Comparative welfare states, comparative federalism (including multilevel governance and devolution), Europeanization, international governance.
Prof. López-Santana received her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006. Prior to joining George Mason University as an Assistant Professor of Politics and Government she was a ‘Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow’ at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).
Her main fields of study are Comparative Politics, as well as International Relations. Her research and teaching interests include comparative welfare states and social policy; comparative federalism; European Union Politics and Europeanization; new modes of governance and soft law; legalization, internationalization and compliance. She has written various articles on soft law, Europeanization, and social policy (see ‘Selected Publications’).
Prof. López-Santana is currently working on a book project on the institutional re-design of welfare states across advanced industrial states. During the academic year 2010-2011, she will be a MAPP Mundus Visiting Scholar in Barcelona, Spain.
“Soft Europeanization?: The Differential Influence of the European Employment Strategy in Belgium, Spain, and Sweden.” In Heidenreich, M. and Zeitlin, J. (eds.) (2009) Changing European Welfare and Employment Regimes: The Influence of the Open Method of Coordination on National Labour Market and Social Welfare Reforms (EUI/Routledge Studies on the Political Economy of Welfare, Routledge).
“Having a Say and Acting: Assessing the effectiveness of the European Employment Strategy as an intra-governmental coordinative instrument” European Integration Online Papers (2009), Vol 13.
“The Internalization of the European Employment Strategy in Spain?” Revista Española de Derecho Europeo (Spanish Journal of European Law) (2007) Vol. 21: 57-87. “Framing and Transmitting Change in Employment Policy: Domestic Implications of European Soft Law on Member States,” Journal of European Public Policy (2006) Vol. 13 (4): 481-499.