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Chair of Comparative Politics

Prof. Minkenberg is on sabbatical and will resume his teaching in the summer semester 2021. His availability is restricted. In urgent cases please contact his office.


In both teaching and research, our Chair is dedicated those questions that focus on the ways in which democracies and other regime types work. We attempt to trace the cultural foundations of politics while also bearing in mind the actions and intentions of political and social actors and their impact on society. We have expertise in and a particular focus on the following topics:

• Right wing radicalism in West and East

• Nationalism and populism

• Religion and politics in liberal democracies

• Integration policies in countries of immigration

• Capital cities and public architecture

• Political consultancy

Our comparative perspective is focused primarily on democracies in Western Europe and overseas, as well as the newer democracies in Central and Eastern Europe.


Latest Publications:

Michael Minkenberg: Le retour du nationalisme religieux ? L’évolution de l’agenda de la droite radicale dans les démocraties occidentals, in Piero Ignazi und Dominique Reynié (Hrsg.), La vie politique: Pour Pascal Perrineau. Paris: Les Presses de Sciences Po, 2021, S. 267-281.

Michael Minkenberg, Anca Florian, Zsuzsanna Végh und Malisa Zobel: Depleting democracy? The radical right’s impact on minority politics in Eastern Europe. In: International Political Science Review, Jan. 2021; DOI: 10.1177/0192512120972883

Anja Hennig and Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann (eds.), Illiberal Politics and Religion in Europe and Beyond: Concepts, Actors and Identity Narratives. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2021

Anja Hennig: The spatial dimension of coronavirus crisis management and the role of subnational actors in the German–Polish border region. In: European Societies,  Nov. 2020; DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1846065

Martin Wilk: Fragile kollektive Identitäten. Wie sich soziale Bewegungen radikalisieren​. Bielefeld: transcript, 2020

Michael Minkenberg: Demokratische Architektur in demokratischen Hauptstädten: Aspekte der baulichen Symbolisierung und Verkörperung von Volkssouveränität. In: Julia Schwanholz und Patrick Theiner (eds.), Die politische Architektur deutscher Parlamente. Von Häusern, Schlössern und Palästen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2020, pp. 13-39.

​Lena Schacht und Michael Minkenberg: Das Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin. In: Julia Schwanholz und Patrick Theiner (eds.), Die politische Architektur deutscher Parlamente. Von Häusern, Schlössern und Palästen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2020, pp. 105-124.

Michael Minkenberg: Macht und Architektur. Hauptstadtbau, Demokratie und die Politik des Raumes. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2020.

Lena Schacht: Die katholische Kirche als Vetospieler in der Moralpolitik In: Stefanie Hammer, Oliver Hidalgo (eds.): Religion, Ethik und Politik, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2020, pp. 243-26

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Lecture: `Berlin as a stage for democracy - urban planning forms of political representation´ Prof. Dr. Michael Minkenberg gave a lecture on 15 Oct. 2020 at the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin as part of the Metropolitan Talk which can be accessed under the following link. ​The lecture is only in German, but can be viewed with English subtitles.