My research agenda covers different aspects of Empirical Democracy Research. It relates to the fields of Comparative Politics, Political Behavior and Public Opinion Research and draws on theories and approaches from Political Psychology and Political Sociology. I am particularly interested in studying how societal changes and conflicts affect political and social behavior as well as political attitudes and attitudes towards democracy. Empirically, I apply quantitative methods and adopt a comparative perspective (subnational or cross-national comparison with a focus on Europe). My current research interests involve the following topics:
1. Rural-Urban Divides in Politics
In collaboration with Richard Traunmüller (U Mannheim/ GU Frankfurt) and Sigrid Roßteutscher (GU Frankfurt), I study rural-urban divides in German and European politics. We are particularly interested in studying political behavior and attitudes towards democracy.
- Rural-Urban Divide in Germany (with Sigrid Rossteutscher and Richard Traunmüller) [presented at AK Wahlen 2018, ECPR 2018]
- The Rural-Urban Divide in Citizen Discontent (with Richard Traunmüller) [presented at EPSA 2019]
2. Citizens and Democracy in Times of Societal Change
I am interested in the way citizens participate in politics and society and how they evaluate the political system and their very own role in this system. Thus, I study civic engagement, aspects of social cohesion, attitudes towards democracy and norms of good citizenship. I analyze how contextual factors (e.g. institutions, social structure, opinion climate) and societal changes (e.g. digitalization, demographic change, polarization) affect civic engagement and attitudes towards democracy.
- Institutions and Citizenship Norms [presented at MPSA 2017, AK Wahlen 2017]
- Personality and Citizenship Norms [presented at SVPW 2018]
3. Psychology and Politics
Building on my PhD project (see publications), I study how personality relates to political attitudes and behavior of citizens and elites. I am particularly interested in the interaction of personality traits and contextual factors and stimuli.
- Personality and Political Consumerism (with Birte Gundelach) [presented at ISPP 2015]
- Electoral Losing and Preferences for Direct Democracy (with Hannah Werner and Anna Kern) [presented at NIG 2017, MPSA 2018, DVPW 2018]
- Personality, Institutions and Satisfaction with Democracy [presented at 3LT 2016, MPSA 2017, PolEtmaal 2017]
- Personality, Electoral Competition and Ideology
4. Survey Research
From a methodological perspective, I am particularly interested in Survey Research. I study the validity of commonly used survey measures and I try to delevop innovative and better measures for concepts used in Empirical Democracy Research.
- Left-right scale as a common space for political parties (with Tom van der Meer and Huib Pellikaan)
- Measuring Online Political Participation in Surveys [presented at ECPR 2017, Sektion Methoden 2018]
- Measuring Citizenship Norms Using Experimental Approaches