German Politics/Political Sociology

 

Voting, Elections, And Political Extremism

Most of my work centres on parties, voters, and attitudes. I’m particularly interested in right-wing extremism and related phenomena like radicalism, populism, ideologies in general, and political attitudes including value orientations. I’m currently studying Germany’s new right-wing party AfD, which is torn between a conservative-liberal approach to politics and the temptation of going down the right-wing populist path.

Another recurring theme in my work are party identifications. Contrary to (my own) expectations, they stopped fading away a decade or so ago, at least for the time being. I have a working paper on the end of dealignment (?) resilience and the role party identifications played in the 2013 election that will hopefully be published in a not too distant future.

East vs West

Post-unification, Germany has become a much more interesting state. For the last two decades or so, I have studied East-West differences in political attitudes and political behaviour including voting behaviour.

State Level Politics

One fun aspect of being a German psephologist is that there are so many elections at the subnational level. With 16 Länder, there is always something going on. My own research focuses mostly on Rhineland-Palatinate (=Rheinland-Pfalz), Bremen, and Hessen.

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