Secretariat closed

The secretary is not in from Monday, 9 July 2018, until Thursday, 9 August 2018.


Office hours of Prof. Schmitt-Beck

In the free period of the spring term 2018, the office hours will be held by Prof. Schmitt-Beck on the following dates: Friday, 22 June, Tuesday, 10 July, and Friday, 31 August 2018, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.


New research project: The Conversations of Democracy

The German Research Foundation has accepted the financial basis for the new project of the Chair of Political Science I: "The Conversations of Democracy. Citizens' Everyday Communication in the Deliberative System". The project will be established with the  Mannheim Centre of European Social Research (MZES). Further information can be found here.


Prize at the DataFest of the LM University of Munich

Congratulations of the Chair to our student assistant Alexander Staudt who is part of the team "R-squared Mannheim" that was awarded with a prize in the category "Best Use Of Outside Data" at the DataFest Germany 2016 of the LM University of Munich! You can find information on the DataFest at (only in German) and a contribution of the Bavararian Broadcasting (Bayerischer Rundfunk) on Big Data and the DataFest at


Archive: News before 2016

RAM prize for the best MA thesis

(June 24, 2014)

The MA thesis “The moderating impact of interpersonal communication on the relationship between news media usage and political knowledge - Evidence from Germany 1990″ written by Anne Schäfer in the fall/winter term 2013 has been awarded by the prize endowed by RAM e.V. for the best MA thesis of her cohort in Political Science. The whole Chair team is pleased with the success of its colleague!

Third prize of ECPR Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award to Stefanie Walter

(September 6, 2012)

At the ECPR Summer School of Methods and Techniques taken place in Ljubljana the third prize of the ECPR Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award 2012 was attributed to Stefanie Walter for her poster presentation of her dissertation project about the visibility of citizens in the European public on which she is working as a student of the CDSS. Warm congratulations of the whole Chair to the laureate!

Prof. Dr. Faas is leaving the chair

(August 29, 2012)

After having hold the junior professorship of Political Science with focus on voter behaviour since 2009, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas leaves our chair much to our regret on 1 September. He follows a call of the University of Mainz where he will occupy the professorship for Methods of Empirical Political Research. We wish him all the very best for his future!

Dissertation prize awarded to Dipl.-Soz.Wiss. Huber

(June 18, 2012)

The Bojanovsky Prize (fur further information please look here) launched for the first time was awarded to Dipl.-Soz.Wiss. Sascha Huber for his dissertation “Strukturen des politischen Kontexts und die demokratische Kompetenz der Wähler. Experimentelle Studien zur Urteils- und Entscheidungsbildung” (Structures of political context and democratic competence of the voters. Experimental studies concerning the judgment formation and decision making). The Foundation Council of the Prof. Dr. Anna- und Prof. Dr. Jörg Jiri Bojanovsky-Stiftung appreciated the dissertation as the best work of a young scientific talent at the University of Mannheim in 2012. The dissertation will be published by Nomos-Verlag in July 2012. The whole team of the Chair extends warm congratulations to the prize winner!

German Longitudinal Election Study will go on

(January 26, 2012)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has recently decided to continue the funding of the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES; further information on DGfW). The DFG will provide more than three million euros for a comprehensive study of the German federal election 2013. The project is directed by Prof. Dr. Hans Rattinger (University of Mannheim), Prof. Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt), Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck and PD Dr. Bernhard Weßels (WZB Berlin). The collected data can be freeely and fully downloaded by the scientific community on the website of GESIS.

Dissertation prize for Prof. Dr. Faas

(September 20, 2011)

The German Political Science Association (DVPW) has rewarded the dissertation of Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas with its prize 2011 for promoting young scientists. The study named “Arbeitslosigkeit und Wählerverhalten. Direkte und indirekte Wirkungen auf Wahlbeteiligung und Parteipräferenzen in Ost- und Westdeutschland” (Umemployment and Voting Behaviour. Direct and Indirect Consequences for Voter Turnout and Party Preferences in East and West Germany) was published in 2010 by Nomos-Verlag Baden-Baden and can be ordered here. The laudation of the prize winner will be published in Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS) 4/2011 and is available here (in German only). For further information please look here.
The whole team of the Chair extends warm congratulations to the prize winner!

