Citizens, Opinion, Representation

A key concern for this research group is bottom-up processes in advanced democracies.  Many group members study some aspect of political participation or behavior either among the mass public or among elites. Central research topics include:

  • participation, social capital and civil society organizations
  • elections, election campaigns and voting behavior
  • public opinion
  • media and political communication
  • political parties and political representation
  • elite political behavior
  • quantitative, experimental and survey research methods



The research group meets once per month, on Wednesdays from 14:15 to 16, for presentations and discussions of research projects, guest lectures and student presentations of master thesis projects. See the Student Portal for further announcements.