Research focus

Research in Comparative Politics focuses on the impact of political institutions and actors on variables such as democratization, quality of democracy and political representation. In addition, we contribute to the development of quantitative, but also qualitative methods in political science. Since 2013 this area of scholarship has been under the direction of Prof. Jessica Fortin-Rittberger.


The following personnel of the Department of Political Science is doing research and teaches in the field of comparative politics:

Research projects

Currently, the following externally financed research projects are carried out by members of the political science department in the field of comparative politics:


Recent Publications

2019 Niemann, Arne/Zoe Lefkofridi/Philippe C. Schmitter (2019). Neofunctionalism, in: Antje Wiener/Tanja Börzel/Thomas Risse (eds.): European Integration Theories, Third Edition, Oxford, 43–63. [Link]
Ramstetter, Lena/Fabian Habersack (2019). Do women make a difference? Analysing environmental attitudes and actions of Members of the European Parliament, in: Environmental Politics, 1–22. [Link]
2018 Dingler, Sarah C./Corinna Kröber (2018). Warum sich der Gender Gap durch den Reißverschluss nicht schließen lässt: Eine Analyse der Repräsentation von Frauen im österreichischen Nationalrat (JBZ-Working Papers, 46), Salzburg.
Dingler, Sarah C./Kroeber, Corinna/Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica (2018). Do parliaments underrepresent women’s policy preferences? Exploring gender equality in policy congruence in 21 European democracies, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 1–20. [Link]
Harfst, Philipp/Sarah C. Dingler/Jessica Fortin-Rittberger/Julian Noseck et al. (2018). Elusive indeed – The mechanical versus psychological effects of electoral rules at the district level, in: Electoral Studies, 53, 90–98. [Linkl]
Karremans, Jan/Zoe Lefkofridi (2018). Responsive vs. Responsible? Party Democracy in Times of Crisis, in: Party Politics (forthcoming).
Kroeber, Corinna/Vanessa Marent/Jessica Fortin-Rittberger/Christina Eder (2018). Still a glass ceiling? Tracing the limits to women’s representation in elected office, in: Comparative European Politics. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe (2018). Opinion-Policy Congruence, in: Jacques Thomassen/Robert J. Rohrschneider (eds.): Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies, Oxford (forthcoming).
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Nathalie Giger/Anne Maria Holli (2018). Gender Stereotypes and Candidate Selection, in: Politics and Gender (forthcoming).
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Alexia Katsanidou (2018). A Step Closer to a Transnational Party System? Competition and Coherence in the 2009 and 2014 European Parliament: A Transnational Party System?, in: JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 56(6), 1462–1482. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Karremans, Jan (2018). The Political Economy of the European Union, in: E. Vivares (eds.): Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy, London (forthcoming).
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Kristina Weissenbach (2018). The Institutionalisation of New Parties in Europe: (How) Does it matter for Success?, in: Robert Harmel/Lars Svasand/Hilmar Mjelde (eds.): The Institutionalization and De-Institutionalization of Parties: Comparative Cases, Colchester (forthcoming).
Maier, Jürgen/Thorsten Faas/Berthold Rittberger/Jessica Fortin-Rittberger et al. (2018). This time it’s different? Effects of the Eurovision Debate on young citizens and its consequence for EU democracy – evidence from a quasi-experiment in 24 countries, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 25(4), 606–629. [Link]
2017Dingler, Sarah C./Zoe Lefkofridi/Vanessa Marent, Vanessa (2017). The Gender Dimension of Populism, in: Reinhard Heinisch/Oscar Mazzoleni/Christina Holtz-Bacha (eds.): Political Populism: A Handbook, Baden-Baden, 345–360. [Link]
