Comparative Politics

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The core of this research area is devoted to the comparison of political institutions and processes in consolidated liberal democracies. The research is conducted in two organisational subunits -"Comparative Political Institutions, Leadership and Governance" and"Austrian Politics in Comparative Perspective". The special focal points include, on the one hand, the international and historical comparative study of governments, rulers and parliaments, and, on the other hand, the empirical analysis of democratic elections and political communication. A cross-arena element of the research agenda is the examination of questions of "comparative institutional engineering" and democratic reform. In regional terms, the focus is on the democratic systems of Western Europe, with particular attention to Austria. These agendas are complemented by broader intercontinental and transnational references.


Current Projects

Projects, scholarships and other third-party funds

Research Projects

  • Habersack, Fabian Jonas: VOCAL. Voting, Congruence, and Anti-Liberalism. A Survey Experimental Approach.
    Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck - Vizerektorat für Forschung, Early Stage Funding
    2022-09-01 - 2023-08-30

  • Dingler, Sarah Caroline: Can a woman do the job? Introducing a gender perspective on legislative oversight.
    Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
    2022-04-01 - 2025-04-30

  • Hayek, Lore; Dingler, Sarah Caroline; Senn, Martin: Communicating the COVID-19 Crisis: Comparative Analysis of Crisis Communication by Governments and Heads of State.
    Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF), Akutförderung SARS-CoV-2
    2021-10-01 - 2025-09-30 (Web link)

  • Hayek, Lore; Senn, Martin: Land Tirol Doktoratsstipendium "Politische Bildung".
    Land Tirol
    2021-06-01 - 2024-09-30 (Web link)


  • Habersack, Fabian Jonas: Wie schaffen die Parteien ein Gleichgewicht zwischen Reaktionsfähigkeit und ideologischer Kontinuität? Untersuchung des Wandels der ideologischen Positionen der Parteien bei zentralen und peripheren politischen Themen (Prof. Dr. Annika Werner).
    Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck - International Relations Office, Staff Incoming
    2024-06-03 - 2024-06-23

Current Publications

Dingler, Sarah; Kroeber, Corinna: Blog Counting Counts.


(Co-)Edited Books

Anthology / Collected Edition (Editorship)
  • Pallaver, Günther; Weber, Wolfgang; Jenny, Marcelo (2024 im Druck): Kommunalwahlen in Vorarlberg 1950–2020. Fakten, Prozesse, Perspektiven. Innsbruck, Wien u.a.: Studienverlag. ISBN 978-3-7065-5514-2. (Web link)

Contributions to Books / Journals

Journal Article (Original Paper)
  • Dingler, Sarah C.; Hayek, Lore; Schwaderer, Christian; Senn, Martin; Kraxberger, Andreas M.; Ragheb, Nada (2024): Everyone will know someone who died of Corona: Government threat language during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    In: European Journal of Political Research online first. (DOI)

  • Hayek, Lore (2024): Media Framing of Government Crisis Communication During Covid-19.
    In: Media and Communication 12, No. 7774. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Hayek, Lore; Mayrl, Manuel; Rußmann, Uta (2024): Women politicians in Austria: Still not breaking the media ceiling.
    In: Communications-European Journal Of Communication Research 49/1, pp. 99 - 117. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Helms, Ludger (online first): Prime ministers in waiting? Women leaders of the opposition in Westminster systems.
    In: Party Politics. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Helms, Ludger; Vercesi, Michelangelo (online first): Cabinet Reshuffles in Parliamentary Democracies: A Typology and Framework for Comparative Analysis.
    In: Government and Opposition, p. PII S0017257X2200. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Helms, Ludger; Vercesi, Michelangelo (online first): The Comparative Politics of Cabinet Reshuffles.
    In: Government and Opposition, p. PII S0017257X2200. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Dingler, Sarah C.; Kroeber, Corinna (2023): Myths About Women in the Political Executive—How Gender Stereotypes Shape the Way MPs Assess the Competences of Ministers.
    In: Political research quarterly 76/3, pp. 1403 - 1417. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Dingler, Sarah C.; Ramstetter, Lena (2023): When Does She Rebel? How Gender Affects Deviating Legislative Behaviour.
    In: Government and Opposition 58/3, pp. 437 - 455. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Dingler, Sarah; Helms, Ludger (2023): Parliamentary women opposition leaders: A comparative assessment across 28 OECD countries.
    In: Politics and Governance 11/1, pp. 85 - 96. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Habersack, Fabian; Heinisch, Reinhard; Jansesberger, Viktoria; Mühlböck, Armin (2023): Perceived Deprivation and Voter Turnout in Austria: Do Views on Social Inequality Moderate the Deprivation—Abstention Nexus?
    In: POLITICAL STUDIES 71/4, pp. 1006 - 1024. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Habersack, Fabian; Werner, Annika (2023): How non-radical right parties strategically use nativist language. Evidence from an automated content analysis of Austrian, German, and Swiss election manifestos.
    In: Party Politics 29/5, pp. 865 - 877. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Helms, Ludger (2023): Why do Parties Select Non-Partisan Ministers? The Paradox of Ministerial Selection in Austria.
    In: Representation 59/3, pp. 513 - 530. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Kroeber, Corinna; Dingler, Sarah C. (2023): Crisis and Gender in Legislative-Executive Relations.
    In: Politics & Gender 19/3, pp. 908 - 914. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Ohmura, Tamaki; Willumsen, David (2023): Free votes and the analysis of recorded votes: evidence from Germany (1949–2021).
    In: West European Politics 46/6, pp. 1205 - 1221. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

