My main fields of research are Political Organizations and Parties, Comparative Politics, and Information Technology/Digitalization and Politics.
My research is mostly in government and system theory on a comparative party and government research with a focus on the Federal Republic of Germany as well as political communication of democratic systems, i.e. political sociology.
Here I focus on of transformation processes of intermediate systems and actors due to processes such as digital transformation, globalization, and modernization. Thematically, I cover changes in organizations in the digital age using the example of parties and their involvement in government processes as well as the integration of electronic communication into communication architectures. I see my regional focus on Western systems of government, especially in the Federal Republic of Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Methodically, I work both qualitatively (discourse and content analysis) as well as quantitatively combined with social network analysis, as well as classical statistical methods.
Expert work for:
- German Political Quarterly,
- Journal of Policy Advice,
- Journal of Strategic Communication,
- Internet Histories,
- International Journal of Science Communication,
- Associate Editor of Political Research Exchange,
- Member of the CAIS Programme Commission
My research priorities in short:
- party research, party organizations
- Comparative system theory, in general, informal governance
- political communication, in general. Digitization and new media
- political-cultural research, discourse research
- qualitative and quantitative methods with a focus on social network analysis and triangulation