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Prof. Dr. Michael Koß

Prof. Dr. Michael Koß

Professor for the Political System of Germany and the EU


21335 Lüneburg, Universitätsallee 1, C4.022
Fon +49.4131.677-2480

Website: German version of this site

Work group

Schumpeter research group “What do parliaments actually do?

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Michael Koß studied Political Science, History and Public Law in Göttingen, Besançon and Uppsala. He received his PhD (supervisors: Profs Peter Lösche, Göttingen, and André Kaiser, Cologne) in 2008. Alongside his PhD, Michael worked in two research projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on the German Left Party and the regulation of personal information in comparative perspective at the universities of Sussex, Oxford and Göttingen. From 2009 to 2012, Michael was a lecturer at the chair of German and European Politics and Government at the University of Potsdam. As of October 2012, Michael is a Schumpeter-Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation. His new research project is entitled: “What do parliaments actually do? Parliamentary agenda powers between legitimacy, effectiveness, and efficiency”. In 2018, he habilitated with a book on the evolution of legislative democracy in Western Europe. Since April 2013, Michael is working at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at the LMU Munich. Since 2014, Michael is a member of the Center for Advanced Studies. In 2014, Michael wa a visiting scholar at Harvard University´s Center for European Studies. Michael works on questions of parliamentarism, party politics and public policy. Conceptually, he is interested in comparative and neo-institutionalist research designs.

Michael Koß on Google Scholar


Winter semester 2018/19:

Summer semester 2018:

Winter semester 2017/18:

Seminar: Theorien des Parlamentarismus (Evaluation)

Winter semester 2016/17:

Seminar: "Populismus und Parlamente" (With Veronika Ohliger, M.A.) (Evaluation)

Summer semester 2016:

Seminar: "Parteien in Europa" (Evaluation)