Month: May 2013

Conference: Wahlkampf-Strategien 2013 (in German)

Wahlkampf Strategien

From June 11-12, three month before the Bundestag election, the campaign managers of the different parties as well as the heads of the advertizing agencies hired by CDU, SPD, The Greens, FDP, and Pirate Party will present their strategies and concepts for the 2013 electoral campaigning at a conference in Berlin. These presentations will be completed by journalistic and scientific statements and perspectives of which one will be contributed by Thorsten Faas.

The conference’s focus will be put on the latest trends observed in modern electoral campaigning: Which role does social media and last-minute decision making play? Which position is taken by the candidates? And is negative campaigning becoming an increasingly relevant phenomenon?
In order to achieve a large number of audience members, the conference will be broadcasted via live stream. Click here to access the conference’s flyer.

Short Introduction: Julia Hermann

Julia HermannI studied economics with a special focus on social science at the University of Cologne where I specialized in the field of empirical social and economic research. During my studies, I worked as a student assistant at the University of Cologne and GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Science. In my diploma thesis I analysed the electoral behaviour of different groups of swing voters in Germany.
My research interests are methods of empirical social research, political sociology, migration research, and labour market sociology.

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Event Announcement: NIE WIEDER TORTEN (in German)


On June 4, Matthias Stolz and Ole Häntzschel – ZEIT magazine editor and graphic designer (“Deutschlandkarte”) – are going to be our guests in the Statistik I lecture.


How infographics become appealing and exciting

The way of making infographics a stylistic device with informative and entertaining function


The lecture takes place in Alte Mensa / Audimax at 18.00.

The lecture is open to the public – everyone is welcome to come.

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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).



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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.