Projects at the Chair
The chair's research focuses on a variety of phenomena in comparative political science. Below, you find a brief overview of the chair's individual projects.
Alongside leading CIVILSPACE, Nicole Bolleyer continues working on the theme of intra-party conflict, both conceptually and empirically, a theme crucial to the functioning of political parties that to date has received not enough scholarly attention. This includes conceptual work with Ann-Kristin Kölln (University of Gothenburg) on notions of intra-party friction as well as a comparative project with Martin Gross (LMU) on drivers, mechanisms, and processes of intra-party conflict regulation in federal and devolved democracies. To develop the research agenda on the wider theme Ann-Kristin and Nicole co-direct a section on "Political Parties as Venues for and Vehicles of Conflict" at the ECPR General Conference in Prague in September 2023.
Valentin Daur is currently working on several publications related to his Ph.D. project investigating citizens’ reactions to mainstream parties (de-)legitimizing strategies towards challenger parties. Moreover, he is co-authoring an article on how elite discourse in the aftermath of terrorist attacks influences public opinion.
In her doctoral project, Emma Gordon is looking to explain the high rate of democratic transition we see in small island states. Specifically what she is working on right now is showing the systemic exclusion of certain states, particularly small states and self-governing non-state territories from the wider democratization literature, and the impacts that could be having.
Thareerat Laohabut is examining the trajectory of new political parties in the European multilevel system. She aims to explore how the structure of the multilevel system affects the life cycle of new political parties from a cross-national perspective. Alongside her doctoral project, she is working on party politics, including party interactions with movements, in non-democratic regimes.
Michael Neureiter is currently working on a book project which uses insights from the field of organizational psychology to improve on previous theories of migrant integration. Titled "Organizational Psychology and Migrant Integration into European Societies", the book manuscript is under contract with Palgrave MacMillan and slated for publication in June 2024.
Philipp Schroeder is currently engaged in several research projects that address a variety of issues in the literature on judicial politics and empirical legal studies. He is writing a monography titled “Putting Courts Under Pressure: When Lawmakers Push Constitutional Boundaries”, a book that explains why lawmakers pursue constitutionally controversial policies. Further, Philipp is co-authoring a paper on the Court of Justice of the European Union’s strategic engagement with Member State briefs in its jurisprudence as well as a paper on appointment politics at the Swedish Supreme Court (with Johan Lindholm and Daniel Naurin). He is also co-authoring a book chapter on best-practices in data collection in the field of empirical legal studies and the use of machine learning classification in these efforts (with Eun Hye Kim).