News

  •  The Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science
    Association awarded the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award 2019 to
    the Comparative Agendas Project, which is co-led by Christian Breunig.  Our
    research group is responsible for the German Agendas.
  • Christian Breunig and Jonathan Klueser will present their paper "Do Ministries really have a Natural Habitat? Ministerial issue dominance in four European countries." at the upcoming American Politicial Science Association Meeting in Washington, DC.
  • Christian Breunig presents a paper titled "Political Elites and their Attitudes toward Income Inequality." at the meeting of the DVPW's Political Economy Section  in Konstanz.
  • Oxford University Press published an edited volume by Frank Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, and Emiliano Grossman on the comparative policy agendas. The book details the data-gathering effort undertaken over the past ten years.
  • In December, Chris Koski and Christian Breunig workshopped their book manuscript titled "Issues, Interests and Governors: The Public Government of Public Money" at Reed College.
  • New research assistants joined the working group: Marcel Geissler,  Felix Kube, Nicole Lemke, Phillip Scherer. 
  •  In April, Benjamin Guinaudeau presents his paper on measuring parliamentary influence on policy at the MPSA conference (Chicago).
  •  Sandra Morgenstern was a visiting scholar at the UCLA from January-March 2019.
  •  Chris Adolph, Christian Breunig, and Chris Koski have a forthcoming article titled "The Political Economy of Budget Trade-offs" in the Journal of Public Policy.

News 2018

  • Qixuan Yang, a research assistant in the working group, is an Exchange Scholar at Department of Political Science, Yale University in New Haven, U.S. for an academic year.
  • Several students - Alina Engström, Benedikt Gunkel, Tobias Bertermann, and Rebecca Strauch - completed their research assistance at the working group. Good luck to them! We welcome Jana Schwenk to the team.
  • Sandra Morgenstern was a participant at the 14th Migration Summer School at the European University Institute (EUI) in June/July 2018.
  • Miriam Hänni published the article "Two Sides of the Same Coin? Congruence and Responsiveness as Representative Democracy’s Currencies" together with Daniela Beyer in the Policy Studies Journal. 
  • Miriam Hänni published the article "The three stages of the anti-incumbency vote: retrospective economic voting in young and established democracies" together with Daniel Bochsler in the European Journal of Political Research.
  • Miriam Hänni was a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt from January-March 2018.
  • Christian Breunig, Nathalie Giger, Miriam Hänni, and Denise Traber will present the paper "Governments unequal attentiveness to the priorities of rich and poor" at the conferences EPSA (Vienna), CAP (Amsterdam), APSA (Boston), and DVPW (Frankfurt).
  • Miriam Hänni will present the paper "Unwrapping Losers' Discontent. Understanding the causes of electoral losers' political support" at the 4th Barcelona-Gothenburg-Bergen Workshop on Experimental Political Science in Barcelona.
  • Christian Breunig, Emiliano Grossman, and Miriam Hänni  will present the paper "Responsiveness and Democratic Accountability: Experimental Evidence from a Mixed-Member Proportional System" at the conferences EPSA (Vienna) and APSA (Boston).
  • Christian Breunig, Emiliano Grossman, and Miriam Hänni will present the paper "Conditional Responsiveness and Representation" at the CAP conference in Amsterdam.
  • Sandra Morgenstern joined the working group. She is a PhD student at
    the GSDS and works on migration and networks.
  • Anne-Kathrin Stroppe, a research assistant in the working group, starts
    PhD at GESIS in Cologne. Good luck!
  • The paper “Topping Off and Bottoming Out: Setting Budget Priorities through Executive Power.” by Breunig, Christian and Chris Koski is forthcoming at Policy Studies Journal.

