News

September 12, 2020

In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, I have discussed the nature of the current anti-Corona demonstrations and the response of the political public to them. You find it here (in German).

July 30, 2020

Interest in how populist parties respond to the Corona crisis? On August 11, Professor Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam) and I will give a virtual talk on how the pandemic affects populist parties in the Netherlands and Germany respectively at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Register here and join us!

June 9, 2020

Save the date: on August 11, 2020 I will give a presentation on how populist parties in Germany respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information coming soon!


May 20, 2020

Out now: In an op-ed for the Center of Liberal Modernity, Simon T Franzmann and I discuss how democracy shapes the ideology of contemporary populist radical right parties and its implications for counterstrategies. You find it here (in German).


March 11, 2020

Out now: Op-ed in the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel on how populist attitudes shape the voting behavior of AfD supporters and how this poses a problem to the established parties (in German). You find it here.


March 9, 2020

Out now: Empirical study on the programmatic heterogeneity of populist radical right parties in Western Europe with Simon Franzmann (University of Siegen). You find the study here (open access).


February 20, 2020

Now out: what is populism as an attitude of political elites? Conceptual considerations and empirical evidence from Greece to be found here.


February 18, 2020

Now out: which instruments of direct democracy are preferred by supporters of distinct parties, especially left and right populists? New paper with Florian Grotz in German Politics.


September 25, 2019

How has the AfD affected the functions and the discourse in German parliament? New chapter out in spring 2020 Click here.


August 16, 2019

Starting today, I am a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for European Studies, University of Florida. Looking forward to this new challenge!


July 26, 2019

Which parties nominate candidates dissatisfied with democracy, and what do power and anti-establishment rhetoric have to do with it? Open Access paper now out in Political Research Exchange. Click here.


March 28, 2019

In the summer semester 2019, I am a temporary professor for public policy and state politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


January 10, 2019

Today we did the last workshop in our project “The Populist Radical Right and Protectionism” at the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP) in Bonn. Our findings were extensively discussed by Andrej Zaslove (Radboud University) and Nicole Loew. According to the data in the Comparative Party-based Populism Dataset (CPPD), we were able to show that

  • there is a huge variance of populism within the radical right family of parties in Western Europe;
  • populist framings change over time, in part extensively;
  • there is a distinct heterogeneity of populist framings in terms of the characteristics of the ‘pure people’ as well as those of the ‘elites’.

The dataset will now be cleaned and finalized and shall be available within the next months.


September 14, 2018

Today, the second workshop of our research project “The Populist Radical Right and Protectionism” took place at the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP) in Bonn. Here, we introduced intermediate results of our project which were extensively discussed by Saskia Ruth-Lovell (GIGA Hamburg). In short, we were able to show that

  • Radical right parties in Germany, Switzerland and Austria are populist to very different degrees;
  • The degree to which radical right parties use populist framings changes over time;
  • There is a certain deal of variance within anti-establishment and people-centered stances, in other words, a significant variation in the in-group these parties address and the political elites they are hostile against.

More Western European populist radical right parties are to be included in the dataset until the ende of 2018 and spring 2019. News and data will be posted here.

Also have a look at the detailed report of the workshop here (in German language).


April 13, 2018

The first workshop of our research project “The Populist Radical Right and Protectionism” took place at the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP) in Bonn. We discussed the different manifestations and contexts of right-wing populism in distinct Western European countries: Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. We were pleased to welcome proven experts: Prof. Dr. Frank Decker (University of Bonn), Dr. René Cuperus (Director of the Wiardi Beckmann Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the German Institute) as well as Prof. Dr. Klaus Poier (University of Graz). In addition, PD Dr. Simon Franzmann (University of Dusseldorf) demonstrated on the basis of the Manifesto data that economic protectionism is becoming increasingly important especially among right-wing populist parties.
Please find more here (in German).

The next workshop is expected to take place in late summer this year.


December 21, 2017

The Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik (BAPP) has approved the funding of a research project on “Protectionism and right-wing populism in European comparison” which I will supervise together with Simon T. Franzmann. The aim of the project is the creation of a comprehensive dataset on the ideological change of right-wing populist parties in Western Europe. The project will take place from January 1st to December 31st, 2018.