Eder, Christina/Jessica Fortin-Rittberger (2017). Women and Parties in German Assemblies (WaP): ZA5990 Data file Version 1.0.0, GESIS Data Archive, Köln. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica (2017). Strong Presidents for Weak States. How Weak State Capacity fosters Vertically Concentrated Executives, in: Philipp Harfst/Ina Kubbe/Thomas Poguntke (eds.): Parties, Governments and Elites, Wiesbaden, 205–226. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Christina Eder/Corinna Kroeber/Vanessa Marent (2017). How Party Systems Shape Local–National Gender Gaps, in: Government and Opposition, 1–23. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Franz Gmainer-Pranzl (Hrsg.) (2017). Demokratie - Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt, Frankfurt am Main. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Philipp Harfst/Sarah C. Dingler (2017). The costs of electoral fraud: establishing the link between electoral integrity, winning an election, and satisfaction with democracy, in: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 1–19. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Lena Ramstetter (2017). Eine Frage der Perspektive? Ein Blick auf Demokratisierungsprozesse und ihre Begrenzungen, in: Jessica Fortin-Rittberger/Franz Gmainer-Pranzl (eds.): Demokratie - Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt, Frankfurt am Main, 97–113. [Link]
Kroeber, Corinna (2017a). Exploring the Impact of Reserved Seat Design on the Quality of Minority Representation, in: Ethnopolitics, 16(2), 196–216. [Link]
Kroeber, Corinna (2017b). Growing numbers, growing influence? A comparative study of policy congruence between parliaments and citizens of immigrant origin, in: European Journal of Political Research. [Link]
Kröber, Corinna (2017c). Minderheitenrepräsentation in modernen Demokratien - Ein Forschungsfeld der vergleichenden Politikwissenschaft?, in: Jessica Fortin-Rittberger/Franz Gmainer-Pranzl (Hrsg.): Demokratie - Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt, Frankfurt am Main, 177–192. [Link]
Lauber, Volkmar (2017). German's Transition to Renewable Energy, in: Timothy C. Lehmann (ed.): The Geopolitics of Global Energy: The New Cost of Plenty, London, 153–182. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe (2017). Europe at the Crossroads: The Dangers of Economizing on Democracy and the Prospects of Democratie Sans Frontières, in: Wolfgang Hofkirchner/Mark Burgin (eds.): Future information society: social and technological problems, London, 373–401. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Elie Michel (2017). The Electoral Politics of Solidarity, in: The Strains of Commitment: the Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies, Oxford. [Link]
Schmitter, Philippe C./Zoe Lefkofridi (2017). Neo-functionalism to understand the disintegration of Europe, in: Hideko Magara (ed.): Policy Change under New Democratic Capitalism, New York, 171–201. [Link]
2016 Eder, Christina/Jessica Fortin-Rittberger/Corinna Kroeber, Corinna (2016). The Higher the Fewer? Patterns of Female Representation across Levels of Government in Germany, in: Parliamentary Affairs, 69(2), 366–386. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica (2016). Cross-National Gender Gaps in Political Knowledge: How Much Is Due to Context?, in: Political Research Quarterly, 69(3), 391–402. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/David Howell/Stephen Quinlan/Bojan Todosijevic (2016). Supplementing cross-national surveys with contextual data, in: Christof Wolf/Dominique Joye/Tom W. Smith/Yang-chih Fu (eds.): The Sage Handbook of Survey Methodology, Thousand Oaks, CA, 670–679. [Link]
Giger, Nathalie/Zoe Lefkofridi (2016). Alignment of Objectives between Parties and their Electors: The Role of Personal Salience in Political Representation, in: Marc Bühlmann/Jan Fivaz (eds.): Political representation: roles, representatives and the represented, London/New York, NY, 135–151. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe (2016). Europe at the Crossroads: The Dangers of Economizing on Democracy and the Prospects of Democratie Sans Frontières, in: Wolfgang Hofkirchner/Mark Burgin (eds.): Future information society: social and technological problems, London, 373–401. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Elie Michel (2016). The Electoral Politics of Solidarity, in: The Strains of Commitment: the Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies, Oxford (forthcoming).
Schmitter, Philippe C./Zoe Lefkofridi (2016a). Neo-Functionalism as a Theory of Disintegration, in: Chinese Political Science Review, 1(1), 1–29. [Link]
Schmitter, Philippe C./Zoe Lefkofridi (2016b). Using Neo-functionalism to understand the disintegration of Europe, in: Hideko Magara (ed.): Policy change under new democratic capitalism, S.l. (forthcoming). [Link]

Complete lists of publications of the staff members in comparative politics may be found on their personal websites.

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