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Chair of Comparative Politics

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

• 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 and Zsuzsanna Végh: Depleting Democracies. Radical right impact on parties, policies, and polities in Eastern Europe. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023.

Oliver Kossack: Pariahs or Partners? Patterns of Government Formation with Radical Right Parties in Central and Eastern Europe, 1990-2020. Bielefeld: transcript, 2023.

Zsuzsanna Végh: Hungary after the General Elections: Down the Road of Autocratisation? (with Sonja Priebus), in: Südosteuropa Mitteilungen 2022/3; Vol 62; pp.7-20.

Zsuzsanna Végh: Orbán, tormenta en el horizonte, in: Política Exterior, No.207, Vol 36. (May/June 2022), pp.40-46.

Michael Minkenberg: Studying the Radical Right with Sidney Tarrow. In: PACO. Partecipazione e Conflitto 15, No. 3 (2022), pp. 993-997.

Michael Minkenberg: Germany, in: Grace Davie und Lucian Leustean (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022, pp. 634-647.

Michael Minkenberg: The radical right in Europe: Cultural shifts and religious nativism“, in: Jeffrey Haynes (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Politics and Ideology. London und New York: Routledge, 2022, pp. 91-105.