Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels

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Research Fellow of the
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

2020/04-2022-03 Acting Director, research unit "Democracy and Democratization" (completed) at the WZB

2003-2020 Deputy director, research unit "Democracy and Democratization", formerly "Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges" at the WZB (Director of the research unit: Wolfgang Merkel)

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

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
Lehmann, Pola/Matthieß, Theres/Regel, Sven/Weßels, Bernhard (2022): Die Ampelkoalition. Wie wird aus unterschiedlichen Zielen ein gemeinsames Regierungsprogramm?. Bielefeld: transcript, 198 S.
Schmitt‑Beck, Rüdiger/Roßteutscher, Sigrid/Schoen, Harald/Weßels, Bernhard /Wolf, Christof (Eds.) (2022): The Changing German Voter. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 388 S.
Weßels, Bernhard/Schoen, Harald (Hg.) (2021): Wahlen und Wähler. Analysen aus Anlass der Bundestagswahl 2017. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, XII, 520 S.
Sanhueza Petrarca, Constanza/Giebler, Heiko/Weßels, Bernhard (2022): "Support for Insider Parties. The Role of Political Trust in a Longitudinal-Comparative Perspective". In: Party Politics, Vol. 28, No. 2, S. 329-341. (vorab online publizier 03.12.2020)
Bartels, Hans-Peter/Schroeder, Wolfgang/Weßels, Bernhard (2021): Empfehlungen für die Arbeit einer Enquete-Kommission des Deutschen Bundestages zu Lehren aus dem Umgang mit der Corona- Pandemie. WZB Discussion Paper SP V 2021-102. Berlin: WZB.
Rose, Richard/Weßels, Bernhard (2021): "Do Populist Values or Civic Values Drive Support for Referendums in Europe?". In: European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 60, No. 2, S. 359-375. (vorab online publiziert 14.04.2020)
Projects

Running

04/2017-08/2023
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

10/2020-09/2023
Observatory of Political Texts in European Democracies (OPTED), funded by the European Commission, Workpackage 4
Co-Director: Bernhard Weßels

Completed

12/2017-09/2021
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

09/2009-12/2021
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

2005-2020
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)

1998-2020
Post-electoral studies to the German federal elections in 1998, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017
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 is pursued in the framework of GLES.
Downloads from the project