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Reher, Stefanie

Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow in Political Science

University of Strathclyde, School of Government & Public Policy, United Kingdom



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2015/2016, 2016/2017

Ph.D. Institution

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


I am a political scientist with a focus on political behaviour and comparative politics. Specifically, I study political attitudes and behaviour, policy representation, and the interplay between them.
In my doctoral thesis, which I defended in 2015 at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College), I analyse the influence of the congruence between citizens’ and parties’ policy preferences on citizens’ satisfaction with democracy and electoral participation. After finishing my DPhil, I worked at the University of Copenhagen on the project GovLis, which investigates the quality and conditions of policy representation in Europe. I am particularly interested in the potential of civil society to strengthen the link between public opinion and policy, as well as in representational inequalities, for instance between women and men.
While I tend to focus on Europe in my research, I am also interested in political and social attitudes in democratizing countries, particularly in Asia. My work relies predominantly on data from large-scale public opinion and elite surveys, in addition to media content analysis, which I analyse using statistical methods.
My research has been published in the European Journal of Political ResearchElectoral Studies, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties.
I have taught courses in quantitative research methods, political sociology, and comparative democratization.
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