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Dr. Matthias Fatke

Dr. Matthias Fatke



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

Room: H 103
Phone: +49 (0) 89/2180-9076
Fax: +49 (0) 89/2180-9072

Office hours:
Tuesday 15:00-16:00 p.m. (during the semester)

In the semster break only by arrangement.

Further Information

Courses in summer term 2018:

Research Focuses:

  • Comparative Politics, Democracy Research, Political Behaviour and Attitudes, Political Psychology

Third-party funded project: Hybrid Organizations in local crisis management

Third-party project funded by the BMBF and in cooperation with Steffen Eckhard (LMU München), Wolfgang Seibel (University of Konstanz) and Florian Roth (ETHZ). The project investigates how local administrations in Germany within and below the level of "Landkreise" practice crisis management and how they are able to contribute to the development of social capital. Aims of the project are to measure administrative behavior systematically as well as its impact on social cohesion in order to formulate concrete recommendations for action on the basis of the results.

More information:

Selected Publications:

  • Invalid Voting in German Constituencies. German Politics 26(2): 273-291, 2017 (with Till Heinsohn).
  • Personality Traits and Political Ideology: A first global assessment. Political Psychology 38(5): 881-899, 2017.
  • Außer Protesten nichts gewesen? Das politische Potenzial der AfD. Politische Vierteljahresschrift
    57(2): 276–299, 2016 (with Tobias Schwarzbözl).
  • Participatory Effects of Regional Authority: Decentralisation and Political Participation in Comparative Perspective. West European Politics 39(4): 667-687, 2016.
  • Behavioural Primes in the Voting Booth: Further evidence of priming effects in popular votes and elections. Electoral Studies 40: 315–321, 2015.
  • Participation and Political Equality in Direct Democracy: Educative Effect or Social Bias. Swiss Political Science Review 22(1): 99-118, 2015.
  • Allure or Alternative? Direct Democracy and Party Identification. Party Politics 20(2): 248-260, 2014.
  • Direct democracy and political trust: Enhancing trust, initiating distrust–or both? Swiss Political Science Review 20(1): 49-69, 2014 (with Paul C. Bauer).
  • Direct Democracy: Protest Catalyst or Protest Alternative? Political Behavior, 35(2): 237-60, 2013 (with Markus Freitag).

Under Review:

Working Paper:

Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Mittelbau-representative of Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science (Faculty 15) in the ethics committee


  • American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science Review, Government and Opposition, Journal of Individual Differences, Journal of Institutional Economics, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Social Science Research, Societies, Swiss Political Science Review, West European Politics.

Academical Education:

  • 10/2014 - today: Postdoctoral Resarcher at the Chair of Comparative Political Science, University of Munich (Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Edgar Grande)
  • 2014: Graduation "Dr. rer. soc." at the University of Bern (Dissertation topic: The Political Sociology of Direct Democracy)
  • 10/2010 - 10/2013: Research Assistant at the Chair for Comparative Political Science at the University of Konstanz 
  • 09/2011 - 10/2014: Assistent at the Chair for Political Sociology, University of Bern (Chairholder: Prof. Dr. Markus Freitag)
  • 10/2008 - 09/2010: Study of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, Degree: European Master in Government
  • 09/2009 - 09/2010: Study of Political Science at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Degree: Master of Research in Political Science