News 2017

  • Bayer, Daniela, Christian Breunig, and Marco Radojevic contributed the chapter “Punctuated Equilibrium Theory.” to Nikolaos Zahariadis and Laurie Buonanno, eds. Routledge Handbook of European Public Policy.
  • New research assistants joined the working group: Alina Engström, Benedikt Gunkel, Tobias Bertermann, Rebecca Strauch, Dominik Kunert, Qixuan Yang
  • Miriam Hänni presented the paper "Occupy the Niche: When Mainstream Parties Appeal to Ethnic Minorities and When they areSuccessful" at the Workshop on Democratic Resilience (democratic  anxieties) in Mainz.
  •  Bailer, Stefanie, Christian Breunig, Nathalie Giger, and Andreas Wuest  presented the paper "Minority MPs in the German Bundestag: Between  Minority Representation and Individual Career Paths.'' at the Comparative Policy Agendas Meeting in Edinburgh.
  • Breunig, Christian and Chris Koski present their paper "Interest Groups and Policy Volatility" at the American Political Science Association  Meeting in San Francisco
  • Breunig, Christian, Emiliano Grossman, and Miriam Hänni present "When Do MPs Respond to Voter Requests?" at the Comparative Policy Agendas Conference in Edinburgh and the American Political Science Association  Meeting in San Francisco
  • Christian Breunig participates at the workshop "Democratic Representation in Comparative Perspective" organized by Florence So at Aarhus University in November
  •  In September 2017, Benjamin Guinaudeau joins the Working Group on Comparative Politics as a PhD student. Welcome!
  • Several research assistants and tutors leave the working group in the summer and start their PhDs. Samuel Müller heads to Mannheim, Jonathan Klüser goes to Aarhus, Marco Radojevic starts in Zurich, and Tim Brackman moves to Princeton. Good luck!
  • In August 2017, Christian Breunig will stay at the Reed College Portland (USA) to work on the project "How the American States Spend Public Monies: Governors, Interest Groups, and Political Issues" with Chris Koski.
  • Tinette Schnatterer was appointed as a research professor (CNRS Researcher) at the Science Po Bordeaux (France).  She will start in October 2017.
  •  Daniela Beyer leaves the Working Group on Comparative Politics and the University of Konstanz at the end of September 2017, as she has completed her PhD on "The Policy Consequences of the European Project: From Politics to Policies in the EU and the Member States".
  • The article "The Media as a Dual Mediator of the Political  Agenda–Setting Effect of Protest. A Longitudinal Study in Six Western  European Countries" by Vliegenthart, R., Walgrave, S., Wouters, R., Hutter, S., Jennings, W., Gava, R., Tresh, A., Varone, F., Grossman, E.,  Beunig, C., Brourard, S., Chaques-Bonafont, L. in Social Forces received the ASCoR Baschwitz Award.
  •  Since April 2017,  Maroussia Favre is an Associated Fellow per Bridge Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study (Zukunftskolleg) affiliated as an Independent Young Researcher with Prof. Christian Breunig in the Working Group of Comparative Politics. She obtained her PhD thesis in the Department of Management, Technology and Economics (MTEC) at ETH Zurich in 2016 and studied physics at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her main interests are in formal modeling and theory building in political science. Comparative politics provides an empirical basis upon which theories and models can be developed. Her current project aims at modeling the connection between relational patterns and the preferences, values, beliefs and norms held by individual or institutional actors in these relationships and networks. Foreseen fields of applications and tests include policy networks, international relations, and public opinion.
  •  Christian Breunig and Miriam Hänni will present a paper entitled "Conditional Responsiveness in France and Germany" at the MPSA annual conference in Chicago.
  •  Annerose Nisser and Miriam Hänni will present the paper "Ethnic Politics and Co-Ethnic Representation: A Field Experiment" at the EPSA in Milan
  • Miriam Hänni will present a paper entitled "When Mainstream Parties Appeal to Minorities and When they are Successful" at the MPSA annual conference in Chicago
  • Christian Breunig will be Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in the spring 2017
  • Miriam Hänni's article "Responsiveness – to Whom? Why the Primacy of the Median Voter Alienates Minorities" has been accepted for publication in Political Studies.
  • A special issue on  "Political Budgeting Across Europe'' by Christian  Breunig, Christine S. Lipsmeyer, and Guy D. Whitten is accepted by  Journal of European Public Policy. The issue includes the article  "Political Budgeting from a Comparative Perspective." by the three Editors

