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Tobias Schwarzbözl, M.A.

Tobias Schwarbözl, M.A.

Research Assistant


Department of Political Science
Chair of Comparative Political Science
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich

Room: G 111
Phone: 089 / 2180-9090

Office hours:
By arrangement.

Further Information

Courses in Winter Term 2017/18:

Research Focuses:

Political Behaviour, Political Parties, Political Communication, Voting Behaviour, European Integration

Dissertation Project: Exploring party behavior in varying circumstances

Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Edgar Grande (WZB Berlin), Prof. Dr. Berthold Rittberger (LMU München)

The main argument of the research project is that explanations of party behaviour are contingent upon type of party and context, because both variables strongly affect a party’s own strategic considerations on the one hand and the degree to which it is able to act accordingly on the other hand. To test this idea, party behaviour for different actors in varying environments is examined. Concerning characteristics the party level, the study rests its focus especially on differences between mainstream and challenger parties. With regard to context conditions, it places particular weight on different channels of party communication (mass media, party manifestos and social media). The project contributes to the understanding of party competition in two ways. First, it provides a systematic empirical assessment of the validity of existing insights in varying situations. Second, it advances the theoretical understanding of party behaviour by stressing that strategic considerations of political parties vary between different types of parties and play out differently depending on the platform on which they compete.

DFG-Project: European elections and political structuring. A comparative analysis

Academic publications:

  • Außer Protesten nichts gewesen? Das politische Potenzial der AfD. Politische Vierteljahresschrift 57(2): 276–299, 2016 (mit Matthias Fatke).
  • How political parties use social media for issue competition. Evidence from the 2015 Election to the British House of Commons. Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference in Oslo (Sept. 2017).
  • Identifying populist party communication on social media. Paper presented at the ECPR General Conference in Oslo (Sept. 2017), Available at SSRN: (mit Matthias Fatke).
  • How issue salience among parties is moderated by the media (mit Matthias Fatke und Swen Hutter).
    The role of lead candidates in EP elections. Under review (mit Daniela Braun).
  • The Politicization of the EU in the United Kingdom. Paper presented at the “Rejected Europe. Beloved Europe. Cleavage Europe” Conference at the EUI Florence, Avaialble online: (mit Edgar Grande).
  • How can the politicization of immigration in Western Europe be explained? (under review) (mit Edgar Grande und Matthias Fatke).
  • Intra-Party Conflict as a Constraint on Party Strategies. Paper presented at the CES 2016 Conference in Philadelphia (mit Edgar Grande und Alena Kerscher).
  • Public Opinion and Party Strategies, Chapter prepared for the Book “Strategies and Dynamics of Politicizing Europe” (mit Martin Dolezal).
  • Representation of a multifaceted Europe: An empirical study on the link between party’s EU issue emphasis and public opinion over different types of European issues, Vorgestellt auf der Drei-Ländertagung der DVPW in Heidelberg (2016) (mit Daniela Braun).



Information Communication & Society, Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS).

 Courses from previous semesters:

  • SoSe17: Politische Parteien in der EU (10-12 Uhr) [Evaluation]
  • SoSe17: Politische Parteien in der EU (14-16 Uhr) [Evaluation]
  • Wise16/17: Grundkurs: Das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (10-12 Uhr) [Evaluation]
  • Wise16/17: Grundkurs: Das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (14-16 Uhr) [Evaluation]
  • SoSe16: Großbritannien in vergleichender Perspektive [Evaluation]
  • Wise15/16: Grundkurs: Das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland [Evaluation]
  • SoSe15: Großbritannien in vergleichender Perspektive [Evaluation]
  • Wise14/15: Grundkurs: Das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland [Evaluation]