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.