Conference Contributions

APSA

The legislative effects of individualized campaigns. A text-based analysis of the behaviors of German legislators. APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 31. October - 3. September 2017, San Francisco, CA (with Dominic Nyhuis).

 

Who represents the poor? German legislators and welfare state policies. APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 1. - 4. September 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Who brings home the pork? The role of electoral context and localness in assigning committee seats in the German Bundestag. APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition 3. - 6. September 2015, San Francisco, CA (with Thomas Gschwend).

 

How do I survive a party alone? A reappraisal of the concept of individualized representation from a comparative perspective. APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition 3. - 6. September 2015, San Francisco, CA (with Annika Hennl).

 

Do Candidates Seek Personal Votes on the Internet? A Comparative Study on Constituency Candidates in German State Elections in 2013. APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 28. - 31. August 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

Assigning Committee Seats in Mixed-Member Systems - How Important is “Localness” compared to the Mode of Election? APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2013, 29. August - 1. September, Chicago (with Thomas Gschwend and Matthew S. Shugart).

 

Personalized Election Campaigns in Mixed Member Systems. Strategies for Electoral Gain or Pandora's Box? APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2012, 30. August - 2. September, New Orleans (with Annika Hennl).

 

Legislators and their Representational Roles. Rational Calculus or Habits of the Heart? APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2009, 3.-6. September, Toronto.

 

Local Campaigns in the German 2005 Elections: Motivations, Structures and Effects. APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2009, 3.-6. September, Toronto.

 

Participatory Engineering: Can Democratic Reform increase Political Participation? APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition 2005, 31. August -4. September, Washington, DC.

MPSA

The Patterns and Sources of Elite Detachment in European Democracies. 76th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 5. - 8. April 2018, Chicago, Ill. (with Robert J. Rohrschneider).

 

Geographic Representation at the Margins. A Quantitative Analysis of Parliamentary Question in the German Bundestag, 75th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 6.-9. April 2017, Chicago, Ill. (with Dominic Nyhuis and Markus Baumann).

 

Why do Political Elites like Participatory Democracy ? The Electoral Sources of Democratic Reform, 74th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 7.-10. April 2016, Chicago, Ill. (with Richard Traunmüller).

 

Does the Personalization of Politics matter for Public Policy Making? 68th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, 22.-25. April 2010, Chicago, Ill.

ECPR Joint Sessions

The Quantity and Quality of individual Campaign Linkage. Constituency Candidates in Comparative Perspective, 10. - 14. April 2018, University of Nicosia, Cypus (with Rosie Campbell).

 

Three Faces of Party Unity. A Quantitative Text-Based Analysis on Vote Explanations in the German Bundestag, 25. - 30. April, Nottingham (with Dominic Nyhuis).

 

Who brings home the pork? Committee assignments under Germany’s Mixed System, 24. - 28. April 2016, Pisa (with Thomas Gschwend), 

 

Pork in European Legislative Politics? The Politics of Retrenchment in German defense Policy. ECPR Joint Sessions 2012, Antwerpen, Workshop 15 "The Partisan Effects of Electoral Systems. Studying Complex Electoral Rules", 10. - 15. April.

 

Personalization and Intra-Party Politics in Mixed Member Systems. Strategies for Electoral Gain or Pandora's Box? ECPR Joint Sessions 2011, St. Gallen, Workshop 19 "After Mediatization", 12. - 17. April (with Annika Hennl).

 

Electronic Consituency Communication in Comparative Perspective: Changing Media or Changing Democracy? ECPR Joint Sessions 2009 in Lissabon, Workshop 20 "Parliaments, Parties, and Politicians in Cyberspace", 14.-19. April.

 

Representational Roles among German MPs: Rational Calculus or Habits of the Heart? ECPR Joint Sessions 2008 in Rennes, Workshop 13 "Parliamentary and Representational Roles in Modern Legislatures", 11.-16. April.

ECPR General Conference

Two faces of party unity: Roll-call behavior and vote explanations in the German Bundestag, ECPR General Conference, 7. 11. September, University of Oslo (with Dominic Nyhuis).

 

Not so dealigned after all: Social representation and legislative behavior in the German Bundestag, ECPR General Conference, 7. - 10. September 2016, Charles University Prag (with Dominic Nyhuis and Matthias Henneke).

 

Who brings home the pork? The role of electoral context and localness in assigning committee seats in the German Bundestag, ECPR General Conference, 26. - 29. August 2015, Montreal (with Thomas Gschwend).