  • Otjes, Simon; Willumsen, David (2023): Winning & losing in coalition systems. A quasi-experimental study of the effect of coalition formation on satisfaction with democracy.
    In: Electoral Studies 84, Nr. 102646. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Willumsen, David (2023): Policy preferences, unity, and floor dissent in the European parliament.
    In: Journal Of European Public Policy 30/10, pp. 2010 - 2030. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Review)
  • Helms, Ludger (2023): Political oppositions in democratic and authoritarian regimes: A state-of-the-field(s) review.
    In: Government and Opposition 58, pp. 391 - 414. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

Journal Article (Editorial)
  • Dingler, Sarah C.; Helms, Ludger; Müller, Henriette (2023): Women opposition leaders: Conceptual issues and empirical agendas. Politics and Governance.
    In: Politics and Governance 11/1, pp. 80 - 84. (Full-text) (DOI) (Web link)

Book Chapter (Original Paper)
  • Fernandes, Ana Tereza; Jenny, Marcelo (2024): Dezentralisierung und Korruption: eine komplexe Beziehung.
    In: Bußjäger, Peter; Eller, Matthias: Compliance und Transparenz – Korruptionsprävention als Mehr-Ebenen-Aufgabe. Wien: new academic press (= Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Föderalismus, 140)., ISBN 978-3-7003-2316-7, pp. 23 - 35. (Web link)

  • Hayek, Lore (2023): Der Tiroler Landtagswahlkampf 2022.
    In: Karl, Beatrix; Mantl, Wolfgang; Poier, Klaus; Prisching, Manfred; Ziegerhofer, Anita: Steirisches Jahrbuch für Politik 2022. Wien [u.a.]: Böhlau., ISBN 978-3-205-21806-7, pp. 61 - 66. (Web link)

  • Helms, Ludger (2023): Presidents and Prime Ministers – Then and Now.
    In: Keating, Michael; McAllister, Ian; Page, Edward C; Peters, B Guy: The Problem of Governing. Essays for Richard Rose. Houndmills [u.a.]: Palgrave Macmillan (= Executive Politics and Governance)., ISBN 978-3-031-40816-8, pp. 97 - 116. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Helms, Ludger; Umek, Philipp (2023): Der*die Bundespräsident*in.
    In: Prapotnik, Katrin; Perloth, Flooh: Das politische System Österreichs: Basiswissen und Forschungseinblicke. Wien [u.a.]: Böhlau., ISBN 978-3-205-21594-3, pp. 271 - 297. (DOI) (Web link)

  • Jenny, Marcelo (2023): Parteien und Parteiensystem.
    In: Prapotnik, Katrin; Perloth, Flooh: Das politische System Österreichs: Basiswissen und Forschungseinblicke. Wien [u.a.]: Böhlau., ISBN 978-3-205-21594-3, pp. 101 - 128. (DOI) (Web link)

(Book) Reviews

Journal Article (Book Review)
  • Willumsen, David (2023): John Gerring, Brendan Apfeld, Tore Wig, Andreas Forø Tollefsen (2022): The Deep Roots of Modern Democracy: Geography and the Diffusion of Political Institutions.
    In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (OeZP) / Austrian Journal of Political Science 52/3, pp. 22 - 23. (DOI) (Web link)

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