Professor Dr. Jochen Müller

Assistant Professor

Political Sociology
Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3, Room 3.06
Phone: +49 3834 420 3170
Fax: +49 3834 420 3153
jochen.muelleruni-greifswaldde

Office hours:
by appointment registration via secretary's office

 

Vita
Professional experience

 

since 10.2015

Assistant professor (Juniorprofessor) of political sociology

Department of Political Science and Communication Studies, University of Greifswald.

 

since 09.2013

External Fellow

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim.

 

09.2013 - 09.2015

Lecturer

Department of Government, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom.

 

09.2012 - 08.2013

Junior Research Fellow

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim.

Project: ‘Intra-party Heterogeneity and its Political Consequences in Europe’

  

04.2012 - 08.2012

Junior Research Fellow

Work group ‘Political System of Germany’, University of Oldenburg.

Project: ‘Intra-party Heterogeneity and its Political Consequences in Europe’

 

10.2009 - 03.2012

Junior Research Fellow

Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim.

Project: ‘Party Competition in Multi-level Systems: An Analysis of Programmatic Strategy of Parties, Government Formation and Policy Making in European States’

 

08.2006 - 07.2007

Student assistant

Emmy Noether-Junior research group ‘Comparative Legislation’, University of Konstanz.

Project: ‘Comparative Legislation (II)

Education

07.2013

Ph.D. (Political Science)

Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam

Dissertation: ‘Demokratische Responsivität auf regionaler Ebene: Eine vergleichende Untersuchung des Entscheidungsverhaltens von Wählern und Parteien in europäischen Mehrebenensystemen’

First supervisor: Steffen Ganghof, second supervisor: Thomas Bräuninger

 

09.2007 - 09.2009

Ph.D. student

Graduate school ‘Institutions and Policies: Patterns of Reciprocity (IPPR)’

Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Potsdam

 

07.2007

Diploma (Politics and Public Administration)

Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz

Thesis: ‘Muster und Determinanten der Dynamik von Parteipositionen - Eine Analyse der Parteiensysteme der deutschen Bundesländer’

First supervisor: Thomas Bräuninger, second supervisor: Adrian Vatter

 

09.2004 - 06.2005

Political science (Erasmus)

Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom.

 

10.2001 - 07.2007

Politics and Public Administration

Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz.

Publications

Articles in peer reviewed journals

Bräuninger, Thomas, Marc Debus, Jochen Müller & Christian Stecker (forthcoming): ‘Die programmatischen Positionen der deutschen Parteien zur Bundestagswahl 2017: Ergebnisse einer Expertenbefragung’, Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie.

Bräuninger, Thomas, Marc Debus, Jochen Müller & Christian Stecker (2018): ‘Party Competition and Government Formation in Germany: Business as Usual or New Patterns?’, German Politics (Online first).

Bäck, Hanna, Markus Baumann, Marc Debus & Jochen Müller (2018): ‘The Unequal Distribution of Speaking Time in Parliamentary Party Groups’, Legislative Studies Quarterly (Online first).

Ewert, Stefan, Michael Jankowski & Jochen Müller (2018): ‘Politikpositionen von Regierungen im Ländervergleich. Heterogenität am Beispiel der Agrarpolitik’, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 12(4): 683-702.

Müller, Jochen (2018): ‘German regional elections: Patterns of second-order voting’, Regional & Federal Studies, 28(3): 301-324

Thomas Däubler, Jochen Müller & Christian Stecker (2018): ‘Assessing democratic representation in multi-level democracies’, West European Politics, 41(3): 541-564.  

Obert, Peter & Jochen Müller (2017): ‘Representation and new party survival in multi-level systems’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 27(4): 413-432.

Bräuninger, Thomas, Jochen Müller & Christian Stecker (2016): ‘Modeling Preferences Using Roll Call Votes in Parliamentary Systems’, Political Analysis 24(2): 189-210.