 

How do I survive a party alone? A reappraisal of the concept of individualized representation from a comparative perspective, ECPR General Conference, 26. - 29. August 2015, Montreal (with Annika Hennl).

 

Why do Political Elites like Participatory Demoracy? ECPR General Conference, 3. - 6. September 2014, Glasgow (with Olga Herzog).

 

The Impact of Electoral Systems on Personal Vote Strategies: A Field Experiment on German MPs. 7th ECPR General Conference 2013, 4. - 7. September, Bordeaux ( with Damien Bol, Thomas Gschwend and Steffen Zittlau).

 

Personalized Election Campaigns and Representation in Mixed Systems. Strategies for Electoral Gain or Pandora's Box? 6th ECPR Conference 2011, 25.-27. August, Reykjavik (with Annika Hennl).

 

Electoral Participation on the Internet - Mobilizing the Mobilized or Bringing Citizens Back In? 6th ECPR General Conference 2011, 25.-27. August, Reykjavik (with Eilika Freund).

 

Committee Assignments in Mixed Member Electoral Systems. How do Parties determine Eligibility? 5th ECPR General Conference 2009, 10.-12. September, Potsdam (with Th. Gschwend and M. S. Shugart).

 

Lost in Technology? Political Parties and Online-Campaigning in the 2005 Parliamentary Elections, 4th ECPR General Conference 2007, 6.-8. September, Pisa.

ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments

The dilemma of intra-party democracy: Candidate selection and the quality of legislators, 4th Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, 29. June - 1. July, University of Basel.

 

Who represents the poor? The positions of German legislators on welfare state policies, 3rd Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, 30.6. - 2.7., Ludwig-Maximillians University Munich.

EPSA

The electoral sources of good political representation: a field experiment on German MPs. EPSA General Conference, 25. - 27. Juni 2015, Wien (with Damien Bol, Thomas Gschwend and Steffen Zittlau).

DVPW

The role of geography in partisan legislatures. The case of the German Bundestag. Joint Conference of the DVPW, ÖGPW und SVPW 2016, 29. September - 1. October, Heidelberg (with Markus Baumann and Dominic Nyhuis).

 

Legislators and their Representational Roles. Rational Calculus or Habits of the Heart? Tagung der DVPW-Sektion "Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft" 2009, 22.-24. Januar, Technische Universität Darmstadt.

 

Wie viel und welche Form der Partizipation braucht die Demokratie? Gemeinsame Tagung der DVPW, ÖGPW, SVPW 2008, 21.-23. November, Universität Osnabrück.

 

Machen lokale Wahlkämpfe einen Unterschied? Die Intensität lokaler Wahlkämpfe und die Stimmenzuwächse der Parteien im Wahlkreis bei den Bundestagswahlen 2005. Jahrestagung des DVPW-Arbeitskreises "Wahlen" 2008, 15.-16. Mai, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

 

Personalisierte Wahlkämpfe im Wahlkreis. Eine Analyse des Bundestagswahlkampfes von 2005. Gemeinsame Tagung der DVPW, ÖGPW und SVPW 2006, 30. November - 2. Dezember, Universität Wien.

 

Der Bundestagswahlkampf von 2005 und kollektive Repräsentation. Ein kurzer Auftakt zum langen Abschied? Gemeinsame Tagung der DVPW-Arbeitskreise "Wahlen" und "Politik und Kommunikation" 2006, 19. - 20. Juli, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (mit Thomas Gschwend).

Other selected Conferences and Workshops

Regional elections in Germany. Mobilizing agents as prerequisites for first-oder contests, paper prepared for presentation at Workshop „Voting in Regional Elections: The Rise of Regional Authority and Electoral Accountability”, organized by Prof. Marc Hooghe (University of Leuven), 31 October 2017, Parliament of the German sspeaking Community in Belgium, Eupen.

 

The substantive representation of the poor in German Politics, paper prepared for Workshop “Micro-Foundations of Party Democracy: The Re-enforcing and Cross-cutting Consequences of Party Membership and Non-party Affiliation”, 20. – 21. Juli 2017, University of Bremen, organized by Prof. Philip Manow and Dr. Valentin Schröder (with Dominic Nyhuis).

 

The legislative effects of individualized campaigns. A text-based analysis on the behaviors of German Legislators, Paper prepared for workshop on “Personalization of Politics”, Aarhus, 2. – 4. April 2017, organized by Prof.
Helene Helboe Pedersen (with Dominic Nyhuis).

