Emeritus Professor William Paterson

Emeritus Professor

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2000
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1994
  • PhD (LSE) 1972
  • MSc(LSE) 1965
  • MA (Hons) Political Science and Modern History, 1964
  • Officers Cross of the German Order of Merit, 1998
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire, 1998


Lecturer in IR, Aberdeen University, 1967-1970

Succession of posts in the Politics Dept at Warwick University culminating in Chairman of the Dept, 1970-1990

Salvesen Professor and Director of the Europa Institute, Edinburgh University, 1990-1994

Director Institute for German Studies and Professor of German and European Politics ,Birmingham,1994-2008 with break in 2005-2006

Postgraduate supervision

Supervised 36 successful PhD’s.  Examined 37.


  • Germany and the European Union
  • Social Democracy in Western Europe

Other activities

Hon Vice President of the International Association for the Study of German Politics, 2000

Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association for the Study of German Politics, 2004

Lifetime Award in European Studies by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies, 2007

Special Recognition Award of the Political Studies Association for’ground breaking work on German Politics, British German relations and European Integration‘, 2011

Co founder and co editor of ‘German Politics, 1991-2001

Co editor of Journal of Common Market Studies, 2003-2008

Co edits The European Union Series, Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics and New Perspectives in German Political Studies for Palgrave


Bulmer, S and Paterson, W.E (2010), Germany and the European Union: From Tamed Power to Normalized Power., International Affairs, 86, 1051-1073

Paterson, W.E (2010) Does Germany Still have a European Vocation?., German Politics, 19, 41-52

Paterson, W.E (2010) Strategy and Politics in the Blair Era in Raschke, J. and Tils, R. Strategie in der Politikwissenschaft: Konturen eines neuen Forschungsfelds, Wiesbaden, VS Verlag, pp 301 322

Paterson, W.E (2010) Foreign Policy in the Grand Coalition ,German Politics, 19, 497 -514

Paterson, W.E (2011) The Reluctant Hegemon? Germany Moves Centre Stage in the European Union, Journal of Common Market Studies, Annual Review, 49, 59 -77

Paterson, W.E (2012) The Political Afterlifes of Geman Chancellors in Theakston, K and De Vries, J (eds) Former Leaders in Modern Democracies: Political Sunsets, Basingstoke, Palgrave, pp 101 -118