International Relations

Research Focus

Research in the cluster of international politics is mainly concerned with the analysis of international economic relations. Faculty members have a special expertise in the politics of trade, regionalism, environmental politics, and international cooperation. Since 2009 this area of scholarship has been under the direction of Prof. Andreas Dür.



The following personnel of the Department of Political Science is doing research and teaches in the field of international politics:


Research Projects

Currently, the following externally financed research projects are carried out by members of the political science department in the field of international politics:

YearRecent Publications
2020Huber, Robert A. (2020). The role of populist attitudes in explaining climate change skepticism and support for environmental protection, in: Environmental Politics, 1–24. [ Link]
Van Hauwaert, Steven M./Robert A.Huber (2020). In‐group solidarity or out‐group hostility in response to terrorism in France? Evidence from a regression discontinuity design, in: European Journal of Political Research (Early View). [ Link]
2019Böhmelt, Tobias/Gabriele Spilker (2019). Selection Bias in Political Science & International Relations Applications, in: Luigi Curini/Robert J. Franzese Jr. (eds): SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science & International Relations, Thousand Oaks (forthcoming).
Dür, Andreas/David Marshall/Patrick Bernhagen (2019). The political influence of business in the European Union, Ann Arbor. [ Link]
Elsig, Manfred/Michael Hahn/Gabriele Spilker (2019). Introduction: Current Challenges and Future Scenarios, in: Manferd Elsig/Michael Hahn/Gabriele Spilker (eds.): The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance, Cambridge, 1–16. [ Link]
Huber, Robert A./Michael L. Wicki/Thomas Bernauer (2019). Public support for environmental policy depends on beliefs concerning effectiveness, intrusiveness, and fairness, in: Environmental Politics, 1–25. [ Link]
Kim, In Song/Helen Milner/Thomas Bernauer/Iain Osgood/Gabriele Spilker/Dustin Tingley (2018). Firms’ Preferences over Multidimensional Trade Policies: Global Production Chains, Investment Protection and Dispute Settlement Mechanisms, in: International Studies Quarterly (forthcoming).
Kim, Soo Yeon/Gabriele Spilker (2019). Global Value Chains and the Political Economy of WTO Disputes, in: Review of International Organization (forthcoming).
Koubi, Vally/Gabriele Spilker (2019). Natural Resources, Environmental Change and Conflict William R. Thompson (ed.): Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory, Oxford (forthcoming).
Mohrenberg, Steffen/Robert A. Huber/Tina Freyburg (2019). Love at first sight? Populist attitudes and support for direct democracy, in: Party Politics, 1-12. [ Link]
Nguyen, Quynh/Gabriele Spilker (2019). The Elephant in the Negotiation Room: PTAs through the Eyes of Citizens, in: Manferd Elsig/Michael Hahn/Gabriele Spilker (eds.): The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance, Cambridge, 17–47. [ Link]
Wicki, Michael/Robert Alexander Huber /Thomas Bernauer (2019). Can policy-packaging increase public support for costly policies? Insights from a choice experiment on policies against vehicle emissions, in: Journal of Public Policy, 1–27. [ Link]
2018Dür, Andreas (2018). How interest groups influence public opinion: Arguments matter more than the sources: How interest groups influence public opinion, in: European Journal of Political Research. [ Link]
Koubi, Vally/Tobias Böhmelt/Gabriele Spilker/Lena Schaffer (2018). The Determinants of Environmental Migrants’ Conflict Perception, in: International Organization, 72(4), 905-936. [ Link]
Lechner, Lisa (2018). Good for some, bad for others: US investors and non-trade issues in preferential trade agreements, in: The Review of International Organizations, 13(2), 163–187. [ Link]
Morin, Jean-Frédéric/Andreas Dür/Lisa Lechner (2018). Mapping the Trade and Environment Nexus: Insights from a New Data Set, in: Global Environmental Politics, 18(1), 122–139. [ Link]
Raess, Damian/Andreas Dür/Dora Sari (2018). Protecting labor rights in preferential trade agreements: The role of trade unions, left governments, and skilled labor, in: The Review of International Organizations, 13(2), 143–162. [ Link]
Spilker, Gabriele/Thomas Bernauer/In Song Kim/Helen Milner/Iain Osgood/Dustin Tingley (2018). Trade at the margin: Estimating the economic implications of preferential trade agreements, in: The Review of International Organizations, 13(2), 189–242. [ Link]
Spilker, Gabriele/Thomas Bernauer/Víctor Umaña (2018). What Kinds of Trade Liberalization Agreements Do People in Developing Countries Want?, in: International Interactions, 44(3), 510–536. [ Link]
2017Beyers, Jan/Andreas Dür/Arndt Wonka (2017). The political salience of EU policies, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 1–12. [ Link]
Dür, Andreas (2017). EU Trade Policy, Virtual Special Issue of the Journal of European Public Policy. [ Link]
Osgood, Iain/Dustin Tingley/Thomas Bernauer/In Song Kim/Helen Milner/Gabriele Spilker (2016). The Charmed Life of Superstar Exporters: Survey Evidence on Firms and Trade Policy, in: The Journal of Politics, 79(1), 133–152. [ Link]
Spilker, Gabriele/Vally Koubi/Thomas Bernauer (2017). International Political Economy and the Environment, in: William R. Thompson (ed.): Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Oxford. [ Link]
2016Böhmelt, Tobias/Gabriele Spilker (2016). The interaction of international institutions from a social network perspective, in: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 16(1), 67–89. [ Link]
Dür, Andreas (2016). Insiders versus outsiders: interest group politics in multilevel Europe, New York, NY. [ Link]
Koubi, Vally/Gabriele Spilker/Lena Schaffer/Thomas Bernauer (2016). Environmental Stressors and Migration: Evidence from Vietnam, in: World Development, 79, 197–210. [ Link]
Koubi, Vally/Gabriele Spilker/Lena Schaffer/Tobias Böhmelt (2016). The role of environmental perceptions in migration decision-making: evidence from both migrants and non-migrants in five developing countries, in: Population and Environment, 38(2), 134–163. [ Link]
Lechner, Lisa (2016). The domestic battle over the design of non-trade issues in preferential trade agreements, in: Review of International Political Economy, 23(5), 840–871. [ Link]
Spilker, Gabriele/Thomas Bernauer/Víctor Umaña (2016). Selecting Partner Countries for Preferential Trade Agreements: Experimental Evidence From Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Vietnam, in: International Studies Quarterly, 60(4), 706-718. [ Link]
Spilker, Gabriele/Vally Koubi (2016). The effects of treaty legality and domestic institutional hurdles on environmental treaty ratification, in: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 16(2), 223–238. [ Link]
Vannoni, Matia/Andreas Dür (2016). Studying preference attainment using spatial models, in: European Political Science. [ Link]
Zimmermann, Hubert/Andreas Dür (eds.) (2016). Key controversies in European integration, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire-New York. [ Link]

Complete lists of publications of the staff members in international politics may be found on their personal websites.