Nov 062011

My default for writing anything that is longer than a page is LaTeX  (possibly via org-mode, if it is short and simple). In fact, the bond that ties me to the LaTeX/Emacs combo is so strong that I want to use it even for texts that are exactly one page long, i.e. conference posters.

CTAN lists a lot of packages and frameworks for posters, but I found most of them too heavy/compl

Political Geography Conference Poster

ex. I don’t create a lot of conference posters and did not want to spend ages putting a few words and graphs on a sheet of glossy paper. At the end of the day, I decided to give beamerp

oster a spin. Beamerposter is an add-on that transforms my favourite presentation package into a poster printing machine. I did not really like the default themes, but Rob Hyndman has created a very alternative nice template that I adapted slightly.

I rather like the result and will go back to the package for the next poster.

Nov 152009

Here is a short presentation on the electorates of the Western European Extreme Right I gave last Thursday at the Collège Doctoral Européen de Strasbourg.

And here is the


  • Clear socio-demographic profile: young, male, working/lower middle class
  • Clear attitudinal profile:
    • Not necessarily fully paid-up extremists
    • But dissatisfied with politics and suspicious of immigrants and elites
  • Little support for disintegration thesis
  • Personality traits and additional factor?
  • Findings in line with theories of values, preferences, group conflict
  • Contextual factors often make a difference

But …

  • Very strong country effects remain after controlling for context
  • Serious limits on the number and quality contextual control variables
  • More/better information on parties needed
  • Comparative media studies sorely lacking
Sep 082008

Like many other people, I just hate PowerPoint. But I had no idea that this pet hate could be the result of a serious
(well) analysis of PP’s ideological flaws. Now I know. Though the original article by scientific idol and graphics guru Edward Tufte (“power corrupts, powerpoint corrupts absolutely“) has been on the internet for five years, I only acame across the graphical analysis while browsing -er- a PowerPoint presentation. Though it’s a good one on research designs.

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Jul 212008
Worldwide mutual citations in Political Science

Worldwide mutual citations in Political Science

Last Saturday, we presented our ongoing work on collaboration and citation networks in Political Science at the
4th UK Network conference held at the University of Greenwich. For this conference, we created a presentation on Knowledge Networks in European Political Science that summarises most of our findings on political science in Britain and Germany and provides some additional international context. The picture on the right shows a subnetwork of about 320 scientists who mutually cite each others’ work. Watch out for the dense IR/methods cluster and the lack of (mutual) connections between the dispersed political sociology and formal methods camps.

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