Dr. Lars Pelke

Lars Pelke

Contact information

Institute of Political Science
University Heidelberg
Bergheimer Straße 58
69115 Heidelberg
E-Mail: lars.pelke@ipw.uni-heidelberg.de 
personal webpage: https://larspelke.github.io/


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Lars Pelke is a PostDoc at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. Some of his research is published in Democratization, Swiss Political Science Review and Comparative Governance and Politics. He mostly works within comparative politics and comparative democratization. 

His research focuses on three separate areas, namely authoritarian regimes, conceptualization and measurement of regime transformation episodes (autocratization), and political economy of inequalities. Lars studied Political Science and Public Law in Heidelberg and received a B.A in Political Science and Public Law, and a M.A. in Political Science from Heidelberg University. In his paper-based PhD project, “Rethinking Inequality under Autocracy. Parties, Citizens and Preferences”, Lars investigated whether and how the institutional foundations of autocracies determine economic and political inequalities, and whether and how these inequalities affect ordinary citizens in the short and long-term. 

Since April 2019, Lars has been research associate at the Institute of Political Science. During his studies, he was involved in research projects as a student assistant and did an internship at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). Between October 2018 and September 2019, he was a research fellow at GIGA Hamburg in the Dictator’s Endgames project, funded by the DFG. For additional information, please refer to the curriculum vitae.


since 04/2019 Research Fellow Institute of Political Science, Chair Prof. Dr. Croissant

10/2018 - 09/2019 Research Fellow German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in DFG-Project "Dictator's Endgame. Theory and empirical analysis of military behavior in authoritarian regime crises, 1946-2014"


10/2011 - 08/2017 BA and MA, Political Sicence and Public Law, Heidelberg University

Curriculum Vitae


Journal Articles

  • Pelke, Lars (2021). "Party institutionalization, authoritarian regime types and women’s political equality." Contemporary PoliticsDOI: 10.1080/13569775.2021.1908724
  • Pelke, Lars and Aurel Croissant (2021). "Conceptualizing and Measuring Autocratization Episodes." Swiss Political Science Review. Online First. https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12437
  • Pelke, Lars (2020). "Inclusionary regimes, party institutionalization and redistribution under authoritarianism." Democratization 27 (7): 1301-1323. DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2020.1786683
  • Pelke, Lars (2020). "Economic inequality, income, and their effects on electoral and civil society participation in authoritarian regimes." Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. Online First. DOI: 10.1007/s12286-020-00463-4
  • Pelke, Lars and Paul Friesen (2019). "Democratization Articles Dataset: an introduction." Democratization 26(1): 140-160. DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2018.1504778
  • Pelke, Lars and Aurel Croissant (2018). "Autokratische Redistribution - Institutionen, Legitimation und die Umverteilung von Einkommen in Nicht-Demokratien." Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 12(3): 509-538. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12286-018-0392-y

Book Chapters

  • Croissant, Aurel and Lars Pelke (2021): "Democracy and Development in Asia." In Elgar Research Handbook on Democracy and Development, eds. Gordon Crawford and  Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar. 

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