Final exams

In the spring term 2019, the date for the final exam for the MA lecture "Comparative Government: Political Institutions and the Political Process" held by Prof. Debus is fixed on Wednesday, 12 June 2019. The retake is planned to be on Friday, 30 August 2019. Time and place are to be announced.


The people and its representatives

A team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung has undertaken a study about how the population is represented in the German federal parliament by analysing a questionnaire sent to the Members of the Bundestag.  Prof. Debus added some interesting aspects to this study in an interview. You can find the German article "Volk und Vertreter" (The people and its representatives) in the internet. 


New Publications

Gross, Martin/Marc Debus. 2017. "Does EU regional policy increase parties' support for European integration?" West European Politics (forthcoming: doi: 10.1080/01402382.2017.1395249).

Dassonneville, Ruth/Marc Hooghe/Marc Debus. 2017. "Economic voting in a federal country: Overcoming the limited clarity of responsibility". In: Kris Deschouwer (Ed.): Mind the Gap. Political Participation and Representation in Belgium. London: Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming).

Dassonneville, Ruth/Pierre Baudewyns/Marc Debus/Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck. 2017. "The time of the vote. Causes and consequences of late deciding". In: Kris Deschouwer (Ed.): Mind the Gap. Political Participation and Representation in Belgium. London: Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming).


New Publications

Gross, Martin. 2017. "‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’? Determinants of Local Coalition Formation and Termination between the CDU and the Greens, 1994–2016." German Politics (online first:

Gross, Martin/Tim Niendorf. 2017. "Determinanten der Bildung nicht-etablierter Koalitionen in den deutschen Bundesländern,1990–2016." Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (online first: doi: 10.1007/s12286-017-0340-2).


New blog entry

Prof. Marc Debus has published a blog entry about the possible coalitions after the German Federal Election 2017 and their probabilities. You can find the entry here (only in German).


New Publication

In one of the next issues of the Journal of European Public Policy, the following article will be published:

Schäfer, Constantin/Marc Debus. 2017. "No Participation without Representation. Policy Distances and Abstention in European Parliament Elections." (online first:


New Publication

Baumann, Markus/Marc Debus/Martin Gross. 2017. “Strength of weakness? Innerparteiliche Heterogenität, divergierende Koalitionspräferenzen und die Ergebnisse von Koalitionsverhandlungen in den deutschen Bundesländern.” Politische Vierteljahresschrift 58, 2: 179-204.


New Publications

Bäck, Hanna/Marc Debus. 2017. “Representing the Region on the Floor: Socioeconomic Characteristics of Electoral Districts and Legislative Speechmaking.” Parliamentary Affairs (online first:

Debus, Marc/Jale Tosun/Marcel Maxeiner. 2017. "Support for Policies on Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment among Parties and Coalition Governments." Politics & Policy 45, 3: 338-371.

Bräuninger, Thomas/Marc Debus/Fabian Wüst. 2017. "Governements, Parliaments, and Legislative Activity." Political Science Research and Methods 5, 3: 529-554.

Debus, Marc. 2017. O impacto das coligações nas preferências dos eleitores e no comportamento eleitoral. In: Silvana Krause/Carlos Machado/Luís Felipe Miguel (Eds.): Coligações e disputas eleitorais na nova República. Rio de Janeiro: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung/São Paulo: Editora Unesp: 93-107.


New Contribution in FAZ-Net

Today, there are established political scientist who blame the loss of relevance of the Political Science and accuse their young colleagues of focussing on third-party funding and not contributing to the important debates in society. Prof. Marc Debus is joining Prof. Thorsen Faas and Prof. Armin Schäfer in standing up to these reproaches. You can find the contribution in the FAZ-Net here (only in German).


New Article

Gross, Martin. 2017. "Machtstrukturen in der lokalen Politik." In: Markus Tausendpfund/Angelika Vetter (Eds.): Politische Einstellungen von Kommunalpolitikern im Vergleich. Wiesbaden: Springer VS: 111-149 (online).


