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B. (Bastian) Michel LLM

Faculty of Law
Constitutional and Administrative Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: 9.06
Postal address
  • Postbus 15557
    1001 NB Amsterdam
Contact details
  • PhD Research


    The Remuneration of Members of Parliament

    Decisions of members of parliament to increase their own pay invariably cause public outrage. The resulting image of a detached, self-interested political class poses a real thread to the functioning of our democracies. Meeting this challenge requires a keen understanding of the underlying constitutional dilemmas. Does the parliamentarian’s role require increased financial independence or is equality to his voters the paramount characteristic of the representative? Is the question of representatives’ remuneration of intrinsically political nature, or can objective criteria neutralize it? Will the legislature’s ultimate accountability to the electorate provide the desired check and how can its effectiveness be ensured in practice? Which role might an outside regulator play and how could it be independent and legitimate at the same time? This PhD research will investigate how Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom answer those questions. It will show commonalities in approach, but also differences that demonstrate a notable divergence in constitutional thinking and practice within Europe.

  • Publications


    • de Boer, N., Michel, B., Nieuwenhuis, A., & Reestman, J-H. (Eds.) (2021). Liber amicorum Besselink: eine Festschrift für Leonard F.M. Besselink hem feestelijk aangeboden in occasione del suo emeritato. Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]


    • Michel, B. (2019). La rémunération du travail politique en Allemagne: Homogénéisation parlementaire, hétérogénéité territoriale. In R. Le Saout (Ed.), La rémunération du travail politique en Europe (pp. 291-310). Berger-Levrault.



    • Michel, B. (2014). Die Abgeordnetendiäten in Westminster - Die Flucht des Unterhauses aus seiner systemverschuldeten Mündigkeit. Die Öffentliche Verwaltung, 67(16), 691-701. [details]


    • Michel, B. (2013). MPs’ Pay under the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009: Approaching the Moment of Truth. Edinburgh Student Law Review, 2(1), 83-86. [details]


    • Michel, B. (2012). Verkiezingsfouten en het onderzoek van de geloofsbrieven: is de Tweede Kamer rechter in eigen zaak? Nederlands Juristenblad, 87(31), 2180-2186. [1814]. [details]


    • Besselink, L. F. M., Swider, K., & Michel, B. (2019). The impact of the UK’s withdrawal on the institutional set-up and political dynamics within the EU. European Parliament, Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs. [details]


    • Reestman, J-H., Nieuwenhuis, A., Michel, B., & de Boer, N. (2021). Inleiding. In N. de Boer, B. Michel, A. Nieuwenhuis, & J-H. Reestman (Eds.), Liber amicorum Besselink: eine Festschrift für Leonard F.M. Besselink hem feestelijk aangeboden in occasione del suo emeritato (pp. 9-16 ). Universiteit van Amsterdam.


    • Michel, B. (2013). [Bespreking van: D.J. Elzinga, et al. (2012) Het Nederlandse kiesrecht. - 3e dr.]. TvCR: tijdschrift voor constitutioneel recht, 4(3), 273-278. [details]


    • Michel, B. (2011). Kieskringen: Ontwikkeling-werkingswijze-alternatief. (Studies en adviezen betreffende het kiesrecht en verkiezingen; No. 3). Den Haag: Kiesraad.


    • Michel, B. (2007). Mathematics of NRC-Sudoku.
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  • Ancillary activities
    • European Constitutional Law Review
      managing editor
    • UvA, FdR
      Managing editor (redactiesecretaris) van de European Constitutional Law Review.