Methods & Sociology of Knowledge


Before becoming professor of German Politics and Political Sociology, I was professor of Empirical Political Science, which sounded much more cool and comprehensive. I’m still very interested in all aspects of collecting and analysing data.

Measurement and Postal Panel Response Rates

Some of my very early work is on the adequate measurement of value orientations and on improving the response rate in mail panel surveys (that was before the internet).

Bias in Surveys

Together with Jocelyn Evans, I have developed a new measure for bias in the survey-based measurement of multinomial variables. We have developed a corresonding add-on for Stata. To use our measure with your survey data, just enter

ssc install surveybias

in Stata, and you’re done. Our add-on has recently (March 2015) been updated and has acquired many new features in the process.

Sociology of Knowledge

Citation analysis is a hobby-horse of mine and Harald Schoen.

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