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Citizens, Politics and Democracy (working group)

Mission Statement

The fundamental content dimension underlying this section is the "input side" of modern democracies: values and norms, political socialization, attitudes and participation of citizens, communication and media. Here, processes of political socialization, information processing, and factors of the respective institutional context form the core of the research efforts. How do socially and politically relevant attitudes and value orientations develop? What factors enable or hinder citizens' participation in politics and society? How is (civil) societal value change triggered and what influences does this have on the structure, functioning and performance of democracy? What role do media and digital changes play in this process? This also brings questions of social, gender-specific and political inequality into focus. By including local, national and institutional contexts, the section's work is also based in principle on a comparative perspective.

The aim of our research section is to contribute to the knowledge of the (inter)national scientific community in a basic sense. We take up substantively relevant questions and aim to answer them in a methodologically appropriate way and anchored in empirical social research.

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Section Head

fas fa-envelopeDr. Philipp Kleer (Budget Responsible)


Other Memers of the Section

fas fa-envelopeTim Schmidt (Webmaster)


Upcoming dates

  • Working group meeting (June 28, 2023; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Phil II Room E214b)
  • Research colloquium (June 29, 2023; 1 to 6 p.m.; Phil II Room E214b)

... with presentations by AG members. You can find more information in the current program. Interested parties can contact fas fa-envelopeDr. Philipp Kleer with a proposal. Possible contributions must be within the thematic focus of the section. The focus of the working group is on research efforts that consider the "input side" of democracy. This includes the values and norms, political socialization, attitudes, and participation of citizens. Possible contributions must have an empirical component (qualitative or quantitative).



The AG was founded on 29.11.2022. Interested parties are welcome to join the AG and participate in the meetings and events. Please contact the section head for further information. We are looking forward to new members!