Peer Steinbrück, candidate for the position of chancellor, was positively assessed by viewers of the head-to-head debate on TV.

Examination of perception and effect of the 2013 head-to-head debate on TV
During a joint live experiment, the University of Koblenz-Landau and the University of Mainz (JGU) examined the perception and effect of the 2013 head-to-head debate of Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union) and her challenger Peer Steinbrück (Social Democratic Party). 326 citizens participated in the examination by watching the debate on TV in the Universities of Koblenz, Landau or Mainz. While watching the debate, they could assess Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück either with the help of control dials or push buttons. Additionally, participants had to fill out questionnaires before and after the debate in order to summarize their opinions. The main results were that Peer Steinbrück could score points and that the participants positively assessed the debate on TV.

Project on e-teaching and e-learning

The unit “Methods of Empirical Political Research” will work on a project on e-teaching and e-learning in the winter semester 2013/2014.

Using Moodle as a platform, additional didactically-prepared material for the Statistics II courses will be available (e.g. additional exercises, Stata glossaries, short introductions to statistical methods).

Our medium-term aim is to broaden this sort of medial companion with regard to further statistical programs such as SPSS and R and to offer an open access for all faculty students.

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Twitter reactions on the TV debate

The unit “Empirical Political Research” analyzes Twitter reactions on the TV debate in the run-up to the Bundestag election. It will be analyzed if Twitter data can be used as a valid measurement for real-time reactions on the debate. The number of tweets as well as their content will be considered with the help of content-analytical techniques such as sentiment analysis. Furthermore, the project examines if classical offline measuring of reactions on political processes coincides with online measuring. The examination therefore describes possibilities of how to measure individual reactions on political happenings in real time.

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Office Hours during the Semester Break

Please note that our office hours have changed during the semester break. The following office hours will take place:

  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas: 06/08 and 04/09, 10.00 – 12.00; please register on Doodle.
  • Apl.-Prof. Dr. Siegfried Schumann: after appointment
  • Johannes N. Blumenberg: 23/07, 13/08, 24/09, and 08/10, 14.00 – 15.00
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Call for Papers: PVS-Special Issue 2015

A call for papers is currently running for the Politische Vierteljahresschrift’s special issue 2015 „Political Psychology“, edited by Thorsten Faas, Cornelia Frank, and Harald Schoen. The closing date for entries is July 31, 2013. Further information on the content of the special issue and the procedure are provided in the call for papers.

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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.

Guest Lecture “Nie Wieder Torten” (No More Pie Charts)

DSC_9710Within the context of the Statistic I Lecture, Matthias Stolz and Ole Häntzschel – ZEIT magazine editor and graphic designer (“Deutschlandkarte”) – were our guests this week. Their topic: “Nie wieder Torten: Was Infografiken schön und spannend macht” (“No more pie charts: How to make info graphics attractive and exciting”).

DSC_9700They showed how statistic data and facts could be transformed into creative (and also amusing) info graphics. The examples published in their books and maps of Germany range from playmobil toys over careers of top politicians to arms supply to crisis regions. En passant, they provided us with a glimpse behind the scenes of “data journalism”.

The conclusion (to put it in Mathias Stolz’s words): “Numbers are not that bad” – from time to time they can be fun.

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New Office Numbers

Although most of us from the field of “methods of empirical research” did not move into the new Georg-Forster building, some office numbers have changed. From now on, you can find our staff in the following offices:

Person Office Number
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas 06-204 (Hegelstraße)
Simone Ndongala (Sekretariat) 06-207 (Hegelstraße)
Apl.-Prof. Dr. Siegfried Schumann 04-448 (Georg-Forster-Gebäude)
Johannes N. Blumenberg, M.A. 06-211 (Hegelstraße)
Dipl.-Vw. Julia Hermann 06-212 (Hegelstraße)
Daniela Hohmann, M.A. 06-212 (Hegelstraße)
Dipl.-Soz.-Wiss. Sven Vollnhals, B.Sc. 06-211 (Hegelstraße)
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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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