Chair in Qualitative Empirical Research Methods


Our team is specialized in research methods. Following the Greek word origin (μέθοδος), this means to look at the 'ways' of our research activities. In our view, the plurality of different methodological approaches to social science questions enriches political science and sociology considerably. This perspective also shapes our teaching, above all at the BA level. In our own work, however, we emphasize comparative case study methods. We have a meaningful expertise in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and similar set-theoretic procedures. The research associates also specialize in different forms of (quantitative and/or systematic) text analysis and in the analysis of social science concepts.

As for substantial topics, we deal with organized state-business relations, interest groups, neo-corporatism, social pacts, movement parties, country images, and the German-Italian relations.

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Prof. Dr. Claudius Wagemann

Professor of Political Science
with a focus on Qualitative Empirical Social Research

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Political Science
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
post office box 39
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Room: PEG Builing, 3rd floor, room 124
Phone: +49 69 798 36647  
E-Mail: wagemann[at]

Administration office:

open office hours:

Tuesday 1 - 3 p.m.
Friday 9 - 11 a.m.
Room:  PEG, 3rd floor, room 107
Phone: +49 69 798 36510
E-Mail: methoden-qualitativ[at]

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