 

Personalized Election Campaigns and Representation in Mixed Systems. Strategies for Electoral Gain or Pandora's Box? SFB 580, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena/Teilprojekt A3, International Conference on "Issue-Congruence and Political Communication in Representative Democracies", Jena/Dornburg, 28. - 29. Oktober 2011 (Organized by: Heinrich Best and Lars Vogel).

 

How much Intra-Party Democracy is there in Election Campaigns and Why? Carleton University, Ottawa, 23.-24.9.2011 (Organized by Richard S. Katz and William Cross).

 

Legislators and their Representational Roles. Rational Calculus or Habits of the Heart? Universität Bern, 12.-13. November 2009 (Organized by Marco Bühlman, Jan Fivaz, Daniel Schwarz / NCCR Democracy Research Program)

 

Demokratie und Partizipation in Deutschland - Von der Wahl- zur Beteiligungsdemokratie. Stiftung Genshagen, Europäische Tagung zum Thema "Demokratie und Partizipation - Politische Bindungen in Auflösung?", 16. Mai 2009.

 

Lost in Technology? Political Parties and Constituency Communication Online in the 2005 German Federal Elections. Politics: Web 2.0, An International Conference, 17. - 18. April 2008, Royal Holloway, London.

 

How can Participatory Engineering increase the Quantity and Quality of Participation? CONNEX Abschlußkonferenz "Opening EU Governance to Civil Society - Gains and Challenges, 25. - 26. Oktober 2006, Piran/Slowenien (Organized by Beate Kohler-Koch).

 

Parliaments and the Internet: Perspectives on the State of Research. Workshop zum Thema "Parliaments in the Digital Age", Oxford Internet Institute and Centre for Legislative Studies der University Hull, 14.-15. Juni 2007, Oxford (Organized by Steven Ward and Christina Leston-Bandeira).

 

Direkte Wählerkommunikation im WWW aus Vergleichender Perspektive. Medienwandel oder Demokratiewandel? Workshop zum Thema "Mischwahlsysteme und Politische Repräsentation", Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln, 26. März 2007 (Organized by Philip Manow).

 

Participatory Engineering. Can Institutional Reform increase the Quantity and Quality of Political Representation? Workshop zum Thema "Research on Democracy in Practice", Europäisches Hochschulinstitut Florenz (Organized by Peter Mair and Alexander Trechsel).

Invited academic Lectures (selection)

Individualisierte Repräsentation im Deutschen Bundestag, Gründungstagung des Mainzer Zentrums für Demokratieforschung, 2. - 4. März 2017, Universität Mainz.

 

The Electronic Constituency Communication of Legislators in Comparative Perspective. Changing Media or Changing Forms of Political Representation? Corvinius Universität Budapest, 23. März 2010.

 

Elektronische Wählerkommunikation von Abgeordneten. Deutschland, USA und Schweden im Vergleich. Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Forschungskolloquium, 8. Juli 2009.

 

Wählermärkte und Wahlsystem im Bundestagswahlkampf von 2005 - Was erklärt individualisierte Wahlkämpfe? Fachbereich Politik- und Verwaltungswissenschaften der Universität Konstanz, Forschungskolloquium, 6. Dezember 2007 (with Thomas Gschwend).

 

Elektronische Demokratie - Ein Beitrag zur Demokratiekonsolidierung? Hannah-Arendt Institut für Totalitarismusforschung an der TU Dresden, 11. Juni 2007.

 

Constituency Communication on the WWW in Comparative Perspective. Changing Media or Changing Democracy? Europäisches Hochschulinstitut, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften, Fakultätskolloquium, 29. März 2007, Florenz.

 

Other Lectures (selection) 

Podiumsdiskussion. Fachkonferenz zum Thema "Mehr E-Demokratie wagen". Grimme-Institut, Düsseldorf, 16. November 2011.

 

Internet and Cyberdemocracy (Keynote). Annual Conference of the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment - Network, "Hope-, Hype- and Fear-Technologies - the Role of Science and Politics". Deutscher Bundestag, 20. Oktober 2011.

 

Fachgespräch zum Thema Elektronische Parlamente. Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin, 14. Februar 2005 (auf Einladung von Dr. Susanne Kastner, Vizepräsidentin des Deutschen Bundestages).

 

What can ICTs do for Democracy, Europarat, Fachkonferenz zum Thema "The Future of Democracy", Barcelona, 17.-19. November 2004.

 

MPs and the Internet - Between the Rock of Technology and the Hard Place of Politics, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Europäischen Parlamente zu Themen der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie, 7. Konferenz, Stockholm, 27.-29. Oktober 2004 (Organisator: Schwedischer Riksdag).