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.