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.

Staff

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

2017 Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Harfst, Philipp/Dingler, Sarah C. (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]
Lauber, Volkmar (2017). German's Transition to Renewable Energy, in: Lehmann, Timothy C. (Hrsg.): The Geopolitics of Global Energy: The New Cost of Plenty, London, 153–182. [Link]
Maier, Jürgen/Faas, Thorsten/Rittberger, Berthold/Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica et al. (2017). 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, 1–24. [Link]
2016 Eder, Christina/Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Kröber, Corinna (2016). The Higher the Fewer? Patterns of Female Representation across Levels of Government in Germany, in: Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 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, Vol. 69(3), 391–402. [Link]
Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Howell, David/Quinlan, Stephen/Todosijevic, Bojan (2016). Supplementing cross-national surveys with contextual data, in: Wolf, Christof/Joye, Dominique/Smith, Tom W./Fu, Yang-chih (eds.): The Sage Handbook of Survey Methodology, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 670–679. [Link]
Giger, Nathalie/Lefkofridi, Zoe (2016). Alignment of Objectives between Parties and their Electors: The Role of Personal Salience in Political Representation, in: Bühlmann, Marc/Fivaz, Jan (eds.): Political representation: roles, representatives and the represented, London/New York, NY: Routledge, 135–151. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe (2016). Europe at the Crossroads: The Dangers of Economizing on Democracy and the Prospects of Democratie Sans Frontières, in: Hofkirchner, Wolfgang/Burgin, Mark (eds.): Future information society: social and technological problems, London: World Scientific Pub, 373–401. [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Michel, Elie (2016). The Electoral Politics of Solidarity, in: The Strains of Commitment: the Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies, Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
Schmitter, Philippe C./Lefkofridi, Zoe (2016a). Neo-Functionalism as a Theory of Disintegration, in: Chinese Political Science Review, Vol. 1(1), 1–29. [Link]
Schmitter, Philippe C./Lefkofridi, Zoe (2016b). Using Neo-functionalism to understand the disintegration of Europe, in: Magara, Hideko (ed.): Policy change under new democratic capitalism, S.l.: Routledge (forthcoming). [Link]
2015 Fortin-Rittberger, Jessica/Rittberger, Berthold (2015). Nominating Women for EP Elections: Exploring the Role of Political Parties’ Recruitment Procedures, in: European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 54(4), 767–783. [Link]
Huber, Robert/Schimpf, Christian* (2015). Friend or Foe? Testing the Influence of Populism on Democratic Quality in Latin America, in: Political Studies (Early View). [Link]
*Robert Huber and Christian Schimpf finished their MA studies in Political Science at the University of Salzburg in 2015.
Kröber, Corinna (2015). Exploring the Impact of Reserved Seat Design on the Quality of Minority Representation, in: Ethnopolitics (Early View). [Link]
Lefkofridi, Zoe/Schmitter, Philippe C. (2015). Transcending or Descending? European Integration in Times of Crisis, in: European Political Science Review, Vol. 7(01), 3–22. [Link]

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

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