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Welcome to the website of Prof. Dr. Marius R. Busemeyer!

Welcome to our website! Our main focus is on the international comparison of education systems. Hence, our interests lie within the field of comparative politics, political economy, welfare state research and party politics. Both our research and teaching fall within these fields.

On the following pages you find information on the chair's team, our research, the different research projects, and courses taught at our chair.


Janis Vossiek has sucessfully defended his dissertation "Collective Skill Formation in Liberal Market Economies? The Politics of Training Reforms in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia" and completed his PhD-Studies with the second highest grade magna cum laude.

We welcome Yvonne Ayvar and Susanne Haastert at the Chair of Political Science, especially Policy Analysis and Political Theory. Yvonne Ayvar works as the new secretary and Susanne Haastert is doctoral researcher at the chair.

Our secretary of many years, Margot Beier, has left university and retired. Aurélien Abrassart, former post-doctoral researcher at the chair, started to work at a research institute in Bern, Switzerland. We wish them all the best for their future!

Julian Garritzmann has presented three papers at the MSPA Annual Conference, Chicago.

Prof. Marius Busemeyer and Janis Vossiek have presented their paper “Back to the roots? Institutional Legacies and the Creation of Collective Skill Formation in Liberal Market Economies” at the 4th Congress of the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET, Zollikofen, Schwitzerland, 25. - 27. 3. 2015) and received a best paper award (2nd best paper of the conference).

Prof. Marius Busemeyer gives a course on "The political economy of skills and inequality in Western welfare states" at the Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2015.

On invitation, at the 24th of march Janis Vossiek has presented the results of the OECD-project "Governing Complex Education Systems - Case Study Germany" at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The final report of the project entitled "Reforming education governance through local capacity-building" can be downloaded at the OECD.

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