Prof. Dr. Reimut Zohlnhöfer
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Why do parties make a difference? New paper in Party Politics
The question of whether political parties make a systematic difference in terms of public policies is one of the classics of comparative public policy research. While several recent studies have called for an “electoral turn” in partisan theory and suggest establishing a party–voter link on the micro level, Georg Wenzelburger and Reimut Zohlnhöfer, in a paper that just came out in Party Politics, propose a different view on partisan effects. While we do not argue that public opinion is unimportant for parties, we maintain that political actors both at the party member and the elite level do have preferences of their own which may be instrumental for the policies parties pursue. Read more here
Paper on Citizens’ Policy Knowledge
In a new paper that just came out in European Policy Analysis Carsten Jensen (Aarhus) and Reimut Zohlnhöfer investigate citizens’ knowledge about the welfare state in Denmark and Germany in comparative perspective. Employing a survey on political science students – a population that is particularly likely to be interested in and knowledgeable about politics – we find a mixed picture in the sense that policy knowledge in a few specific issues is high, but typically, when the issue has been salient in the public. Overall, policy knowledge is low.
Marsilius Fellowship for Reimut Zohlnhöfer
Reimut Zohlnhöfer was awarded a Marsilius Fellowship for 2020/21. He will work on an interdisciplinary project about societal compliance in times of polarization with Prof. Peter Kirsch (psychology) and Prof. Hanno Kube (Law).
Pierson’s „Dismantling the Welfare State?“ After 25 Years
Dismantling the Welfare State?, published 25 years ago, is a modern classic in the welfare state literature. Is there still something we can learn from Paul Pierson’s seminal book? Carsten Jensen, Georg Wenzelburger and Reimut Zohlnhöfer, in a new paper that just came out in the Journal of European Social Policy, suggest that the book indeed is worth a re-read. Check out more here.
Fabian Engler has completed his dissertation project, titled ‘Political Parties and Public Policies between Ideology and Voter Preferences’, and has been awarded Dr. rer. pol. by the University of Bremen.
Research project on „The Transformation of Economic Intervention in Advanced Democracies” funded by German Research Foundation
The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund Reimut Zohlnhöfer’s research project on „The Transformation of Economic Intervention in Advanced Democracies” for the next three years. For more information, click here
Reimut Zohlnhöfer was awarded the Best Teaching Award 2019 at the Institute of Political Science - again!
Special Issue on the third Merkel government published.
A special issue on the politics and policies or the third government under Angela Merkel (2013-2017), edited by Reimut Zohlnhöfer and Thomas Saalfeld, has just come out. Check it out here.
New Article in JEPP
A new paper by Fabian Engler and Reimut Zohlnhöfer that has just been publishd in the Journal of European Public Policy investigates the effects of the recent changes in left parties’ voter base, from predominantly working-class to middle-class voters. According to classic partisan theory these changes should have resulted in changing policy positions and policy effects of left parties. We test this expectation for economic policies (i.e. subsidies, product market regulation, and privatization) in 16 European countries between 1980 and 2012. We find the expected relationships for subsidies but not for regulation and privatization. This can be explained by the fact that only with regard to subsidies, preferences substantially differ between the working- and the middle-class. Thus, economic policy preferences of voters of left parties diverge less than could be expected. Methodologically, the study suggests that empirically testing the complete causal mechanism of classic partisan theory, assessing voters’ preferences and investigating more than one issue area, are promising ways to study partisan effects on public policies. Find the article here.
Edited volume on the third Merkel Government
Together with Prof. Thomas Saalfeld (Bamberg University), Reimut Zohlnhöfer has edited a volume that takes stock of the policies and politics of the most recent German government, the Grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel (2013-2017). The 27 German language chapters analyze all relevant policies from migration to fiscal policy and from the welfare state to European integration. Moreover, in other chapters, party strategies, electoral competition, interest groups, the Federal Constitutional Court, political leadership and coalition governance are investigated. The book is already published electronically with SpingerLink and will be available as a hard copy very soon. Moreover, for English language readers, some of the chapters will be included in a special issue of the journal German Politics. Some of these papers are also already available at the journal’s homepage.
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