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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Team Wagemann meets digitally

Team Wagemann meets digitally

Team Wagemann comes together for a digital semester wrap-up

A digital get-together that shortly before Christmas seemed just like a welcome change of pace became a new reality at the end of this semester. Normally the team would meet in informal surroundings at the dinner table to discuss the events of the last semester, but little has remained normal in the last few months. Therefore, we chose a solution compliant with current pandemic regulations.

During the meeting Professor Wagemann thanked the tutors, who will be leaving the chair, for their valuable contributions and summed up the last semester as the members of the team shared small practices and rituals that helped them stay afloat in these trying times. We also welcome new tutors to our chair. And even though a Zoom-Meeting cannot replace personal exchange, it was a welcome opportunity, nonetheless.

We wish you a pleasant spring break, take care and stay healthy.


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.

Project

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 starts on December 1st ,2020, and will run until November 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.

Publications

Publications

   

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.


   

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.

Here is the summary 

Handbook on methods

Handbook on methods

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.