Profilbild Goerres Prof Dr Achim 2021

​​ Arbeitsgruppe für Empirische Politikwissenschaft


The current and planned research projects associated with this working group could be classified into five themes

  • Political participation

  • Political attitudes

  • Generational politics in ageing societies

  • Political elites

  • Political parties

In terms of the political science sub-disciplines, our research can be defined as political sociology, comparative politics, comparative political behaviour and welfare state research.

Methods of empirical research do not constitute a research topic in its own right. We strive to apply a broad set of empirical, cutting-edge methods at the highest standard. Sometimes, we do write a methodological piece as we encounter a particular problem in our substantive research projects.

In order for you to get a gist of what we are doing, we list ten books that we consider to be typical of and fundamental to our research. If you like one or some of these books, you are going to like our research.

  • Brooks, Clem, and Jeff Manza. 2007. Why Welfare States Persist: the Importance of Public Opinion in Democracies. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
  • Campbell, Angus, Philip E. Converse, Warren E. Miller, and Donald Stokes. 1960. The American Voter. New York/London: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Dahl, Robert A. 1961. Who Governs? Democracy and Power in an American City. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Dahrendorf, Ralf. 1959. Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Esping-Andersen, Gøsta. 1990. The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Franklin, Mark N. 2004. Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Established Democracies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pampel, F., and J.B. Williamson. 1989. Age, Class, Politics and the Welfare State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pierson, Paul, ed. 2001. The New Politics of the Welfare State. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Putnam, Robert D. 1973. The beliefs of politicians: ideology, conflict, and democracy in Britain and Italy. New Haven [u.a.]: Yale Univ. Press.
  • Verba, Sidney, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Henry E. Brady. 1995. Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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