2017 und 2018

Claudius Wagemann serves as chair of a section on methodological advances in the study of civil war and political violence at the ECPR Generel Conference 2018

Claudius Wagemann will chair a section on methodological advances in the study of civil war and political violence at the 2018 General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), together with Markus Siewert (FU Berlin) and Tanja Brühl’s (Goethe University) and Stefan Wolff’s (University of Birmingham) teams. The section is supposed to serve as a platform for an exchange of different methodological developments in this field. The collaboration between the teams from Goethe University and the University of Birmingham was laid during a workshop earlier this year in Frankfurt, organized within the framework of the Strategic Partnerships of the Goethe University. Further information about the section is available at the conference website.  

New Project has initiated April 2018

Varieties of Governance in hybrid regimes. Enterprises, state and civil society in contemporary Russia

Project Leader: Professorin Dr. Katharina Bluhm / Professorin Dr. Katharina Bluhm / Professor Dr. Claudius Wagemann, Ph.D. 

Project Description

Although research on modern authoritarianism and hybrid regimes is progressively differentiating, there are few studies that provide insight into how these regimes deal with concrete policy issues. This is particularly true of Russia, a typical case of new authoritarian and hybrid regimes. Recent studies show that the Russian state regularly uses resources of companies and civil society actors to solve specific policy problems. While a growing share of literature is devoted to the role of Russian civil society in such governance patterns, the role of companies is less well researched. (Semi-)state and private enterprises are however of particular interest because they have more resources than civil society actors and are often active on international markets.... read more

New institutional tasks:

Executive Director of the Institute, Membership in the Faculty Council and the Accreditation Commission, and COMPASSS Steering Committee

Prof. Wagemann has been elected Executive Director of the Institute of Political Science, for the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

He has also been elected member of the Faculty Council, for the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2019. His substitute is Prof. Heike Holbig.

Finally, Prof. Wagemann serves as a member of the university level accreditation commission. This important commission deals with all new or renewed study programs of the university. This is an especially notable appointment since not all faculties are represented with a professorial member in that commission.

With regard to research activities, Prof. Wagemann has become a member of the Steering Committee of the COMPASSS network. The mandate started in the fall 2016 and lasts for three years. COMPASSS deals with systematic case comparison which is Prof. Wagemann’s most important methodological expertise.

Teaching Evaluations and Teaching Grant

The teaching evaluations for the winter term 2016/17 are online. Their online publication is a way to contribute to transparency, but also to teaching quality.

A small teaching grant has been awarded for Prof. Wagemann’s research seminar in the summer term 2017. With these resources, it will be possible to hire a tutor who will work in the context of this intensive seminar. Already now, we are in contact with various units of Goethe University which help us to ensure the international profile of the course. Among other goals, the seminar shall represent the international character of Frankfurt as a scientific place and recruit students with different biographies.

Villa Vigoni Meeting in 2017

Together with Prof’in Simona Piattoni (University of Trento) and Prof. Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena), Prof. Wagemann has obtained funds for a meeting at the German-Italian Center of European Eccellence. In April 2017, a workshop for international PhD and Post-Doc scholars will be organized which deals with political science perspectives on Germany, Italy, and the EU in times of crises.


New Publications and Publications in Preparation

The following contribution have been recently published:

Schneider, Carsten Q. and Claudius Wagemann (2016). “Assessing ESA on What It Is Designed For.” Field Methods 28: 316-21.

Wagemann, Claudius (2016). “Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in der Vergleichenden Politikwissenschaft.” In Hans-Joachim Lauth, Marianne Kneuer, and Gert Pickel (eds.), Handbuch Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 63-77.

Wagemann, Claudius (2017). “The Christlich-Soziale Union. More Than One Double Role.” In Oscar Mazzoleni, and Sean Müller (eds.), Regionalist Parties in Western Europe. Dimensions of Success. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 42-60.

Together with Joachim Blatter (University of Lucerne) and Phil C. Langer (International Psychoanalytic University Berlin, Prof. Wagemann prepares a German-language textbook, entitled “Qualitative Methoden in der Politikwissenschaft” (“Qualitative Methods in Political Science”). The book will concentrate on the application of methods and will go beyond a single paradigm. It will be published withSpringer in 2017.

Prof. Wagemann, Prof. Achim Goerres (University Duisburg-Essen - link) and Markus Siewert (research associate at Prof. Wagemann's chair) edit a "Handbook on Political Science Methods", to be published by Springer in late 2018. The book will contain approximately 40 chapters which will represent the variety of political science methods. Such a volume does not exist in German language so far so that it will be an important contribution to the field.

Kick-Off COST Action

At the end of September 2016, the first meeting of the EU COST Action („European Cooperation in Science and Technology“) on the professionalization and the social impact of political science was held in Brussels (ProSEPS). COST finances the creation of a European research network which might be followed by other shared projects in the future. Prof. Wagemann is the German representative and collaborates with Working Group 2 on internationalization; he is also responsible for the Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). Prof. Giliberto Capano (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) has been appointed Chair of the network. Read more