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Wuttke, Alexander; Schoen, Harald, Jungherr, Andreas (in Press). “More than opinion expression: Secondary effects of intra-party referendums on party members“, Party Politics [online first], doi: 10.1177/1354068817745729,  Pre-Print, accompanying websitepublished survey data, replication material

Wuttke, Alexander (2017). “When the world around you is changing: Investigating the Influence of Alienation and Indifference on Voter Turnout“, in: Schoen, Harald; Roßteutscher, Sigrid; Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger; Weßels, Bernhard; Wolf, Christof (eds.): “Voters and Voting in Context”, Oxford University Press, pp. pp. 146–166, doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198792130.003.0008  — Pre-Print, Book at Oxford Scholarship OnlineOnline-AppendixStata Replication Files


What is the leeway (and the responsibility) of political parties for increasing voter turnout? Do voters cast a ballot or abstain from voting in reaction to the policy offerings of political parties? This chapter employs long-term panel data to observe voters´ behavior over time within a changing political context. It shows a limited effect of political parties´ positions on turnout decisions.

Jungherr, Andreas; Finkelnburg, Antonin; Güldenzopf, Ralf; Mader, Matthias; Schoen, Harald; Wuttke, Alexander (2016). “Wirkung politischer Informationsbriefe in Unterstützung von TTIP“, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.           — Download

This study is a general-audience-summary of a project on 1) the predictors of political attitudes towards TTIP and 2) a parallel experiment online and in the field on political persuasion. It shows that attitudes towards TTIP are not driven by self-concerned economic interests but by specific political considerations regarding the contested object itself and that these attitudes are malleable by persuasive attempts of interest groups. 

Wuttke, Alexander (2013) “Die Prekarität des Partizipationsversprechens der Piratenpartei.” In: Deutsche Nachwuchsgesellschaft für Politik- und Sozialwissenschaft e.V. (eds.): “Protest und Demokratie – Politische Soziologie: 1. und 2. Studentische Fachtagung der Deutschen Nachwuchsgesellschaft für Politik- und Sozialwissenschaft.” Hamburg: tredition. — Download

This book chapter is a shortened version of my bachelor´s thesis and applies Robert Michel´s theory of the iron law of oligarchy to the then newly established Pirate Party in Germany. Based on the psychological and organizational mechanisms towards intra-party-centralization and elitization the study analyzes the party´s attempts to counter these tendencies and concludes with a pessimistic outlook on the fate of this political experiment in grassroots democracy. 



Work in Progress 

New political parties through the eyes of the voters [R&R] 

The emergence of political parties was mainly studied on a macro-level, with implicit assump-tions about the underlying considerations of new-party-voters. Yet, to explain the conditions of a successful party establishment, we need to understand the determinants of voting for a new party on an individual level. Using cross-national voter surveys and long-term panel data of German elections from 2005 to 2013, this study contrasts theories of equilibrium- and protest-based emer-gence of new parties. Empirically observed voter behavior does not fully comply with the as-sumptions of neither theory. Rather, new-party-voters are driven by a combination of ideological considerations and a generalized political discontent. These results may inform further theoretical work on the successful establishment of new political parties.

Measuring Effects of Interest Groups’ Mailings in Survey Experiments and in the Field

This project consists of a large-scale field-experiment conducted in cooperation with a German interest group investigating the effects of political communication in the field.  The study is based on a three-wave online survey of respondents (n=4,500 in wave 3) drawn from a heterogeneous online panel. These respondents are randomly assigned to two experimental groups and a control group. Members of the first experimental group receive an issue-mailing by postal mail while members of the second experimental group receive the issue-mailing as a treatment in an online survey experiment. This allows us to identify potential differences in presence and strength of effects on opinions between survey and field experimental conditions. The study speaks to an important substantial question in political communication research—what effects, if any, does have an issue mailing sent by a German interest group on opinions of recipients—as well as a methodological one—can we expect communication effects identified in survey- or lab-experiments to be relevant in the field. — see: presentation WZB Berlin 2016, blog postKAS publication



“Self-determination in political engagement: a motivational persepctive on why citizens do (not) engage with politics”, presented at “Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association”, 04/07/2016 in Chicago-Presentation MPSA 2017

“Comparing evidence from parallel survey and field experiments: The persuasive effect of an interest group mailing”, presented at “Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association”, 04/08/2016 in Chicago-Presentation MPSA 2017

“Testing the power of interest group persuasion – A parallel field- and survey experiment”, presented at “WZB Berlin Social Science Center”, 11/17/2016 in Berlin– Presentation WZB Berlin 2016

“Towards a Self-determination Theory of Political Motivation: The Influence of Need-Supportive Parenting on Political Engagement”, presented at “ECPR General Conference”, 09/09/2016 in Prague

“New political parties through the voter´s eyes: Better the devil you don´t know than the devil you do“, presented at “ECPR Graduate Student Conference“, 06/12/2016 in Tartu — Slides-Download, Paper-Download

„Turnout and Electoral Supply“, presented at: “GLES-Young Researchers Network“, 06/11/2015, Cologne — Download

„Der Bandwagon-Effekt: Entscheiden Sonntagsfragen Wahlen? Eine pfadanalytische Untersuchung des Einflusses veröffentlichter Sonntagsfragen auf das Wahlverhalten bei der Bundestagswahl 2013“, Paper presented at:  Meeting of DVPW Sections “Politics and Communications” & “Elections and Political Attitudes”, 06/06/2014 in Berlin — Download

„Die Partizipationsillusion der Piratenpartei? – Demokratische Mitbestimmungsmöglichkeiten in der Piratenpartei im Kontext des Parteientheorie Robert Michels“ Paper presented at: Meeting of the Association of German Students of Political and Social Sciences, 06/07/2012 in Würzburg.

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