Dr Alexandra Hennessy

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr Alexandra Hennessy



Before joining the Government Department I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester's Skalny Center, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clarkson University (NY), and an Associate Professor with tenure at Seton Hall University (NJ). I am committed to studying some of the most important political and economic problems facing the European Union today, such as the consequences of the euro crisis, the design of macro-economic adjustment programs, trade disputes, and EU-China relations. I have developed a research profile in the area of comparative political economy with work that shows how the EU, in interaction with national governments, played a crucial role in the début of the European market for workplace pensions. My research on the euro crisis compares the formal and informal interactions of governments during the bailout negotiations, and investigates how member states and EU institutions evaluate progress in fighting corruption. More recent works analyse the impact of Russia's war against Ukraine on EU-China relations. Articles have appeared in journals such as International Interactions, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Public Policy, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and Journal of European Integration, among others. My book, titled The Europeanization of Workplace Pensions, was published by Cambridge University Press (2014). I am the recipient of the EUSA Best Dissertation Award, as well as honourable mention for the Best Paper presented at the 2007 EUSA conference. I'm always happy to supervise students whose research falls in the broad fields of European Union Politics and Comparative Political Economy.


  • B.A./ M.A. (Diplom) in Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Boston University, Massachusetts


University of Essex

  • Co-convenor of speaker series, Government, University of Essex (17/9/2017 - present)

  • Director of Employability, Government, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - present)


Journal articles (11)

Hennessy, A., (2023). The impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on Sino-European relations. Journal of European Integration. 45 (3), 559-575

Hennessy, A., (2017). Investing in Early Crisis Relief or Reelection?: Comparing German Party Responses to the Euro Crisis. German Politics and Society. 35 (3), 1-23

Hennessy, A., (2017). Good Samaritans vs. Hardliners: the Role of Credible Signalling in Greek Bailout Negotiations. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. 55 (4), 744-761

Hennessy, A., (2016). Inequality in the Workplace: Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea. By Jiyeoun Song. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014. 248p. $49.95.. Perspectives on Politics. 14 (2), 532-534

Hennessy, A., (2015). Skills and Inequality: Partisan Politics and the Political Economy of Education Reforms in Western Welfare States. By Marius R. Busemeyer. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 326p. $99.00.. Perspectives on Politics. 13 (4), 1172-1174

Hennessy, A., (2014). Redesigning financial supervision in the European Union (2009–2013). Journal of European Public Policy. 21 (2), 151-168

Hennessy, A. and Steinwand, MC., (2014). The Sources of Pension Reforms in Western Europe: Domestic Factors, Policy Diffusion, or Common Shock?. International Interactions. 40 (4), 477-505

Hennessy, A., (2013). Informal Governance and the Eurozone Crisis. Journal of Contemporary European Studies. 21 (3)

Hennessy, A., (2011). The Role of Agenda Setting in Pension Market Integration. Journal of European Integration. 33 (5)

Hennessy, A., (2008). Explaining German Selectivity Regarding European Union Pension Directives. Journal of Public Policy. 28 (3)

Hennessy, A., (2008). Economic Interests and the Construction of a European Single Pension Market. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 10 (1)

Books (1)

Hennessy, A., (2014). The Europeanization of Workplace Pensions. Cambridge University Press. 1107041058. 9781107041059

Book chapters (3)

Hennessy, A. and Winanti, P., (2022). EU-Indonesia trade relations. In: A Geo-Economic turn in Trade Policy? EU Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific. Editors: Adriaensen, J. and Postnikov, E., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9783030812805

Hennessy, A. and Winanti, PS., (2022). EU-Indonesia Trade Relations. In: A Geo-Economic Turn in Trade Policy?. Springer International Publishing. 319- 342. 9783030812805

Hennessy, A., (2015). informal governance and the Eurozone crisis. In: the european union beyond the crisis. Editors: Stefanova, B., . Lexington Books. 429- 446

Grants and funding


Patronage politics in Greece's public sector: Did policy conditionality increase performance-based hiring and promotions

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