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Hanspeter Kriesi

Research Projects

Hanspeter Kriesi  has served as the president of the group of experts for the Priority program "Demain la Suisse" of the Swiss National Science Foundation (1995-2003) and as a member of the scientific board of the WZB-Berlin (1994-2002).  He has been a visiting professor at Cornell University (1994-95) and at the WZB-Berlin (2000-2001). At the University of Zurich, he has directed the CIS - the Centre for comparative and international studies (2002-2005), as well as the Swiss national competence centre for research on democracy - the NCCR-Democracy (2005-2012).

  • The ERC research programme POLCON will assess the contemporary development of European democracies and the politicization of the European integration process in the shadow of the Great Recession which started with the breakdown of Lehman Brothers in Autumn 2008 and is still ongoing. To grasp the political consequences of the economic crisis, the project proposes a combination of a comparative-static analysis of thirty European countries and a dynamic analysis of political conflict in a selected number of cases. It intends to link the study of elections to the study of political protest, covering Western, Southern as well as Central and Eastern European countries. For this purpose, the project will be based on survey data and on an original content analysis of protest events, election campaigns, and issue-specific public contestation across territorial levels and political arenas. (project ended June 2019).

  • The ERC Synergy programme SOLID - Policy crisis and crisis politics, sovereignty, solidarity and identity in the EU post 2008: together with Waltraud Schelkle (LSE) and Maurizio Ferrera (University of Milano) will try to assess the presence of both, a deep crisis and apparent resilience of the EU polity, and how this plays out in different member states. A sequence of critical junctures which have posed an existential threat for the very survival of the EU as a polity. Yet the Union has not fallen apart and we saw partial institutional adaptation under extremely adverse conditions. We seek answers in crises as ‘moments of truth’: they mobilise public attention and require immediate policy action. More specifically, we ask five general questions: What made shocks escalate into foundational crises of sovereignty, solidarity and identity? What kind of interactions between policy-making and politics were activated in these crises? How did political coalitions evolve and change in each crisis? Which were key decisions that contributed to the EU’s resilience? What are the theoretically conceivable outcomes of the EU’s deep political crisis?  The programme starts in July 2019 and is planned to last for six years.                                     



Current Supervisees:

Axelsen Jørgen Eikvar Embracing the Leper: Local collaboration with anti-system parties in Scandinavia

Canalejo Molero, Alvaro The Consequences of Political Disaffection on Political Participation before and after the Great Recession in Europe

De Jong Jona Franciscus Out of control, into populism? A mixed-method study on the effect of low control on populist attitudes

Dollbaum, Jan Fabian The effects of protest on public opinion

Hoes Emma Strategic Disinformation: How to Deal with Bullshit in Western Contemporary Democracies. A mixed-methods study exploring post-truth claims' political purpose, effect and solution

Klein Ofra The politicisation of cultural issues online; The framing of migration, Islam and European integration on populists right-wing Facebook pages in Western-Europe

Nasr Mohamed The Devil is in the Detail: Causes and Consequences of Strategic Ambiguity

Paxton Fred The Populist Radical Right in Local Power: Understanding different forms of local government leadership by populist radical right parties in Western Europe

Shilov, Lev Participatory Budgeting in Russian Regions: Administration, Civil Society and Public Debate 

Widman Tobias Affective Politics: Identifying Determinants of Emotional Appeals in Political Discourse


Former Supervisees

ALTIPARMAKIS Argyrios post-doc Research Fellow, EUI

BREMER Bjoern Senior Researcher at the MPI for the Study of Societies

BÜRGISSER Reto Post-doctoral researcher, Univ. Zurich

ARES ABALDE Macarena, Assistant, Department of Political Science, Univ Zurich

BORBATH Endre, post-doctoral researcher at WZB 

CASTELLI GATTINARA DI ZUBIENA Pietro, is assistant professor (post-doctoral fellow), at C-Rex, Univ. Oslo

COLOMBO Céline, post-doctoral researcher, (Oberassistentin) Univ. Zurich

DAMHUIS, Koen, Assistant Professor, Univ. Utrecht

DENNISON James, research fellow, EUI/RSCAS, Migration Policy Center

GESSLER Theresa, Assistentin, Institut f. Politikwissenschaft, Univ. Zurich

HERNANDEZ PEREZ Enrique, Postdoctoral Researcher Departament de Ciència Política, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) 

HUNGER Sophia, Research Fellow, Center for Civil Society Research, WZB, Berlin

KUEBLER Johanne, post-doc

LILJEQVIST Nina The asymmetrical effect of European integration on national parliaments: A view from inside the Swedish Riksdag, current position: official Swedish Parliament

MALET Giorgio, post-doctoral researcher, Univ. Zurich

MICHEL Elie University of Lucerne, post-doctoral researcher 

PALACIOS Irene post-doctoral fellow

RATHGEB Philip Since October 2016, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Policy Analysis and Political Theory, University of Konstanz

