Kai Arzheimer



I am professor of Political Science at the University of Mainz.

My main research interests are the comparative analysis of micro data and comparative political sociology,elections and electoral behaviour, Extreme Right / Radical Right / Populist Right parties in Europe, German Politics, and Research Methods and the Sociology of Knowledge.


  • Media: I regularly comment on German and European parties and their voters, and on political extremism
  • Research Methods: I have been teaching methods, statistics and software in academic settings since 1996 and offer consultancy and in-house seminars



Latest research video:

The Radical Right Bibliography: Spring 2020 update
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From the blog

Radical Right Wing Populism is not dead (Interview with the Financial Times)

I had a chat with the Financial Times about the current woes of the AfD and some other Radical Right parties. As journalists are prone to do, they somehow managed to bury the lede. But it still makes for an interesting read (I think). BTW, the first time you click on the link, you should…


SWR-Film “Wie funktioniert Demokratie?”

Zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit hat der SWR ein kurzes Explainer-Video produziert. Aus Anlass der Corona-Demos spreche ich darin über Grenzen der Demokratie.


Two thoughts on 3 decades of German unification

There is this journalist in Slovakia who occasionally sends me questions about the Radical Right and or Germany. It’s one of these wonderful relationships that the internet makes possible: we have never met in person, never even spoken on the phone, but for years we have been swapping messages and ideas. On the occasion of…