Baumann, Markus, Marc Debus & Jochen Müller (2015): ‘Convictions and Signals in Parliamentary Speeches: Dáil Éireann Debates on Abortion in 2001 and 2013’, Irish Political Studies 30(2): 199-219.

Baumann, Markus, Marc Debus & Jochen Müller (2015): ‘Personal Characteristics of MPs and Legislative Behavior in Moral Policymaking’, Legislative Studies Quarterly 40(2): 179–210.

Klingelhöfer, Tristan & Jochen Müller (2015): ‘Consociational and rational coalitions: Norm-based government formation and the case of the Dutch provinces’, Acta Politica 50(1): 101-124.

Bäck, Hanna, Marc Debus & Jochen Müller (2014): ‘Who Takes the Parliamentary Floor? The Role of Gender in Speech-making in the Swedish Riksdag’, Political Research Quarterly 67(3): 504-518.

Debus, Marc & Jochen Müller (2014): ‘Expected utility or learned familiarity? The formation of voters’ coalition preferences’, Electoral Studies 34(1): 54-67.

Müller, Jochen & Christian Stecker (2014): ‘Zur Aussagekraft von Idealpunktschätzungen in parlamentarischen Systemen. Eine Analyse potentieller Auswahlverzerrungen’, Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie 8: 85-111.

Baumann, Markus, Marc Debus & Jochen Müller (2013): ‘Das legislative Verhalten von Bundestagsabgeordneten zwischen persönlichen Charakteristika, Wahlkreisinteressen und Parteilinie: Eine Untersuchung am Beispiel der Auseinandersetzung um die Präimplantationsdiagnostik’, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 23(2): 177-211.

Bäck, Hanna, Marc Debus, Jochen Müller & Henry Bäck (2013): ‘Regional Government Formation in Varying Multilevel Contexts: A Comparison of Eight European Countries’, Regional Studies 47(3): 368-387.

Debus, Marc & Jochen Müller (2013): ‘Do the Coalition Preferences of Voters Affect the Outcome of the Government Formation Process?’, West European Politics 36(5): 1007-1028.

Debus, Marc & Jochen Müller (2013): ‘The programmatic development of CDU and CSU since reunification: Incentives and constraints for changing policy positions in the German multi-level system’, German Politics 22(1-2): 151-171. Auch erschienen in: Simon Green und Ed Turner (Hrsg.) Understanding the Transformation of Germany’s CDU (London: Routledge).

Müller, Jochen (2013): ’‘On a Short Leash?’ Sub-National Party Positions between Regional Context and National Party Unity’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties 23(2): 177-199.
(Best Paper Award of the JEPOP in 2013.)


Debus, Marc & Jochen Müller (2012): ‘Bewertung möglicher Regierungen oder Spiegel des politischen Wettbewerbs? Determinanten der Koalitionspräferenzen der Wähler in den Bundesländern von 1990 bis 2009’, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 22(2): 159-186.

Müller, Jochen & Marc Debus (2012): “‘Second order”-Effekte und Determinanten der individuellen Wahlentscheidung bei Landtagswahlen: Eine Analyse des Wahlverhaltens im deutschen Mehrebenensystem’, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 6(1): 17-47.

Debus, Marc, Jochen Müller & Peter Obert (2011): ‘Europeanisation and government formation in multi-level systems: Evidence from the Czech Republic’, European Union Politics 12(3): 381-403.

Debus, Marc & Jochen Müller (2011): ‘Government Formation After the 2009 Federal Election: The Remake of the Christian–Liberal Coalition Under New Patterns of Party Competition’, German Politics 20(1): 164-185.

Giger, Nathalie, Jochen Müller & Marc Debus (2011): ‘Die Bedeutung des regionalen Kontexts für die programmatische Positionierung von Schweizer Kantonalparteien’, Swiss Political Science Review 17(3): 259-285.

Müller, Jochen (2009): ‘The Impact of the Socio-Economic Context on the Länder Parties’ Policy Positions’, German Politics 18(3): 365-384.