Thorsten Faas appointed junior professor

(July 31, 2009)

Thorsten Faas, research associate at the Chair of Political Science I - Political Sociology, has been appointed junior professor of Political Science, particularly electorial behaviour, at the University of Mannheim. The professorship is associated with the  Chair of Political Science I - Political Sociology.

Final report on survey among members of the DVPW published

(February 25, 2009)

The final report on the opinion poll about the journal „Politische Vierteljahresschrift“ (PVS), has been published and can be downloaded here (PDF, 648 kB, German only). The survey was conducted by Thorsten Faas and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck on behalf of the DVPW and the editorial board of the PVS last year. It focuses on publications in political science and peer reviewing among members of the DVPW. The report comprises an executive summary, a reprint of the preliminary report “Die deutsche Politikwissenschaft und ihre Publikationen: Ist und Soll. Ergebnisse einer Umfrage unter den Mitgliedern der DVPW” (originally published in DVPW-Rundbrief 139), marginal distributions of all closed questions, the questionnaire, all letters of invitation to participate and some screen shots of the online survey.

Thorsten Faas selected as Fellow of the British Election Study

(February 4, 2009)

Thorsten Faas - lecturer in political science at the University of Mannheim - is one of 20 junior reseachers who been selected for the Fellows Programme of the British Election Study. The British Election Study is one of the longest running research programmes of electoral studies in the world. Part of the 2009/2010 edition is the newly setup Fellows Programme. Its aim is to provide a research training experience for early and mid-career scholars on the development of the BES as a valuable research resource. The first meeting of the newly selected fellows will be held at the University of Essex from June 5-7. See for further information on the BES and its Fellows Programme.


New research project: German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)

(December 22, 2008)

The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has just approved the funding of the German Longitudinal Election Study GLES. Initiated by theGerman Society of Electoral Research (DGfW), this project will focus on the upcoming German Federal Election 2009. It will be continued at the following elections in 2013 and 2017. The GLES is the largest German election study so far. Two components will be conducted by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck at the Mannheim Center of Social Research (MZES). Further components will be directed by Prof. Dr. Hans Rattinger (Gesis, University of Mannheim), Prof. Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt) and PD Dr. Bernhard Weßels (WZB Berlin).

The project comprises a major long-term effort in social science data collection in Germany. Its basic approach, scope and ambition are inspired by the best programs of national election studies in the world, such as the American National Election Study (ANES), the British Election Study (BES), and the National Annenberg Election Study (NAES). The GLES will produce a wealth of data that will be shared with the entire community of electoral researchers both in Germany and abroad as well as all other interested social scientists.

For further information please click here (PDF, 166 kB).

New research project: Campaign dynamics 2005

(November 4, 2008)

At the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) the new research project “Campaign Dynamics 2005. Mobilizing and Persuading Effects of Television News on Voters during the 2005 German General Election Campaign” has started. The project is conducted by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-BeckAnsgar Wolsing participates as researcher at the MZES. The project is supported by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). 

Research Questions:
The project aims at the first comprehensive analysis of campaign effects on electoral behavior in Germany. Analyzing the 2005 general election in Germany, it is studied if and how TV news coverage of the 2005 election campaign had an influence on perceptions, attitudes und party preferences of voters and thereby also affected election results. In order to study this dynamic, the dataset of a nationally representative Rolling Cross-Section with interviews on a daily basis during the campaign is combined with content analysis of the major TV news coverage during the same period of time. With this integrated dataset, it will be possible to link media content directly to corresponding orientations of voters (“linkage” strategy of research). This approach promises more valid results than an analysis that is based only on survey data (“attentiveness” approach). The project will provide detailed insights into the dynamic effects of TV coverage on voters’ attitudes on parties, candidates and issues (political persuasion) and voters’ involvement in the political process (political mobilization).

The dataset used for the content-analysis here is stored in the GESIS data-archive, No ZA4997.