New Yearbook

Linhart, Eric/Marc Debus/Bernhard Kittel (Eds.). 2017. Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.(Further information)


New Article

Schäfer, Constantin. 2017. "Euroskeptizismus und Wahlenthaltung. Motivationen unterschiedlicher Nichtwählertypen bei der Europawahl 2014." Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (online first).


New research contribution

In the course of the COHESIFY project Dr. Martin Gross is working on a paper in which the results of the sub-project "Party Positions and European Integration" will be summarized. Further information can be found here. The paper can be downloaded here.


New Blog entry

On 21 September 2016, Prof. Marc Debus has published a blog entry in the online services of the newspaper Tagesspiegel: "Jede Farbkombination birgt ihre Konsequenzen". You can find the entry here.


Dissertation prize to Martin Gross

Congratultions from the Chair of Comparative Government to Dr. Martin Gross who was awarded with the dissertation prize for the best dissertation 2016 granted by the Förderverein des Instituts für Politikwissenschaft der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena e.V. for his dissertation "Koalitionsbildungsprozesse auf kommunaler Ebene: Schwarz-Grün in deutschen Großstädten". The prize is endowed with 400 Euros.


Work on EU-funded Horizon2020 project COHESIFY started

As reported in the university magazine FORUM, the work on the new project COHESIFY that is funded within Horizon2020 by the EU, has started. Therein, an international  group of scientists - among these Prof. Debus - studies whether the regional development funds granted by the EU has an impact on the image and the acceptance of the EU with the citizens. Further information can be found here.


Article in "Frankfurter Rundschau"

Together with Prof. Potrafke from the LMU Munich, Prof. Debus has written a guest contribution about the current situation of the CDU after the State election in Baden-Württemberg for the daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau. You can read the article here.


Contribution in Zeit Online

Marc Debus has commented on the actual political situation in Baden-Württemberg in the run-up to the Landtag election. The contribution can be found here.


New Publication

The doctoral thesis of our research associate Martin Gross has just been published:

Gross, Martin. 2016. Koalitionsbildungsprozesse auf kommunaler Ebene. Schwarz-Grün in deutschen Großstädten. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.


Press Release

On the latest research results found by Prof. Marc Debus who was studying the influence of partisanship on the ban of biotechnology in cooperation with Prof. Hanna Bäck and Prof. Jale Tosun, the Mannheim Centre of European Social Research has published a press release. You can find it here (only in German).


New Blog Entry

On 7 October 2015, a blog entry of Constantin Schäfer with the titel "If Eurosceptic parties continue to prosper European elections could hinder further European integration"  appeared in the blog "Democratic Audit UK" of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  You can find the blog entry here.


Blog Entry

On 3 August 2015, a blog entry of Prof. Dr. Marc Debus and Martin Gross with the titel "Local politicians take the party affiliation of directly elected mayors into account when forming coalitions"  appeared in the blog "Democratic Audit UK" of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The article summarizes the central results of the paper "Coalition formation at the local level: Institutional constraints, party policy conflict, and office-seeking political parties" that was published online by Party Politics. You can find the blog entry here. You can download the paper here.


Interview with Martin Gross

On 16 March 2015, the daily journal Mannheimer Morgen published an interview with the political scientist Martin Gross with the title „Basta-Politik wird von Bürgern nicht geschätzt“. He is talking about the official duties of a Major and the personal characteristics that candidates must have. You can find the whole interview here.

New Project: Where Is My Party? Determinants of Voter Agreement about the Ideological Positions of Political Parties

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has declared to take over the funding of a new project, that Prof. Debus has developed in cooperation with Prof. Margit Tavits (Washington University, St. Louis) and Prof. Zeynep Somer-Topcu (Vanderbilt University, Nashville).  The project explores why voters are better able to understand the policy positions of some parties than others. The project will be hosted at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and start on 1 March 2015. For further information please visit our pages on research.

Report of Martin Gross

Martin Gross reports about his experiences made in a cyclus of Winter School and Summer School of the ECPR in an interview published in the ECPR news 3.2 2013. The article "Following the methods school path" can be found here.