Welcome to my site.
Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the CRC/SFB 1342: "Global Dynamics of Social Policies" (Project A01) at the University of Bremen. Within the CRC I am involved in developing the Global Welfare State Information System WeSIS - an interactive, web-based information system on global dynamics of social policy. I hold a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Greifswald.
My research focuses on political parties, party ideology and party policy diffusion. More specifically, I am interested in ideological change of parties, its causes and consequences. In order to analyse change, one needs to locate parties first. For this reason, I am also interested in new ways of measuring "party ideology", in extending current databases on parties and in overcoming the "Western bias" still prevalent in party research. Methodologically, I am firmly rooted in comparative politics and macro-comparative analyses.
If you have any question regarding my work or the data collections, do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to your message!
V-Dem Working Paper on Party Organizations
We just finished a new V-Dem Working Paper validating the face, criterion and construct validity of V-Party's party organizational items. Given the high validity, V-Party for the first time facilitates analyses of the causes and effects of party organizations on a global scale!
Data Collection on Leaders Global Finished
Together with Holger Döring and Paul Bederke, we released Leaders Global, a dataset on Head of States (HoS) and Head of Governments (HoG) and their party affiliation covering 183 countries since 1880 at the Harvard Dataverse. Leaders Global will be included as V-Dem's HoS and HoG party affiliation variables in the upcoming v11 release.
Out now - Article on Party Policy Diffusion
"The ties that bind: Text similarities and the conditional diffusion of party policies" is finally available as "Online first" at the British Journal of Political Science. And it is "Open access"!