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

Repost: Hindu nationalism

Another place where democracy and people are dying 👇 [The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads] How Hindu supremacists are tearing India apart #theGuardiansAudioLongReads


A defection from the #AfD brings the number of parties in Germany’s parliament to 8. It could not matter less

When Lucke and his supporters left the AfD in 2015, they founded a new party called ALFA. Because another group with a similar name already existed, they had to change it to LKR, which stands for liberal-conservative reformers. This label neatly encapsulates Lucke’s vision for the AfD. It’s a brand that helped him to establish…


Die AfD und die GeflĂĽchteten: Interview mit dem Handelsblatt

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Wie wichtig war die sogenannte FlĂĽchtlingskrise fĂĽr die AfD? Wie hat sich die Partei entwickelt, und was ist fĂĽr die Zukunft zu erwarten? Mit Dietmar Neuerer vom Handelsblatt habe ich ausfĂĽhrlich ĂĽber diese und andere Fragen zur AfD gesprochen. [contentcards url="https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/interview-wie-angela-merkel-die-afd-vor-dem-untergang-bewahrte/26143854.html" target="_blank"]