Chair in Qualitative Empirical Research Methods



13.10.2021 14:48

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.


10.08.2021 10:50



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.