Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels

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David Ausserhofer

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David Ausserhofer
Research Fellow of the Research Unit
Research Fellow of the Completed Bridging Project

Research fields

Democracy
Comparative political behavior | Research on elections and political attitudes | Interest intermediation, and comparative studies on political representation | Comparative politics

CV

ORCID ID  https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0127-3556

since 2003 Senior research fellow, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), research unit "Democracy and Democratization", formerly "Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges"

Deputy director, research unit "Democracy and Democratization", formerly "Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges" at the WZB (Director of the research unit: Wolfgang Merkel)

Project director
- German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)

Manifesto Project (MARPOR)

Politische Legitimität in Krisenzeiten (PolLegKris)

since April 2013 Professor, Humboldt-University Berlin, Institute for Social Sciences

since 2008 Faculty member, Berlin Graduate School of the Social Sciences (BGSS), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Privatdozent at the Institute for Social Sciences

2000-2008 Privatdozent at Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Political and Social Sciences

1992-3/2003 (completion of the research unit) Deputy director, research unit "Institutions and Social Change" at the WZB (director of the research unit: Hans-Dieter Klingemann)

1989- 2003 Senior research fellow, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), research unit "Institutions and Social Change"

1983-1989 Research fellow, Zentralinstitut für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung, Freie Universität Berlin

Selected Publications

Wzbaktiv
Klingemann, Hans‑Dieter/Gancheva, Darina/Weßels, Bernhard (2017): "Ideological Congruence. Choice, Visibility, Clarity". In: Philipp Harfst/Ina Kubbe/Thomas Poguntke (Eds.): Parties, Governments and Elites. The Comparative Study of Democracy. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 53-72
Giebler, Heiko/Weßels, Bernhard (2017): "If You Don't Know Me by Now. Explaining Local Candidate Recognition". In: German Politics, Vol. 26, No. 1, S. 149-169.
Schoen, Harald/Weßels, Bernhard (Hg.) (2016): Wahlen und Wähler. Analysen aus Anlass der Bundestagswahl 2013. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, XIII, 515 S.
Weßels, Bernhard (2016): "Democratic Legitimacy. Concepts, Measures, Outcomes". In: Mónica Ferrín/Hanspeter Kriesi (Eds.): How Europeans View and Evaluate Democracy. Series Comparative Politics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, S. 235-256
Weßels, Bernhard (2015): "Political Culture, Political Satisfaction and the Rollback of Democracy". In: Global Policy, Vol. 6, No. S1, S. 93-105.
Weßels, Bernhard (2015): "Politische Ungleichheit beim Wählen". In: Wolfgang Merkel (Hg.): Demokratie und Krise. Zum schwierigen Verhältnis von Theorie und Empirie. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, S. 67-94.
Weßels, Bernhard/Schmitt, Hermann (2014): "Meaningful Choices. Does Parties' Supply Matter?". In: Jacques Thomassen (Ed.): Elections and Democracy. Representation and Accountability. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, S. 38-59
Weßels, Bernhard/Rattinger, Hans/Roßteutscher, Sigrid/Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger (Eds.) (2014): Voters on the Move or on the Run?. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, IX, 357 S.
Giebler, Heiko/Weßels, Bernhard (2013): "Campaign Foci in European Parliamentary Elections. Determinants and Consequences". In: Journal of Political Marketing, Vol. 12, No. 1, S. 53-76.
Wagner, Aiko/Weßels, Bernhard (2012): "Parties and Their Leaders. Does it Matter How They Match? - The German General Elections 2009 in Comparison". In: Electoral Studies, Vol. 31, No. 1, S. 72-82.
Projects

2018-2020
Populistische Kritik der politischen Legitimität repräsentativer Demokratie, Teilprojekt des Projektverbundes "Veränderung durch Krisen? Solidarität und Entsolidarisierung in Deutschland und Europa", funded by BMBF. 
Participating scientists: Heiko Giebler, Bernhard Weßels

2013-2022
MARPOR Manifesto Research on Political Representation, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Director: Bernhard Weßels
Participating scientists: Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel, Pola Lehmann, Theres Matthieß, Nicolas Merz, Sven Regel, Dr. Andrea Volkens, Carolin Herrmann, Jirka Lewandowski

2009-2017
German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Co-Director: Bernhard Weßels
Participating scientists: Aiko Wagner (Koord.), Josephine Lichteblau, Reinhold Melcher. Assoziiert: Heiko Giebler
In cooperation with: Hans Rattinger (University of Mannheim), Sigrid Roßteutscher (University Frankfurt am Main), Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim)

2008-2011
PIREDEU - Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union, FP7 Project, funded by the European Commission; study component "European Candidate Study"
Co-Director: Bernhard Weßels
Participating Scientists: Heiko Giebler
In cooperation with: European University Institute, Florenz; Mannheimer Zentrum für europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), University of  Mannheim

since 2005
Democracy Barometer, NCCR Democracy, University of Zurich, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
Project leaders:  Wolfgang Merkel, Daniel Bochsler (Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau)
Participating scientists: Marc Bühlmann (University of Berne), Heiko Giebler, Bernhard Weßels
Doctoral student: Lisa Müller (Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau)

since 1998
Post-electoral studies to the German federal elections in 1998, 2002, 2005, 2009, and 2013
The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems
- German part
,
in cooperation with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
cooperative project with electoral study teams in 36 countries.
Funding: WZB and German Research Foundation (DFG)
Director: Bernhard Weßels
In cooperation with Herrmann Schmitt (University of Mannheim, 1998-2005); since 2009 the project ist pursued in the framework of GLES.
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Recent Books

Harald Schoen, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Bernhard Weßels, and Christof Wolf (Eds.) Voters and Voting in ContextMultiple Contexts and the Heterogeneous German ElectorateOxford: Oxford University Press 2017

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Schroeder, Wolfgang; Weßels, Bernhard (Hrsg.). 2016. Arbeitgeber- und Wirtschaftsverbände in Deutschland. Wiesbaden: Springer VS (2., vollständig überarbeitete Auflage), 725 S.
 
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Schoen, Harald; Weßels, Bernhard (Hrsg.). 2016. Wahlen und Wähler. Analysen aus Anlass der Bundestagswahl 2013. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
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Cover Voters on the move or on the run?
Weßels, Bernhard; Rattinger, Hans; Roßteutscher, Sigrid; et al. (Hrsg.). 2014. Voters on the Move or on the Run? Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Kandidatenstudie 2013

Motive, Nominierung, Wahlkampf, Repräsentation und Demokratie aus der Sicht der Bundestagskandidatinnen und Bundestagskandidaten