SALO Sanna is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University

SCHULTE-CLOOS Julia, research fellow, LMU Munich

SKULKIN Igor Why Incumbents Survive? Authoritarian Dominance and Regime Persistence in Russia

SZTAJDEL Agnieszka The Post-truth Narrative in Post-Smolensk Poland

VIDAL LORDA Guillem Postdoctoral Researcher at WZB Berlin

VOSS Kristian, post-doc

WANG Chendi, research fellow, G Feltrinelli Foundation

WITAJEWSKA BALTVILKA Baiba, post-doc, started working as External Researcher on the project "Party Competition on Climate Change", commissioned by the Institute of Structural Research at Warsaw

Selected Publications

  • Kriesi, Hanspeter and Guillem Vidal 2019. Types of democrats. Florence: unpublished ms.

  • Hutter, Swen, and Hanspeter Kriesi. 2019. European party politics in tiems of crisis, New York: Cambridge University Press
  • Hutter, Swen and Hanspeter Kriesi, "Politicizing Europe in times of crisis", JEPP, 2019
  • Hutter, Swen, Hanspeter Kriesi and Jasmine Lorenzini 2019. Social movements in interaction with political parties, pp. 322-337 in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to social movements, new and expanded edition, edited by David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi and Holly J. McCammon, New York: Wiley.
  • Snow, David A. Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi and Holly J. McCammon (eds.) 2019, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to social movements, new and expanded edition, New York: Wiley.
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter, 2018, The implications of the euro crisis for democracy, JEPP, 25(1): 59-82
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter, 2018. "Revisiting the Populist Challenge",  Politologický casopis; Czech journal of politicalscience, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 5-27
  • Hutter, Swen, Hanspeter Kriesi and Guillem Vidal. 2017. "Old versus new politics: the political spaces in Southern Europe in tiems of crises". Party Politics OnlineFirst
  • Lorenzini, Jasmine, Swen Hutter, and Hanspeter Kriesi 2016. The restructuring of the Western European Party space in the crisis: a comparative study of Austria, France, and Germany, pp. 241-69, in Pablo Iglesias-Rodríguez, Anna Triandafyllidou, and Ruby Gropas (eds.). After the Financial Crisis. Shifting Legal, Economic and Political Paradigms, London: Palbgrave-Macmillan
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter and Mónica Ferrín, How Europeans view and evaluate democracy, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Hutter, Swen, Edgar Grande and Hanspeter Kriesi (eds.) 2016. Politicizing Europe. Integration and mass politics. Cambridge U Press
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter 2016. Mobilization of protest in the age of austerity. pp. 67-90 in Marcos Ancelovici, Pascale Dufour and Héloïse Nez (eds.). Street Politics in the Age of Austerity. From the Indignados to Occupy. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP.
  • Makarov, Peter, Jasmine Lorenzini, and Hanspeter Kriesi. 2016. "Constructing an Annotated Corpus for Protest Event Mining". Proceedings of 2016 EMNLP Workshop on Natrual Language Processing and Computational Social Science, pp. 102.7, Austin, TX, Nov 5, 2016
  • Hernandez, Enrique and Hanspeter Kriesi 2016. Turning your back on the EU. The role of Eurosceptic parties in the 2014 European Parliament elections, Electoral Studies,
  • Hernandez, Enrique and Hanspeter Kriesi 2015. The Electoral Consequences of the Financial and Economic Crisis in Europe, European Journal of Political Research 55 (2): 203-24
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter and Takis Pappas 2015, European populism in the shadow of the great recession, Colchester, ECPR Press
  • Grande, Edgar and Hanspeter Kriesi 2015. The restructuring of political conflict in Europe and the politicization of European integration, pp. 190-223 in European Public Spheres. Politics Is Back, edited by Thomas Risse. Cambridge U Press.
  • Dong, Lisheng, Hanspeter Kriesi, Daniel Kübler (eds.) 2015. Urban mobilizations and new media in contemporary China, Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Kübler, Daniel, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Lisheng Dong 2015. Introduction, pp. 1-18 in Dong, Lisheng et al. (eds.), Urban mobilizations and new media in contemporary China, Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter, Daniel Kübler and Lisheng Dong  2015. Conclusion, pp. 167-182 in Dong, Lisheng et al. (eds.), Urban mobilizations and new media in contemporary China, Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Beramendi, Pablo, Silja Häusermann, Herbert Kitschelt, Hanspeter Kriesi (eds.) 2015. The Politics of Advanced Capitalism. Cambridge U. Press. Beramendi, Pablo, Silja Häusermann, Herbert Kitschelt, and Hanspeter Kriesi 2015. Introduction: The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, pp. 1-64 in The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, edited by Pablo Beramendi et al., Cambridge U. Press.
