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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bartek Pytlas

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bartek Pytlas

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In Summer 2021 Bartek Pytlas is serving as Interim Professor of Societies in Central and Eastern Europe at the Institute of Sociology, LMU Munich.


Comparative Party Politics
Political Sociology
Radical right politics
Anti-establishment politics and populism
Democracy and representation
Computer-assisted qualitative content analysis


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Politische Systeme und Europäische Integration
Oettingenstrasse 67
80538 München

Room: G107
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 9044
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 9044

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Dr. Bartek Pytlas studied Social and Cultural Sciences as well as European Studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and the University of Århus. In Frankfurt (Oder) he worked and researched at the Collegium Polonicum, the Chair of European Studies and the Chair of Comparative Politics. In the years 2011-2014 his dissertation project on the influence of party competition on the electoral fortune of radical right parties in Central and Eastern Europe (supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Minkenberg) was funded by a scholarship of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Bartek Pytlas received his doctoral degree in Comparative Politics (summa cum laude) from the University Viadrina in 2014. Subsequently he worked on a research management project at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Afterwards he moved to the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where in the Summer Term 2015 he served as Interim Professor of Political Economics of Central and Eastern Europe. 2015-2018 he was Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a.Z.) in Political Systems and European Integration at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Since October 2018 he is Principal Investigator in his project „Anti-Establishment Politics in Europe: Issue Entrepreneurship, Voting Patterns and Counter-System Strategies of Representation”. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In Summer 2021 Bartek Pytlas is serving as Interim Professor of Societies in Central and Eastern Europe at the Institute of Sociology, LMU Munich

The works of Bartek Pytlas have been published i.a. with West European Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Patterns of Prejudice, Sociology Compass. He served as a reviewer for the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Party Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, East European Politics, among others. He is a member of Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft, as well as the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy.

His book „Radical Right Parties in Central and Eastern Europe: Mainstream Party Competition and Electoral Fortune” appeared 2016 with Routledge. The book has been awarded with the Gero Erdmann Comparative Area Studies Award 2018, awarded by the Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft/Governance and Politics (ZfVP), the comparative political science journal of the German Political Science Association.

His research interests include radical right politics, anti-establishment politics and populism in Europe; transformation of societies and party system change in Europe; democracy and representation; party competition; computer-assisted qualitative content analysis.