Department of Political Science
Chair of Comparative Political Science
Phone: 089 / 2180-9090
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.
- Put in the spotlight or largely ignored? Emphasis on the Spitzenkandidaten by political parties in their online campaigns for European elections. Journal of European Public Policy (online first), 2018 (with Daniela Braun).
- Außer Protesten nichts gewesen? Das politische Potenzial der AfD. Politische Vierteljahresschrift 57(2): 276–299, 2016 (with 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3062606 (with Matthias Fatke).
- How issue salience among parties is moderated by the media (with Matthias Fatke and Swen Hutter).
- 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: http://jmce.unc.edu/conferences/europe-2017 (with Edgar Grande).
- How can the politicization of immigration in Western Europe be explained? (under review) (with Edgar Grande and Matthias Fatke).
- Intra-Party Conflict as a Constraint on Party Strategies. Paper presented at the CES 2016 Conference in Philadelphia (with Edgar Grande and Alena Kerscher).
- Public Opinion and Party Strategies, Chapter prepared for the Book “Strategies and Dynamics of Politicizing Europe” (with 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) (with Daniela Braun).
Information Communication & Society, Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS).
Courses from previous semesters:
- WiSe 17/18: Grundkurs: Das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (15008) [Evaluation]
- WiSe 17/18: Grundkurs: Das politische System der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (15014) [Evaluation]
- 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]