittberger, Berthold (ed.): The Brexit Policy Fiasco. London: Routledge, 75-93 [reprint] (with Lisa Kriegmair, Berthold Rittberger, and Bernhard Zangl). 978-0367748906
  • 2018: The European Blame Game: Explaining Public Responsibility Attributions in the European Union.
 In: Kruck, Andreas/Oppermann, Kai/Spencer, Alexander (eds.): Political Mistakes and Policy Failures in International Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 171-189 (with Berthold Rittberger and Bernhard Zangl).