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Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels

Portrait Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels (Photo: David Ausserhofer)
Research Fields
  • Comparative political behavior
  • Research on elections and political attitudes
  • Interest intermediation, and comparative studies on political representation
  • Comparative politics
  • Democracy
Contact
fon: +49 30 25491 315
fax: +49 30 25491 345
mail: bernhard [dot] wessels [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Research Fellow of the Research Unit
Research Fellow of the Completed Bridging Project
CV

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)

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
  • 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. (vorab online publiziert 15.06.2016)
  • 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, Special Issue "Changing the European Debate. A Rollback of Democracy", edited by Helmut K. Anheier, 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. (Vorab online publiziert 14. Juni 2011)
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.
Downloads from the project