Dr. Jan Berz


Address for visitors

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Campus Westend - PEG, Raum 
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 69 798-36682
E-Mail: berz(at)soz.uni-frankfurt.de

Postal address 

Campus Westend - PEG
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6 / Postfach 40
60629 Frankfurt am Main


Jan Berz has been working at the Chair for Comparative Politics since April 2023. In his research and teaching, he deals with the empirical-analytical examination of political elites and governments. In current research projects he focuses on the influence of political elites on the political behaviour of voters, the performance of political elites in office and the electoral accountability of governments.



  • Berz, J., & Kroeber, C. (2023). Walking the line: Electoral cycles and the shift in legislative priorities among German Parliamentarians. Electoral Studies, 83. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2023.1025956
  • Berz, J., & Jankowski, M. (2022). Local preferences in candidate selection. Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment among Party Leaders in Germany. Party Politics, 28(6): 1136-1149. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F13540688211041770.
  • Müller-Rommel, F., Vercesi, M., & Berz, J. (2022). Prime Ministers in Europe. Changing Career Experiences and Profiles., Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership Series, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 978-3-030-90890-4. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90891-1.
  •  Grotz, F., Müller-Rommel, F., Berz, J., Kroeber, C., & Kukec, M. (2021). How Political Careers affect Prime-Ministerial Performance: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe. Comparative Political Studies, 54(11): 1907-1938. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0010414021997174.
  • Berz, J. (2020). All the Prime Minister's Glory? Leader Effects and Accountability of Prime Ministers in Parliamentary Elections. Politics 40(4): 444-459. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0263395720907054.
  • Berz, J. (2020). The effect of voters' economic perception, Brexit and campaigns on the evaluation of party leaders over time. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 22(2): 202-219. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148119886220.
  • Berz, J. (2019). Potent executives: the electoral strength of prime ministers in Central Eastern Europe. East European Politics, 35(4): 517-537. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2019.1662400.
  • Berz, J. (2019). 14 Jahre Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel: Unterstützung durch Annäherung. ZParl Zeitschrift f¨ur Parlamentsfragen 50 (3): 545- 556. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5771/0340-1758-2019-3-54.