Comparative Analysis of Micro Data: Attitudes and Electoral Behaviour
Most of my work in this field is micro-quantitative, i.e. concerned with the behaviours, beliefs, and attitudes of individuals in various (national) contexts.
East vs West: Germany and Europe
In some ways, Germany’s unification can be seen as a field experiment (with no controls). More than 20 years after the merger, economic, social and political conditions in both parts of Germany differ markedly, and so do attitudes and behaviour. I have published widely (but mostly in German) on intra-German differences. Two recent specimen include my analysis of the impact of regional differences on the result of the 2009 Bundestag election (a similar contribution on the 2013 election is under way) and a chapter on diverging attitudes towards the German welfare state. I have also published on value orientations in Western and Central/Eastern Europe (alas, also in German).
Electoral Behaviour in Western Europe
Much of my work looks into the impact of contextual factors (broadly defined) on electoral behaviour in Western Europe. I’m particularly interested in Extreme Right voting. A recent contribution is my study of competition for the Working Class vote. I also try to locate Germany’s new right-wing party within the broader family of European Far Right parties.
Macro-Quantitative Analysis: France & More
Although not a subdomain of Comparative Politics proper, the availability of subnational data in Europe has opened up a whole host of exciting possibilities for subnational analyses. I have published an article on the perils of subnational analyses in France (with Liz Carter) and another one predicting French legislative elections at the departemental level (with Jocelyn Evans), and want to do more work in this area in the future.