Ferdinand Müller-Rommel (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
Ferdinand Müller Müller-Rommel is Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. He was Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales (Australia), the University of Miami, the University of California (Irvine), Siena University and the European University Institute. He was member of the ECPR Executive Committee (Vice-Chair) and President of the German Political Science Association (2016-2018). He has published books and peer-review journal articles on political executives, party government, and party systems in Western democracies. Among his recent book publications are Governing New European Democracies (with Jean Blondel und Darina Malova, Palgrave Macmillan 2007); Party Government in the New Europe (ed. with Hans Keman, Routledge 2012); Party Politics and Democracy in Europe (Essays in honour of Peter Mair) (WEP Series) (ed. with Fernando Casal Bértoa, Routledge 2016); The Oxford Handbook of Political Executives (ed. with Rudy Andeweg, Robert Elgie, Ludger Helms, and Juliet Kaarbo, Oxford University Press 2019 – forthcoming).
During my visit as FBF at the EUI, I would like to finish a book length manuscript entitled ‘The Performance of Prime Ministers in Liberal Democracies: A Comparative Perspective’. The book is based on a large research project that is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (340.000€; MU 618/15-1). It is closely linked to the research theme ‘Transformation of Government and Democracy’ at the Department of Political and Social Sciences.
The book provides an empirical definition of ‘Prime Ministers Performance’ (PMP) in 25 European parliamentary systems (1949-2017) and explains their variation cross-nationally and over time. Theoretically, the project is based on the ‘statecraft model’ that focuses on the individual political strength of prime ministers. Methodologically, it creates an empirical record of PMP (N-339) (dependent variable). Second, it examines the career patters of prime ministers (independent variable). Third, it measures the link between PMP and career patterns by taking into consideration three intervening variables: institutional-, political-, and economic factors that have an impact on PMP (applying bivariate; time-series-cross-section (TSCS) regression analysis).
Period of Stay: Feb - May 2019
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