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.

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.

Semester Start

We wish you all a successful start to the summer semester 2013.

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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