New Publications in Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen

Thorsten Faas has contributed two articles to the latest issue of Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen (ZParl), which deals with public opinion research. The first article examines necessary preconditions for survey effects on citizens. One of the possible effects was examined in the second article, written together with Sascha Huber, which takes up the question whether opinion polls had an impact on the poor election results of the FDP in the last Bundestag election:

  • Thorsten Faas: Zur Wahrnehmung und Glaubwürdigkeit von Umfragen aus Sicht der Bürger: Ein Test zweier notwendiger Bedingungen für Umfrageeffekte, in: Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 46, 2015, S. 692–707.
  • Thorsten Faas, Sascha Huber: Haben die Demoskopen die FDP aus dem Bundestag vertrieben? Ergebnisse einer experimentellen Studie, in: Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 46, 2015, S. 746–759.

New Publication: PVS Special Issue 50 – Political Psychology

pvs_sonderheft„Political Psychology tries to explain political phenomena in a diverse range of fields. This is true for the research on political elites as well as on mass politics, as can be proved by recent developments in the international scientific community. First steps towards this development can also be regarded in Germany, however, knowledge is still not satisfactorily transferred between the different branches of political science as well as between the fields of political science and psychology. With its focus on the cross-sectional topic of political psychology, the special issue wants to strengthen this perspective in German discourse and fill existing gabs.” This was the aim that Thosten Faas and his co-publishers Cornelia Frank (University of Frankfurt) and Harald Schoen (University of Mannheim) formulated in their call for papers in July 2013.
The academic response was outstanding – more than 100 proposals were handed in from all branches of political research. After an internal and external reviewing process and an authors’ conference in September 2014 in Mainz, the volume was published including 21 contributions. The table of contents can be found on the Nomos website.

The publishing of this volume would not have been possible without the support of numerous people and institutions. We would like to thank the board and advisory council of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), which chose the proposal.

  • Thorsten Faas, Cornelia Frank, Harald Schoen (Hrsg.): Politische Psychologie: Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsparadigma zur Erklärung politischer Phänomene (PVS Sonderheft 50), Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015.

New Publication: Raabisierung von Wahlkämpfen

Just before Stefan Raab’s farewell from TV, a new publication by Thorsten Faas has been published, in which he analyses Stefan Raab’s role in the 2013 TV debate. Faas’ conclusion:
“The idea of choosing Stefan Raab as a presenter to make the TV debate more attractive has been successful. Raab also showed that quality and quantity do not necessarily have to conflict. A Raabisation of electoral campaigns is no panacea for current trends in electoral campaigning, however, it can be an effective measure.”

  • Thorsten Faas: Raabisierung von Wahlkämpfen in Zeiten rückläufiger Wahlbeteiligung? Ein Blick auf das Fernsehduell 2013, in: Ursula Münch, Heinrich Oberreuter (Hrsg.): Die neue Offenheit. Wahlverhalten und Regierungsoptionen im Kontext der Bundestagswahl 2013, Frankfurt a.M.: Campus, S. 287–308.

New Publication: M.BeeP 2nd Edition

Since April 2005, our team edits the working paper series „Mainzer Beiträge zur empirischen Politikforschung (M.BeeP)“ in order to make current results of our research on elections and attitudes accessible to the public.
By means of a volume of tables, the second edition documents the results of a “democracy audit” in Mainz, which was conducted in spring 2015. 250 of 1000 randomly chosen citizens of Mainz who were invited to take part in a survey followed our invitation. This volume shows the results for all survey participants in general as well as differentiated by gender, age and party affiliation.

New Publication on S21 Referendum and Information Booklet

electoral_studiesAn article recently published in Electoral Studies analyzes the information landscape before the referendum on Stuttgart21 and its impact on citizens’ information. The results show that the information booklet, which the government of Baden-Württemberg distributed to all households and which contained the most important arguments against and in favor of the project, was most influential. The information booklet achieved a wide range, was perceived by many citizens from different circles and increased the citizens’ knowledge on the topic. As the impact of the state on citizens’ information in the run-up to direct democratic decisions thus becomes clear, the state should aim at a wide and balanced information distribution.