News 2016

  • The Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich awarded Miriam Hänni with a price for the best dissertation
  •  Tinette Schatterer attends the Centre d'Etudes Europénnes, Science Po Paris from October 2016 until June 2016 as a Visiting Research Fellow
  • Tinette Schnatterer published the article "Les sénateurs, nouvelle sociologie" in Pouvoirs numéro 159,  93-100
  • Daniela Beyer and Christian Breunig will present "Individual‐level Determinants of Most Important Problems – Socioeconomic Status vs. Ideological Screening” at the MPSA Annual Conference in Chicago (U.S.)
  • Daniela Beyer will present “Domestic Consequences of the Council Presidency – Pioneering and Agenda-Setting Roles Intertwined” at the MPSA Annual Conference in Chicago (U.S.)
  • Daniela Beyer will present “Domestic Consequences of the Council Presidency – Pioneering and Agenda-Setting Roles Intertwined” at the CAP Conference in Edinburg (UK)

  • Christian Breunig joined the Editoral Board of the Journal of Public Policy

  • The

    article "The Media as a Dual Mediator of the Political Agenda Setting

    Effect of Protest. A Longitudinal Study in Six West-European Countries"

    by  Vliegenthart, Rens, Stefaan Walgrave, Swen Hutter, Emiliano

    Grossman,  Marco Giugni, Ruud Wouters, Fréderic Varone, Anke Tresch,

    Roy  Gava, Sylvain Brouard , Laura Chaques, Christian Breunig, and Will  Jennings was accepted in Social Forces.

  • Christian Breunig was interviewed on the outcome of the US-Election by the SWR

  • Christian Breunig published the

    article "Do the Media set the Parliamentary Agenda? A Comparative Study

    in Seven Countries" in the European Journal of  Political Research

    55(2), 283 -- 301 together with Rens Vliegenthart, Stefaan Walgrave,

    Frank R. Baumgartner, Shaun Bevan, Sylvain Brouard , Laura Chaqué

    Bonafont, Emiliano Grossman, Will Jennings, Peter Mortensen, Pascal 

    Sciarini and Anke Tresch.

  • Christian Breunig published the

    article "Policy Knot Theory" in  Policy Studies Journal 44(S1), 123 --

    132 together with Chris Koski and Samuel Workman.

  • Christian Breunig will attend

    the 3-Länder Tagung Heidelberg (September 29-October 1, 2016). He is

    going to present the paper "Minority MPs in the German Bundestag:

    Between Minority Representation and Individual Career Paths"

    with Stefanie Bailer, Nathalie Giger and Andreas Wüst.

  • Dr. (des) Miriam Hänni joined the working group at the 1st of June.

  • Daniela Beyer presented

    “Democratic Surplus – Representation in the European Multilevel   System

    of Governance” at the ECPR EU Standing Group Conference in Trento

    (Italy)

  • Daniela Beyer presented

    “Democratic Surplus – Representation in the European Multilevel System

    of Governance” at the EPSA Conference Brussels (Belgium)

  • Daniela Beyer presented “Domestic

    Consequences of the Council Presidency – Pioneering and Agenda-Setting

    Roles Intertwined” at the CAP Conference Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Daniela Beyer presented

    “Democratic Surplus – Representation in the European Multilevel System

    of Governance” at the 3-Länder-Tagung Heidelberg (Germany)

  • Tinette Schnatterer was awarded a 5-year fellowship from the Margarete von Wrangell -Habilitation Programme

    to carry out a research project on democratic responsiveness in

    Germany. The program aims to encourage qualified women scientists to

    complete a postdoctoral Habilitation at a university in

    Baden-Württemberg. The funding gives them the opportunity to remain

    integrated in their teaching and profession, while nevertheless

    completing their research work.

