Xavier Fernández-i-Marín

Xavier Fernández i Marín - foto - image I am lecturer at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute (GSI) for Political Science at the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität). My main research line is on the methodology of social sciences, with substantial contributions in public administration, public policy and international relations. I have worked in the fields of global governance, the diffusion of policies and institutions and the processes of development of regulatory agencies. I work also on Internet and e-Government diffusion and other related aspects of the public management of the Information Society.

I have been senior researcher at ESADE Business School working on entrepreneurial roles of end users to shape a green European economy, assistant professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz, research fellow at ESADEgeo (Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) working on the determinants of the cooperation amongst countries and Global Governance, and "Juan de la Cierva" post-doc research fellow at IBEI (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals) from 2009 until 2011 working on the diffusion of regulatory institutions and the accountability of regulatory agencies.

I maintain a blog aimed at Bridging science, social science, research tools and methods to learn about the governance of the world.

I have been involved in the organization of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance in January 2013 and 2014, in the organizing committee of the Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance in Barcelona in 2014, and in the organizing team of the conference Finding Thetas in Europe in Bern in 2012.



Xavier Fernández-i-Marín
Lehrstuhl für Empirische Theorien der Politik
Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Oettingenstraße 67 80538 München
Office 074
+49 (0)89 2180 9087
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Research Publications and Papers

List of publications in peer-reviewed journals and some research papers presented in Conferences, sorted by date of publication.

Policy Sciences (2016)

Rule growth and government effectiveness: why it takes the capacity to learn and coordinate to constrain rule growth, with Christian Adam and Christoph Knill at Policy Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.18637/jss.v070.i09. Online supplementary material. Awarded with the Bureaucracy Research Price of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (2017).

Policy Sciences

Journal of Statistical Software (2016)

Analysis of MCMC Samples and Bayesian Inference, at Journal of Statistical Software (2016). DOI: 10.18637/jss.v070.i09.

Journal of Statistical Software

Regulation & Governance (2015)

Are Regulatory Agencies Independent in Practice? Evidence from Agency Board Members in Spain, with Andrea Bianculli and Jacint Jordana at Regulation & Governance (2015). DOI: 10.1111/rego.12084.

Regulation and Governance

Contemporary Politics (2015)

The emergence of Regulatory Regionalism: transnational networks and the diffusion of regulatory agencies within regions, with Jacint Jordana at Contemporary Politics (2015). DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2015.1010776. Online supplementary material.

Contemporary Politics

Frontiers in Psychology (2015)

EI Competencies as Related but Different Characteristic than Intelligence, with Richard E. Boyatzis, Margarida Trüninger and Joan Manuel Batista Foguet at Frontiers in Psychology (2015), Volume 6, Number 62. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00072.


Journal of Management and Sustainability (2015)

Managing by Sustainable Innovational Values (MSIV): An Asymmetrical Culture Reengineering Model of Values Embedding User Innovators and User Entrepreneurs, with Joao Brillo, Kristine Marin Kawamura and Simon L. Dolan at Journal of Management and Sustainability (2015), Volume 5, Number 3. DOI: 10.5539/jms.v5n3p61.

Edited book: Accountability and Regulatory Governance (2015)

Accountability and Regulatory Governance: Audiences, Controls and Responsibilities in the Politics of Regulation, edited with Andrea Bianculli and Jacint Jordana and published by Palgrave (2015).


Paper on administrative traditions 2015

The World of Regulatory Agencies: Institutional Varieties and Administrative Traditions, with Andrea Bianculli and Jacint Jordana. EPSA 2013 Annual General Conference Paper 786. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2225138, and as a Working Paper at the Jerusalem Papers on Regulation & Governance. (local copy in pdf).

Administrative traditions

Comparative Political Studies (2011)

The Global Diffusion of Regulatory Agencies: Channels of Transfer and Stages of Diffusion, with Jacint Jordana and David Levi-Faur. Published at Comparative Political Studies (2011), 44(10) 1343-1369. DOI: 10.1177/0010414011407466. (local copy in pdf). Get the reference.

Comparative Political Studies

Policy & Internet (2011)

The Impact of e-Government Promotion in Europe: Internet Dependence and Critical Mass, Policy & Internet: Vol. 3: Iss. 4, Article 2. DOI: 10.2202/1944-2866.1093 (local copy in pdf).

Policy and Internet

Other publications

ORCID: 0000-0002-9522-8870 | Google Scholar: Citations and impact

Current Teaching



If you are in doubt between using SPSS or STATA for statistical analysis in social sciences, forget it. Try R. R is a fully programming language and offers great graphical facilities and is very well documented.

I maintain a webpage with resources to help to introduce R into the social sciences, that include some example scripits and how to start with the program.

Introductory documents and scripts to help with some techniques:


Software development

I have developed the ggmcmc package for R. ggmcmc is a suite of graphical tools for analyzing Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations from Bayesian inference.

ggmcmc - aesthetic combinations

My Github account shows the projects in which I am involved, including maintaining the JAGS ebuild for Gentoo.

process_nici.zip (and description) is a python script that reads Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GS-MC) files and organizes samples, compounds and concentrations in a way that is easy to process later by statistical software.

I am member of the Foundation for Open Access Statistics, which promotes free software, open access publishing and reproducible research in statistics.


Links and Data Sources