Chair of Political Science I - Political Sociology: Profile

In our research we focus on political attitudes and political behaviour, especially voting behaviour and other forms of political participation of citizens in modern democracies. We pursue a micro-analytical approach which centres on the individual, but takes its social and political context into account. In order to explain citizen attitudes and behaviour, we thus consider both individual characteristics and contextual factors ranging from primary relationships (family, friends) and secondary relationships (neighbours, colleagues) to small scale sociogeographic surroundings to the national level. Information which is transmitted via these contexts as well as individual processing of such information are of central interest to our research. Topics from political communication and political psychology are thus equally important for both our research and teaching.

This profile finds expression in our research projects and publications as well as in our seminars and lectures.