Prof. Dr. Christian Breunig

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


I am a Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics & Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. Before coming to Konstanz, I was associate professor in political science at the University of Toronto and held a post-doc position at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. I received my doctorate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. My research concentrates on public policy in advanced democracies, comparative political economy, political methodology, and budgetary politics. I am directing the German Policy Agendas project which is part of the Comparative Agendas Project.


Breunig, Christian, Christine S. Lipsmeyer, and Guy D. Whitten. 2017.  “Political Budgeting from a Comparative Perspective.” Journal of European Public Policy 24(6), 789 – 791

Vliegenthart, Rens, Stefaan Walgrave, Swen Hutter, Emiliano Grossman, Marco Giugni, Ruud Wouters, Frédéric Varone, Anke Tresch, Roy Gava, Sylvain Brouard , Laura Chaques, Christian Breunig, and Will Jennings. forthcoming. "The Media as a Dual Mediator of the Political Agenda Setting Effect of Protest. A Longitudinal Study in Six West-European Countries." Social Forces 95(2), 837-859

Breunig, C, Koski, C. and Workman, "Knot Policy Theory". Policy Studies Journal 44, S123–S132.

Vliegenthart, Rens, Stefaan Walgrave, Frank R. Baumgartner, Shaun Bevan, Christian Breunig, Sylvain Brouard, Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Emiliano Grossman, Will Jennings, Peter Mortensen, Pascal Sciarini, Anke Tresch. 2016. "Do the Media set the Parliamentary Agenda? A Comparative Study in Seven Countries." European Journal of Political Research 55(2), 283 - 301.

Breunig, Christian and Marius Busemeyer. 2012. "Fiscal Austerity and the Trade-off between Public Investment and Social Spending." European Journal of Public Policy 19(6), 921-938.

Breunig, Christian, Xun Cao, and Adam Luedtke. 2012. "Global Migration and Political Regime Type: A Democratic Disadvantage." British Journal of Political Science 42(4), 825-854.

Ahlquist, John S. and Christian Breunig. 2012. Model-Based Clustering and Typologies in the Social Sciences. Political Analysis 20(1):92-112.

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Breunig, Christian and Chris Koski. 2012. The Tortoise or the Hare? Incrementalism, Punctuations, and their Consequences. Policy Studies Journal 40(1): 45-67

Walgrave, Stefaan, W. Lance Bennett, Jeroen Van Laer and Christian Breunig. 2011. Multiple Engagements and Network Bridging in Contentious Politics: Digital Media Use of Protest Participants. Mobilization 16(3): 325-350

Breunig, Christian. 2011. Reduction, Stasis, and Expansion of Budgets in Advanced Democracies. Comparative Political Studies. 44 (8): 1060-1088

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Breunig, Christian and Achim Goerres. 2011. Searching for Electoral Irregularities in an Established Democracy: Applying Benford's Law Tests to Bundestag Elections in Unified Germany. Electoral Studies 30 (3): 534-545

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Breunig, Christian and Rose Ernst. 2011. Race, Inequality, and the Prioritization of Corrections Spending in the American States. Race and Justice 1 (3):233-253

Breunig, Christian and Bryan D. Jones. 2011. Stochastic Process Methods with an Application to Budgetary Data. Political Analysis 19 (1): 103-117

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Lundsgaarde, Erik, Christian Breunig, and Aseem Prakash. 2010. Instrumental Philanthropy: Trade and the Geographical Distribution of Foreign Aid. Canadian Journal of Political Science 43 (3): 733-761

Breunig, Christian, Chris Koski and Peter B. Mortensen. 2010. Stability and Punctuations in Public Spending: A Comparative Study of Budget Functions. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20 (3): 703-722

Breunig, Christian, Chris Koski and Peter B. Mortensen. 2009. Les Dynamiques Budgétaires Dans Une Perspective Comparée. Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée 16 (3): 441-462

Brouard, Sylvain, John Wilkerson, Frank R. Baumgartner, Arco Timmermans, Shaun Bevan, Gerard Breeman, Christian Breunig, Laura Chaqués, Christopher Green-Pedersen, Will Jennings, Peter John, Bryan D. Jones, and David Lowery. 2009. Comparer Les Productions Législatives: Enjeux Et Méthodes. Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée 16 (3): 381-404

Breunig, Christian and Chris Koski. 2009. Punctuated Budgets and Governors' Institutional Powers. American Politics Research 37 (6): 1116-1138

Jones, Bryan D., Frank R. Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, Christopher Wlezien, Stuart Soroka, Martial Foucault, Abel François, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Peter John, Chris Koski, Peter B. Mortensen, Frédéric Varone, and Stefaan Walgrave. 2009. A General Empirical Law of Public Budgets: A Comparative Analysis. American Journal of Political Science 53 (4): 855-873

Baumgartner, Frank R., Christian Breunig, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Bryan D. Jones, Peter B. Mortensen, Michiel Nuytemans and Stefaan Walgrave. 2009. Punctuated Equilibrium in Comparative Perspective. American Journal of Political Science 53 (3): 603-620

Breunig, Christian. 2008. Legislative Politics in Germany: Some Lessons and Challenges. German Politics 17 (3): 383-394

Bennett, W. Lance, Christian Breunig, and Terry Givens. 2008. Communication and Political Mobilization: Digital Media and the Organization of Anti-Iraq War Demonstrations in the U.S. Political Communication 25 (3): 269-289

Breunig, Christian and Adam Luedtke. 2007. What Motivates the Gatekeepers? Explaining Governing Party Preferences on Immigration. Governance 21 (1): 123-146

Jones, Bryan D. and Christian Breunig. 2007. Noah and Joseph Effects in Government Budgets: Analyzing Long-Term Memory. Policy Studies Journal 35 (3): 329-348

Lundsgaarde, Erik, Christian Breunig, and Aseem Prakash. 2007. Trade versus Aid: Donor Generosity in an Era of Globalization. Policy Sciences 40 (2): 157-179

Breunig, Christian. 2006. The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same: A Comparative Analysis of Budget Punctuations. Journal of European Public Policy 13 (7): 1065-1081

Breunig, Christian and Chris Koski. 2006. Punctuated Equilibria and Budgets in the American States. Policy Studies Journal 34(3): 363-379