Book
Thomas Bräuninger & Marc Debus (in Zusammenarbeit mit Jochen Müller) (2012). Parteienwettbewerb in den deutschen Bundesländern. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.


Book chapters
Debus, Marc & Jochen Müller (2016): ‘Koalitionsoptionen und Lagerdenken aus Wählerperspektive. Eine Analyse anhand der Parteiensympathien der Bundesbürger von 1977 bis 2011’. S. 119-148 in: Sigrid Roßteutscher, Thorsten Faas und Ulrich Rosar (Hrsg.) Bürger und Wähler im Wandel der Zeit: 25 Jahre Wahl- und Einstellungsforschung in Deutschland.

Debus, Marc & Jochen Müller (2013): ‘Lohnt sich der Sprung über den Lagergraben? Existenz und Effekte politischer Lager im bundesdeutschen Parteienwettbewerb’. S. 259-278 in: Frank Decker, Eckhard Jesse (Hrsg.) Die deutsche Koalitionsdemokratie vor der Bundestagswahl 2013 (Baden-Baden: Nomos).
      
Other publications

2015 Müller, Jochen: ‘Book review of Bernhard, Weßels, Hans Rattinger, Sigrid Roßteutscher & Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Voters on the Move or on the Run?’, German Politics 24(2): 208-210.

Bräuninger, Thomas, Marc Debus & Jochen Müller (2013). Estimating Policy Positions of Political Actors Across Countries and Time. Mannheim. Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung: Arbeitspapiere; 153.

 

 

Research project: The populist challenge in parliament

Founding: German Research Foundation

Period: 2018-2021

Project heads: Prof. Dr. Jochen Müller, Prof. Dr. Andreas Blätte (University of Duisburg-Essen), Dr. Marcel Lewandowsky (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg), Dr. Christian Stecker (University of Mannheim, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research)

 

The enduring electoral success of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) marks the first establishment of a right-wing populist party in the party system of post-war Germany. In light of this historical turning point, political scientists need to investigate the reasons for the AfD’s rise and how it transforms democratic competition in Germany. Many studies have already addressed these questions with a specific interest on the AfD’s electorate, its policy positions, political leadership and strategies. Furthermore, its role in the German state parliaments has been assessed in various case studies and comparative studies.

However, major lacunae remain. Having a strong focus on the AfD, many studies neglect how the AfD interacts with established party groups and how the parliamentary arena has changed under its presence. Moreover, while studies are well informed by the literature on populism, too few insights are derived from the literature on legislative studies and party competition. Existing studies are also limited with regard to the parliaments, behavioural aspects and the period of investigation they study.

Our project aims to fill this gap and pursues three specific goals. First, using various behavioural indicators, we will analyse the patterns of the AfD’s parliamentary behaviour as well as the underlying preferences and strategies. Second, we will examine the interaction between the AfD and established parliamentary party groups to gain a comprehensive understanding of party competition in the Landtage. Third, synthesizing insights from the literature on populism, party competition, and legislative studies, we will explain the variation in the AfD’s behaviour and in the patterns of parliamentary interaction. Our main focus is on parties’ parliamentary rhetoric, the framing of topics, issue attention, and ideological as well as issue-specific positions. We will analyse parliamentary speeches, parliamentary initiatives (e.g. parliamentary questions, resolutions, amendments) and behavioural data (e.g. voting behaviour for specific issues).

Our project advances the state of the art in various respects. First, it provides comprehensive insights into the role of the AfD in parliaments, which will also be of interest to the international study of populism. Second, it employs and enhances the most recent techniques of computer-based text mining in order to compile a novel and extensive data set. These data not only allow for a rich description and robust tests of our hypotheses but will also enable other scholars to investigate questions that are beyond our project. Third, it promises robust and rich insights by using the most recent qualitative and quantitative tools of text analysis, created by the computational social science and eHumanities.