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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Information Corona Crisis

Information Corona Crisis

In the face of coronavirus crisis, we are obliged to adhere to the university’s guidelines
This means that our offices remain closed and no personal consultations are possible at this time. Prof. Wagemann’s weekly consultations will take place per videocall until further notice. More information HERE.
We will continue to offer our courses digitally in winter semester 20/21. All necessary information about the organisation and structure of the courses will be posted on our webpage COURSES in due time. 
The course "Introduction to the methods of empirical research in social sciences" (Einführung in die Methoden in die empirische Sozialforschung) and "Research Design" will be offered by our team according to the current curriculum, however, those courses will also take place online only. 
Please note that we will not be informing you separately about any changes in the regulations concerning examinations and assignments. Guidelines of the university and the faculty take precedence.

New project

New project

Volkswagen Foundation has approved PRODEM („Protests and Democracy: How Movement Parties, Social Movements and Active Citizens are Reshaping Europe (2011-2019)”) – an international research project, which will start on October 1st ,2020, and will run until September 30th, 2023.

Our chair is delighted to not only work on one of the subprojects, but also to coordinate the joint effort. For this project we have partnered with: Prof. Dr. Christina Neumayer, Department Digital Design, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Dr. Dan Mercea, Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London, UK; Dr. Toma Burean, College of Political Science Public Administration and Communication, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Romania; Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Mosca, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.

More information can be found HERE.

Handbook on methods

Handbook on methods

Handbook on methods in political science – upcoming release!

Team Wagemann is happy to announce the release of the first methodology handbook in German language that is tailored for use by political scientists. The last chapters of the handbook are currently being put online: https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007%2F978-3-658-16937-4. The handbook is jointly edited by Claudius Wagemann with Achim Goerres (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Markus Siewert (Technical University Munich). Printed version will be available in fall 2020.

Acting chairman

Acting chairman

Prof. Wagemann was elected acting chairman of the university-wide accreditation committee on April 24th, 2020. The committee must approve all existing and new bachelor, master and advanced training study programs and decides upon recommendations and requirements thereto. Prof. Wagemann is a full member of the committee since 2017. The new member of the committee is Prof.‘in Annette Warner.