New Publication: “German Politics” Special Issue

german_politicsLast week, a special issue of “German Politics” on “Voters and Voting in Germany’s Multi-level System” edited by Sigrid Roßteutscher, Thorsten Faas, and Kai Arzheimer was published. Single articles can be elooked at and downloaded on the publisher’s website.

  • Sigrid Roßteutscher, Thorsten Faas, Kai Arzheimer: Voters and Voting in Multilevel Systems – An Introduction
  • Arthur Benz: Making Democracy Work in a Federal System
  • Sigrid Roßteutscher, Thorsten Faas: Multi-Level Voting: A Stabilising Force or a Push towards Increasing Voter Volatility?
  • Heiko Giebler, Aiko Wagner: Contrasting First- and Second-Order Electoral Behaviour: Determinants of Individual Party Choice in European and German Federal Elections
  • Angelika Vetter: Just a Matter of Timing? Local Electoral Turnout in Germany in the Context of National and European Parliamentary Elections
  • Evelyn Bytzek: The Nexus between National Party Preferences and State Elections – A Long-Term Perspective
  • Michèle Knodt, Michael Stoiber: European Elections in Germany: Legitimacy for the European Union?

Publication: „Das weiß ich von Facebook!“

Bürger im StaatIn their latest publication on political communication in social web, Daniela Hohmann and Thorsten Faas consider the question to which extent voters in the Bundestag election 2013 use facebook as a source of political information. The main focus was laid on the scope, target audience, and usage of facebook. The empirical analysis, which is based on data collected during the election campaign, shows that facebook is used as an information platform by a considerable number of voters. However, the condition remains that the information find the reader rather than the other way around.

You can find the article here (p. 221-230).

  • Daniela Hohmann, Thorsten Faas: „Das weiß ich von Facebook!“ – Politische Informationspotenziale in sozialen Online-Netzwerken im Kontext der Bundestagswahl 2013, in: Der Bürger im Staat, 64, 4/2014, S. 221-230.

Publication: The German Federal Election of 2013

WEPIn his latest article, which was recently published in West European Politics, Thorsten Faas analyzes the results of the Bundestags election 2013. The article can be downloaded on the West European Politics website.

  • Thorsten Faas: The German Federal Election of 2013: Merkel’s Triumph, the Disappearance of the Liberal Party, and Yet Another Grand Coalition, in: West European Politics, 38, 2015, S. 238-247.

Publication: Kandidaten, Kommunikation: Analysen zur Bundestagswahl 2009

Koalitionen Just in time for the Bundestag election 2013, the edited volume “Koalitionen, Kandidaten, Kommunikation: Analysen zur Bundestagswahl 2009″, edited by Thorsten Faas, Kai Arzheimer, Sigrid Roßteutscher, and Bernhard Weßels, has now been published:

  • Thorsten Faas, Kai Arzheimer, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Bernhard Weßels (Hrsg.): Koalitionen, Kandidaten, Kommunikation: Analysen zur Bundestagswahl 2009, Wiesbaden: SpringerVS 2013.
  • Thorsten Faas, Kai Arzheimer, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Bernhard Weßels: Koalitionen, Kandidaten, Kommunikation: Die (un)gewöhnliche Bundestagswahl vom 27. September 2009, in: Thorsten Faas, Kai Arzheimer, Sigrid Roßteutscher, Bernhard Weßels (Hrsg.): Koalitionen, Kandidaten, Kommunikation: Analysen zur Bundestagswahl 2009, Wiesbaden: SpringerVS 2013, p. 7–14.

Berliner Republik and hr-iNFO

Less than five months before the Bundestag election, there is a noticeable increase in media interest. Thorsten Faas therefore wrote an article on the Atlantis Effect for the Berliner Republic. You can inform yourself about this effect on the website of the Berliner Republik (de).

  • Thorsten Faas: Der Atlantis-Effekt, in: Berliner Republik, 2/2013, S. 6–7.


Besides this, Thorsten Faas was a guest at the hr-iNFO podcast discussing the chances of newly emerged parties such as AfD and Pirate Party. You can access the podcast online (de).

All quiet on the South-Western Front? No!

