Chair in Qualitative Empirical Research Methods



Oct 29 2021

Colloquium at Villa Vigoni

Colloquium at Villa Vigoni: German-Italian Relations after a Decade of European Crises

From 7 to 9 October, the colloquium "E la nave va? Perspectives on Germany, Italy and the European Union after a decade of crises" took place at Villa Vigoni on Lake Como. Our team was actively represented there. The doctoral students Nils Sartorius and Lukas Brenner presented research projects dealing with media representations of images of nations (Nils Sartorius) and of right-wing populist parties in the European Parliament (Lukas Brenner & Nils Sartorius). Mohamed Salhi, who is working on a doctoral thesis on discursive narratives of the radical right in times of crisis, discussed initial results of his work with a focus on Italy and Germany. The post-doctoral researchers Baastian Bruinsma and Benedikt Bender each chaired a panel on questions of the influence of the Covid pandemic on the behaviour of Germany and Italy in the EU (Bastiaan Bruinsma) and on differences in socio-economic attitudes of Europeans with a special focus on Germany and Italy (Benedikt Bender). The event was initiated by Simona Piattoni (University of Trento), Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena), Ton Notermans (Tallinn University of Technology) and Claudius Wagemann (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main). The international and interdisciplinary composition of the participants was also reflected in the research contributions and debates in an explicitly productive way. We were particularly pleased with the much-appreciated contributions of the student assistants Alexander Mathewes and Nikolaus Freimuth who travelled with us. For many of the participants, the conference was the first coming together after a long academic conference break. The wonderful ambience of Villa Vigoni made this 'reunion' in late summer temperatures a particularly pleasant experience, which provided us all with a lot of energy for the start of the semester. A presto, Villa Vigoni!


Oct 27 2021

Nils Sartorius in Italy

Nils Sartorius, research assistant at the chair, took part in a conference on 'New German-Italian Perspectives' at Palazzo Rondinini in Rome at the end of September. The experts present from academic and institutional fields discussed above all questions on the socio-political and historical development of German-Italian relations. The future-oriented perspective of German-Italian cooperation also played an important role. It was also decided to institutionalise future cooperation within an expert forum.

Within the context of the conference, Nils Sartorius also attended the reception of the German Ambassador, Viktor Elbling, at the Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici.


Oct 13 2021

Office Beautification Day

Office Beautification Day!

One week before the start of the semester, our team came together in full force for a big clean-up campaign under the motto 'Office Beautification'. In the hectic week before the start of the semester, this was a welcome distraction for everyone, which was visibly fun. Our offices shine in new splendour and the evening came to a festive end at the 'Schöneberger' on the lively Berger Straße in Frankfurt's Bornheim district.


Aug 10 2021



Handbook of Methods in Political Science now available as print version!

The Handbook of Methods in Political Science is now available as a print version published by Springer VS! Link: https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007%2F978-3-658-16937-4

Five years ago, the editors Claudius Wagemann, Markus B. Siewert (Technical University of Munich) and Achim Goerres (University of Duisburg-Essen) had the idea to fill a gap in the market of German publications on political science:  A handbook on the wide range of methods used in empirical political science research was needed. The result is a 914-page volume in which a total of 52 scholars have written 39 chapters on various methods used in the discipline. The fact that the handbook already has attracted a great deal of interest in German-speaking political science is shown by 22 000 downloads since the first online publication in 2018. The authors are convinced of the added value of the now published printed edition of the handbook. The Handbook of Methods in Political Science is equally suitable for research and teaching and thus makes a general contribution to the professionalization of the discipline in the German-speaking area.


Publication by Dr. Benedikt Bender that deals with political-economic conflict lines

In his new book published by Springer VS, Link: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-658-31825-3 Dr. Benedikt Bender examines the position organized interests take in the controversial socio-political reform debates. He finds that trade unions and business associations can act alongside structural and strategic interests: they can either assume similar positions or they could clash in accordance with the classic “worker vs. capital" antagonism. Only through the combination of those theoretical expectations we arrive at a sufficient explanation for the position of organized interest in welfare state change.

Further in the book: a new concept called the 'degree of limited diversity' and the suggestion on how to empirically measure the influence of the organized interest on the political process.

Related research projects by Benedikt Bender deal in particular with theoretical reflections on the strategic self-interests of both types of organizations.

Team-Wagemann involved in recent publication by Italian political scientist Leonardo Morlino

Equality, Freedom, and Democracy: Europe After the Great Recession by Leonardo Morlino

Equality, Freedom and Democracy: The book by the famous Leonardo Morlino, political scientist, published by Oxford University Press in October 2020, deals with the big questions of political science research in Europe. Claudius Wagemann, who is co-author of the second chapter on inequalities together with Francesco Raniolo, as well as the student assistants Anna Geyer and Joschka Frech (data collection) have also contributed to Morlino's latest publication. The study compares how the core principles of liberal democracy - freedom and equality - have evolved since 1990 in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom, with particular reference to the impact of the 2008 Great Recessions. Based on extensive data, the study offers scholars, experts and other interested parties a deep empirical analysis to better understand the opportunities and limitations of the sixth largest European democracies in terms of implementing equality and freedom. In the well-known Morlino tradition, which places the evaluation of the quality of democracy at the forefront of his research, the political scientist ultimately points out different ways to promote the two core principles of liberal democracies under study. In addition to Claudius Wagemann and Francesco Raniolo, Professors Daniela Piano, Mario Quaranta, and Cecillia Emma Sottilotta contributed to the publication.