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Fernand Braudel Senior Fellows 2018-2019

Geoffrey Evans (Nuffield College)

During my time in EUI I will be working on understanding and characterising the current process of party system realignment in Britain. The move from a class-based party system to an education based one – with higher education as the new marker of being left-wing – looks as though it has occurred in a remarkably short time as a result of political events and the main parties’ responses to them.  This swift realignment has been facilitated by a growth in voter of volatility that has enabled parties to respond rapidly to the opportunities and demands presented by, in particular, EU immigration and the Brexit vote. The similarities and differences between the British, other European and US cases will be developed to deepen our understanding of the restructuring of British party competition and the form it may take in years to come.

Period of Stay: Apr - June 2019

Office: BF-191

Tel. + 39 055 4685 635 (Int. 2635)



Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg)


Marc Helbling is full professor in political sociology at the Department of Political Science at the University of Bamberg and a Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center where he has previously been head of the Emmy-Noether research group ‘Immigration Policies in Comparison’ (IMPIC). In the past he has been a visiting researcher and lecturer at among others Princeton University, Harvard University, New York University, Oxford University and the University of Sydney. His research fields include immigration and citizenship policies, nationalism, xenophobia/islamophobia and right-wing populism. His work has appeared in political science journals (e.g., Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics), sociology journals (e.g., European Sociological Review, Social Forces) and migration journals (Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies).


During his research stay at the EUI he plans to investigate the relationship between liberal democratic norms and immigration policies, attitude towards immigrants and tolerance. At the individual level it will be investigated how widespread these fears are compared to cultural and economic threat perceptions and whether they affect different people. At the institutional level it will be investigated whether democratic regimes pursue more liberal immigration policies than authoritarian regimes. A series of survey experiments will be conducted and existing datasets on democracy regimes, integration/immigration policies and individual attitudes will be analysed.

Period of Stay: Sept - Dec 2018

Office: BF-196

Tel. + 39 055 4685 277 (Int. 2277)


Margaret Kohn (University of Toronto)

Margaret Kohn is a professor of political theory at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests are in the areas of the history of political thought, critical theory, social justice, and urbanism. Her most recent book The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth was published by Oxford University Press (2016). It won the David Easton Award for Best Book in Political Theory and the Judd Award for Best Book in Urban and Local Politics. She is the author of Radical Space: Building the House of the People (Cornell University Press 2003), and Brave New Neighborhoods: The Privatization of Public Space (Routledge 2004) and Political Theories of Decolonization (with Keally McBride, Oxford  University Press, 2011).  Her articles have appeared in such journals as Political Theory, Journal of Politics, Polity, Dissent, Constellations, Theory & Event, and Philosophy and Social Criticism. 

Research plan: I plan to complete the introduction to an edited collection of translated writings by the French solidarists and a scholarly article on solidarity.

Period of Stay: Jan - Mar 2019

Office: BF-191

Tel. + 39 055 4685 635 (Int. 2635)

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).

Research Project

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

Office: BF-196

Tel. + 39 055 4685 277 (Int. 2277)

Maria Rita Testa (Vienna Institute of Demograhy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Maria Rita Testa

Maria Rita Testa is senior researcher and head for teaching and research training at the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She teaches at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in the framework of an international master program (Socio-ecological Economics and Policy). Her research interests include family demography, reproductive decision-making, fertility, multilevel models, panel data, life course, climate change, and social sustainability. Maria Rita Testa earned her degree in Political Science from "Sapienza" University of Rome; she received her PhD in Demography from University of Florence and her habilitation in Demography and Social Statistics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research findings have been published, inter alia, in: Population and Development Review, European Journal of Population, Demographic Research, Population, Population Research and Policy Review, and Population & Environment.


Research items:  

--) transition between reproductive decision-makings and life course events

--) interrelation between intentions and events pertaining to different life course domains

--) cross-national comparative analysis of fertility, reproductive intentions and family types 


Period of Stay: Dec 2018 - Feb 2019

Office: BF-196

Tel. + 39 055 4685 277 (Int. 2277)

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