Marcus Spittler is a research fellow at the department for Democracy and Democratization" since 2015.
His current research focuses on young European adults and their political participation. His interest lies in how changing democratic and political attitudes among young adults, new (technical) possibilities for participation and the emergence of new political entrepreneurs like populist parties, affect the participation behaviour of young adults. Therefore, together with the TUI foundation he conducts the study “Young Europe”, which annually investigates values and attitudes of adolescents in the age of 16 to 26 years old in eleven European countries.
In the past, he has dealt with the relationship between populism and democracy, and investigated the voting behaviour towards populist parties. He previously worked at the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney.
Spittler, Marcus (2018) "Are Right-Wing Populist Parties a Threat to Democracy?", in Wolfgang Merkel and Sascha Kneip (ed.): Democracy and Crisis. Cham, Springer International Publishing, S. 97-121. http://link.springer.com/10.1007/978-3-319-72559-8_5.