  • Marco Radojevic published:

    Radojevic, Marco (2016) - Die Einsetzung Parlamentarischer

    Untersuchungsausschüsse im Deutschen Bundestag: Welchen Einfluss hat die

    Auffälligkeit eines Themas? In: Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 47.

    Jg. (2016), H. 1, S. 58 – 68.

  • Tinette Schnatterer was accepted in the mentoring program of the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. Mentor: Prof. Vincent Tiberj, Associate Professor, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Centre Emile Durkheim.

  • The Baden-Württemberg-Zertifikat für Hochschuldidaktik was presented to Daniela Beyer on the 28th of January 2016 for obtaining extra qualification in Academic Instruction.

News 2015

  • Tinette

    Schnatterer was awarded with a special mention for her Phd from the

    French Senate; The award ceremony, chaired by the President of the

    Senate, took place the 9th of July 2015 in Paris.

  • Daniela

    Beyer was awarded the Duke Fellowship for a research stay at Duke

    University (North Carolina, USA) following the invitation of Professor

    Georg Vanberg. The Department of Politics and Public Administration

    grants the fellowship for a research visit of four months financed by

    the internationalization funds of the German Excellence Initiative.

  • Christian

    Breunig and Chris Koski have been nominated for the "Best Paper on

    Public Policy Award" for their paper “Reconceiving Policy Change and

    Punctuated Equilibrium - A Typology”, 2015.

  • Chris Koski, Reed College, was a visistor of our working group in June 2015

  • Christian

    Breunig and Tinette Schnatterer presented the paper “When and where

    does gridlock happen?” at the Comparative Policy Agendas Meeting,

    Lisbon, 2015.

  • Daniela

    Beyer and Christian Breunig presented the poster “What we care about –

    Individual-level determinants of MIPs.” Comparative Policy Agendas

    Meeting, Lisbon, 2015.

  • Christian

    Breunig and Heike Klüver presented the paper “Explaining interest group

    density in Germany.” at the Annual Meeting of the European Political

    Science Association, Vienna, 2015.

  • Breunig,

    Christian presented the paper “Legislative Policy-Tradeoffs” at the

    annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San

    Francisco, 2015.

  • Tinette Schnatterer presented the paper "Not in the Mood for Europe" at the ECPR Research Sessions, Nijmegen, June 2015.

  • Tinette

    Schnatterer presented the paper "Une question de style. La mise à

    l’épreuve empirique des typologies de parlementaires" at the Journée

    d’étude Science Po Quanti, Mai 2015.

  • Daniela

    Beyer presented "Neglected Effects of Europeanization in the Member

    States - Policymaking in Europeanized and Sovereign Domains", August

    26-29, 2015 - ECPR Conference Montreal (Canada).

  • Christian

    Breunig presented the paper “Budget Institutions, Punctuations, and

    Fiscal Policy Outcomes” at the Conference on Political Budgeting Across

    Europe Texas A&M University (December 10 & 11 2015)

  • Christian Breunig presented "Die Vielfalt der Politischen Agenda Deutschlands" at the University of Potsdam (November 30 2015)

  • Daniela

    Beyer presented the paper "Neglected Effects of Europeanization in the

    Member States - Policymaking in Europeanized and Sovereign Domains" at

    the ECPR conference in Montreal

News 2014

  • 9th/10th

    of October 2014 at Konstanz University: Workshop „Die politische

    Ökonomie sozialer Ungleichheit im internationalen Vergleich“, organized

    by Michael Becher, Christian Breunig und Marius Busemeyer

  • 16th of June 2014 at Konstanz University - Talk by Michael D. Ward (Duke University): "Predictive Heuristics in Political Science".