It has already been more than two years ago since the green-red federal government took office in Baden-Württemberg. Including the turbulent phase before the federal election 2011 as well as the first referendum for 50 years, one can doubtlessly gain the impression that there have been some changes during this time. Due to this, the Heinrich-Böll Foundation edited a volume on Baden-Württemberg from the perspective of public participation: Experiment Public Participation: The Case Baden-Württemberg (de). Thorsten Faas has contributed an essay to this publication:

  • Thorsten Faas: Im Südwesten nichts Neues? Von wegen! Zwei Jahre Baden-Württemberg im Lichte von Bevölkerungsumfragen, in: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Hrsg.): Experiment Bürgerbeteiligung: Das Beispiel Baden-Württemberg, Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung 2013, S. 22–35.

New Publications

The latest issue of Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ZPol) included an article by Thorsten Faas focusing on the possibility of compulsory voting.

Furthermore, Thorsten Faas and Daniela Hohmann wrote an article entitled “Facebook als Herausforderung für die Politik 2.0” (Facebook as challenge for politics 2.0) for the Forum Kommunalpolitik. The journal is also available for download (de).

  • Thorsten Faas: Thinking about Wahlpflicht: Anmerkungen zu einer überfälligen Diskussion, in: Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 22, 2013, S. 407-418.
  • Thorsten Faas, Daniela Hohmann: Facebook als Herausforderung für die Politik 2.0, in: Forum Kommunalpolitik, 2013, S. 10-12.

New Publication on Stuttgart 21

Within the framework of an edited volume on the historic change of government in Baden-Württemberg, edited by Uwe Wagschal, Ulrich Eith and Michael Wehner, Johannes Blumenberg and Thorsten Faas analyzed long-term attitudes and emotions concerning the infrastructure project “Stuttgart 21”. The edited volume has recently been published and will soon be available at the University Library:

  • Johannes N. Blumenberg, Thorsten Faas: Stuttgart 21: Einstellungen und Emotionen, in: Uwe Wagschal, Ulrich Eith, Michael Wehner (Hrsg.): Der historische Machtwechsel: Grün-Rot in Baden-Württemberg, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2013: S. 229–246.

New Publication and MPSA

From April 11-14 Thorsten Faas and Johannes N. Blumenberg participated in this year’s Midwest Political Science Association’s (MPSA) annual conference in Chicago, where they delivered the following lectures:

  • Thorsten Faas: State Elections in Light of Fukushima and the Affective-Intelligence-Model: The German Case of Baden-Württemberg.
  • Thorsten Faas, Johannes N. Blumenberg: Capturing Campaign Dynamics 2.0: A Rolling Panel Study in the Run-Up to the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Election 2011.
  • Johannes N. Blumenberg: Of Hearts, Minds and Inner Conflicts: The Impact of Multiple Party Identifications on the Individual Vote Choice.


At the beginning of April, another article was published in the context of the study on the referendum on “Stuttgart 21”.

  • Thorsten Faas, Johannes N. Blumenberg: Jenseits der Volksabstimmung: Einstellungen zu Stuttgart 21 und zur Demokratie in Baden-Württemberg, 2010-2012, in: Frank Brettschneider, Wolfgang Schuster (Hrsg.): Stuttgart 21. Ein Großprojekt zwischen Protest und Akzeptanz, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2013: S. 299 – 315.

New Publication: Quo Vadis, Welfare State

Based on his dissertation, Thorsten Faas comparatively analyzed the question of how the institutional context affects unemployment experience. The resulting publication has recently been issued in the anthology “Verunsicherte Gesellschaft – überforderter Staat: Zum Wandel der Sicherheitskultur” edited by Christopher Daase, Stefan Engert und Julian Junk.

  • Thorsten Faas: Quo vadis, Wohlfahrtsstaat? Erfahrungen von Arbeitslosigkeit und Demokratiezufriedenheit im europäischen Vergleich, in: Christopher Daase, Stefan Engert, Julian Junk (Hrsg.): Verunsicherte Gesellschaft – überforderter Staat: Zum Wandel der Sicherheitskultur, Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2013, S. 299–316