Political Science Methods


Research Focus

Since October 2023, this department is led by Professor Robert A. Huber. In addition to developing and conveying new methodological approaches, the substantive research focus of the department lies in the field of Comparative and International Politics. Specifically, the group’s research focus revolves around examining how globalization poses new challenges to liberal democracy. Utilizing state-of-the-art methods, we investigate areas such as democratic backsliding, climate and environmental politics, populism, and trade policy.


The following personnel of the Department of Political Science is doing research and teaches in the field of political science methods:

Recent Publications


  • Dür, Andreas / Robert A. Huber / Gemma Mateo / Gabriele Spilker (2023). Interest Group Preferences towards Trade Agreements: Institutional Design Matters, in: Interest Groups & Advocacy, 12(1), 48–72.  https://doi.org/10.1057/s41309-022-00174-z.
  • Dür, Andreas / Robert A. Huber / Yannick Stiller (2023). Trade Competitiveness, Constituency Interests, and Legislators’ Attitudes Towards Trade Agreements, in: Legislative Studies Quarterly (Early View).   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/lsq.12426.
  • Eberl, Jakob-Moritz / Robert A. Huber / Niels G. Mede / Esther Greussing (2023). Populist Attitudes towards Politics and Science: How Do They Differ?, in: Political Research Exchange, 5(1), 2159847.  https://doi.org/10.1080/2474736X.2022.2159847.
  • Erhardt, Julian (2023). Political support through representation by the government. Evidence from Dutch panel data, in: Swiss Political Science Review, 29(2), 202–222.  https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12561.
  • Erhardt, Julian / Markus Freitag / Maximilian Filsinger (2023). Leaving democracy? Pandemic threat, emotional accounts and regime support in comparative perspective, in: West European Politics, 46(3), 477–499.  https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2022.2097409.
  • Huber, Robert A. / Michael Jankowski / Christina‐Marie Juen (2023). Populist Parties and the Two‐dimensional Policy Space, in: European Journal of Political Research, 62(3), 989–1004.  https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12569.
  • Huber, Robert A./ Michael Jankowski / Carsten Wegscheider (2023). Explaining Populist Attitudes: The Impact of Policy Discontent and Representation, in: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 64(1), 133–54.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11615-022-00422-6.
  • Jankowski, Michael / Robert A. Huber (2023). When Correlation Is Not Enough: Validating Populism Scores from Supervised Machine-Learning Models, in: Political Analysis, 31(4), 591–605.  https://doi.org/10.1017/pan.2022.32.
  • Wamsler, Steffen / Markus Freitag / Julian Erhardt / Maximilian Filsinger (2023). The Pandemic and the Question of National Belonging: Exposure to Covid-19 Threat and Conceptions of Nationhood, in: European Journal of Political Research, 62(2), 510–529.  https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12515.


  • Beiser-McGrath / Liam F. / Robert A. Huber/ Thomas Bernauer / Vally Koubi (2022). Parliament, People or Technocrats? Explaining Mass Public Preferences on Delegation of Policymaking Authority, in: Comparative Political Studies, 55(4), 527–54.  https://doi.org/10.1177/00104140211024284.
  • Bräuninger, Thomas / Thomas Däubler / Robert Huber / Lukas Rudolph (2022). How Open Lists Undermine the Electoral Support of Cohesive Parties, in: British Journal of Political Science, 52(4), 1931–43.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123421000417.
  • Erhardt, Julian / Markus Freitag / Steffen Wamsler / Maximilian Filsinger (2022). What drives political support? Evidence from a survey experiment at the onset of the corona crisis, in: Contemporary Politics, 28(4), 429–446.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13569775.2021.2010345.
  • Huber, Robert (2022). Populism and Climate Change, in: Luca Manucci (ed.): The Populism Interviews, London: Routledge, 135–39.  https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003250388.
  • Huber, Robert A. / Esther Greussing / Jakob-Moritz Eberl (2022). From Populism to Climate Scepticism: The Role of Institutional Trust and Attitudes towards Science, in: Environmental Politics, 31(7), 1115–38.  https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2021.1978200.
  • Stiller, Yannick / Andreas Dür / Robert A. Huber (2022). Education and Trade Attitudes: Revisiting the Role of Economic Interest, in: World Trade Review, 21(4), 497–511.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474745621000562.

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