  • Häusermann, Silja and Hanspeter Kriesi 2015. What Do Voters Want? Dimensions and Configurations in Individual-Level Preferences and Party Choice, pp. 202-230 in The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, edited by Pablo Beramendi et al., Cambridge U. Press.
  • Beramendi, Pablo, Silja Häusermann, Herbert Kitschelt, and Hanspeter Kriesi 2015. Conclusion: Advanced Capitalism in Crisis, pp. 381-403 in The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, edited by Pablo Beramendi et al., Cambridge U. Press.
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter. 2014. "The Political Consequences of the Economic Crises in Europe: Electoral Punishment and Popular Protest." Pp. 297-333 in Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes and Protest in the Great Recession, edited by Nancy Bermeo and Larry M. Bartels. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • Kriesi, Hanspeter. 2014. "The Populist Challenge." West European Politics 37(2):361-78
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter, MÜLLER Lars, (eds) Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge, Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich, 2013
  • BORNSCHIER, Simon and Hanspeter KRIESI, "The Populist Right, the Working Class, and the Changing Face of Class Politics", in Class Politics and the Radical Right, Jens Rydgren (ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, 2013:10-30
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter; LAVENEX, Sandra; ESSER, Frank; MATTHES, Jörg; BÜHLMANN, Marc; BOCHSLER, Daniel, Democracy in the age of globalization and mediatization, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter; GRANDE, Edgar; DOLEZAL, Martin; HELBLING, Marc; HÖGLINGER, Dominic; HUTTER, Swen; WÜEST, Bruno, Political Conflict in Western Europe, Cambridge UP, Cambridge/New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter "Das Abstimmungsverhalten der Schweizer Stimmbürgerinnen und Stimmbürger: wie wirken Abstimmungskapagnen?", in Wahl-Probleme der Demokratie, Béatrice Ziegler and Nicole Wältli (eds.) Zurich: Schulthess, 2012:39-58
  • HÄNGGLI, Regula; KRIESI, Hanspeter (2012), Frame Construction and Frame Promotion (Strategic Framing Choices), American Behavioral Scientist, 2012, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 260-278
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter (2011), Personalization of national election campaigns, Party Politics, 2011, pp.1-20 
  • HÄNGGLI, Regula; KRIESI, Hanspeter (2010), Political Framing Strategies and their Impact on Media Framing in a Swiss Direct-Democratic Campaign, Political Communication, 2010, vol.27, no.2, pp. 141-157
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter (2010), Restructuration of Partisan Politics and the Emergence of a New Cleavage Based on Values, West European Politics, 2010, vol. 33, no.3, pp.673-685 
  • HÄNGGLI, Regula; KRIESI, Hanspeter; MARR, Mirko; SELB, Peter (2009) Partisan choices in a direct-democratic campaign, European Political Science Review (2009), vol.1, no.1, p.155-172 
  • BERNHARD, Laurent; HÄNGGLI, Regula; KRIESI, Hanspeter (2009) The Politics of Campaigning - Dimensions of Strategic Action, Politik in der Mediendemokratie (PVS Sonderheft 42), 2009, pp 345-365
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter; TRESCH, Anke; JOCHUM, Margit (2007) Going Public in the European Union. Action Repertoires of Western European Collective Political Actors, Comparative Political Studies, 2007, vol.40, no.1, pp.48-73 
  • ADAM, Silke; KRIESI, Hanspeter; JOCHUM, Margit (2006) Comparative analysis of policy networks in Western Europe, Journal of European Public Policy (2006), vol.13, no.3, pp.341-361  
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter, Edgar GRANDE, Romain LACHAT, Martin DOLEZAL, Simon BORNSCHIER, Tim FREY 2006. ‘Globalization and the Transformation of the National Political Space: Six European Countries Compared’, European Journal of Political Research 45, 6: 921-957 
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter (2005) Economics and Politics: towards a dialogue between economics and political science, Swiss Political Science Review, 2005, vol.11, no.4, pp.249-268 
  • BEYELER, Michelle; KRIESI, Hanspeter (2005) Transnational Protest and the Public Sphere, Mobilization: an International Quarterly, 2005, vol.10, no.1, pp.95-109
  • HILL, Jennifer L.; KRIESI, Hanspeter (2001) Classification by Opinion-Changing Behavior: A Mixture Model Approach, Policy Analysis, 2001, vol.9, no.4, pp.301-324 
  • JEGEN, Maya; KRIESI, Hanspeter (2001) The Swiss energy policy elite: the actor constellation of a policy domain in transition, European Journal of Political Research, 2001, vol.39, no.2, pp. 251-287
  • KRIESI, Hanspeter (1998), The transformation of cleavage politics. The 1997 Stein Rokkan lecture, European Journal of Political Research, 1998, vol.33, no.2, pp.165-185


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