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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Politics

Prof. Dr. Konstantin Vössing

Prof. Dr. Konstantin Vössing
konstantin.voessing (at) sowi.hu-berlin.de

Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Vergleichende Analyse politischer Systeme
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 424
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Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Short Biography

Konstantin Vössing is associate professor of Political Science in our research and teaching area. He has had previous appointments as assistant professor of Political Science in our research and teaching area from 2009 to 2016, as Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Center of the European University Institute (EUI) during the academic year 2015/16, as John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University from September 2013 to August 2014, and as lecturer of Political Science and International Studies at Ohio State University during the academic year 2008/09. Vössing received his PhD in Political Science from Ohio State University in August 2008, specializing in Comparative Politics and Political Psychology.

Vössing studies how political elites and ordinary citizens form preferences about controversial political issues, and how elites shape political views and the political behavior of citizens through mobilization, persuasion, and information provision. His research investigates both contemporary examples of political conflict, such as European integration, and historical cases, such as the formation of class politics. He approaches these and other instances of political conflict from a comparative perspective and treats them as manifestations of a long term process of political development. Vössing combines the comparative analysis of macro-historical developments and configurations with a micro-level psychological perspective that pays attention to both cognitive and motivational factors. His research engages the fields of Comparative Politics, EU studies, political development, political behavior, public opinion, and political psychology. The geographical focus of his research is on Europe and the United States. Combining quantitative and qualitative approaches, the methods he uses to carry out his research include experiments, comparative case studies, survey design and analysis, aggregate data analysis, elite interviews, text analysis, and decision analysis.


Selected Publications

Konstantin Vössing (forthcoming in May 2017) How leaders mobilize workers: social democracy, revolution, and moderate syndicalism. New York: Cambridge University Press

Konstantin Vössing and Till Weber (2017) Information behavior and political preferences. British Journal of Political Science. First view, doi.org/10.1017/S0007123416000600

Konstantin Vössing (2015) Transforming public opinion about European integration: elite influence and its limits. European Union Politics 16, prepublished March 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1465116515572167

Konstantin Vössing (2014) Predictably exceptional. The formation of American labor politics in comparative perspective. Party Politics 20 (5): 767-777

Konstantin Vössing (2011). Social democratic party formation and national variation in labor politics. Comparative Politics 43 (2): 167-186

Konstantin Vössing (2005). Nationality and the preferences of the European public toward EU policy making. European Union Politics 6 (4): 447-469