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Department of Political Science

Professorship for Political Institutions and European Politics

The research of this group focuses on the institutions or the "rules of the game" that structure democratic politics. The research examines the emergence, impact and development of political institutions. It examines how changes in rules affect political behaviour, both at the level of elected and non-elected political elites and citizens. Individuals are assumed to respond to the incentives that political systems create, both in shaping policy and in seeking elections. Much of the research focuses on legislative and party politics, especially in Europe, and is particularly interested in the interplay between national and European politics. 

Our research is theory-driven and empirical, using a variety of tools to understand democratic politics. Our theoretical tools include formal theory, game theory and agent-based modelling. Empirically, much of our research uses standard econometric techniques as well as quantitative text analysis, machine learning and classification algorithms, survey experiments and other tools. Our aim is always to find the most appropriate empirical tool to answer interesting theoretical questions about democratic governance and European policy. 

Typical research and teaching topics within the group are: 

  • European policy and European integration
  • Legislative policy and behaviour
  • Coalition leadership 
  • The relationship between legislative behaviour and voter behaviour
  • Party politics 
  • Measurement theory and text-as-data in political science

Director of the area


Post Docs:

Doctoral students/assistants:
Verena Reidinger
Felipe Perilla Reyes

Auxiliary assistants:

Main research areas

Political institutions, European integration, European politics, parties, parliaments, legislative policy and behaviour, methods and measurement theory

Teaching and supervision

The research activities of the Chair of Political Institutions and European Politics cover the following thematic foci:

  • Political Institutions
  • European Integration
  • European Politics
  • Parties
  • Parliaments
  • Legislative policy and behaviour
  • Methods and Measurement Theory

A Quantitative Textual Approach of the EuC Method of Interpretation in the ECtHR
The Appeal and Consequences of Political Defection in Europe

You can find detailed information about the courses of the staff members on the personal pages.


Department of Political Science
Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zurich
Tel: 044 634 58 35 / 044 634 38 41
Office opening hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 12:00 / 13:30 - 16:30


Support information

Consultation hours:

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Slapin
Office AFL-H-351
Appointments via E-Mail