Research at the Chair of Political Sociology

The key focus of political sociology is above all on the attitudes/positions and behavior of individual and collective actors such as parties. Within this, the causes and consequences of political attitudes/positions and conduct/activities are a central concern, as are the connections between the individual and structural levels. Why does a person vote? What attitudes lead to discriminatory behavior with respect to migrants? Why do parties adopt positions opposing European integration? To what extent can parties shape national identities? These and similar questions are considered in a comparative perspective. In this context, Western countries are compared above all, but regional or local differences are also researched.
In addition to general issues from political sociology, a focus is also placed on the topics of migration, citizenship, xenophobia/Islamophobia, cosmopolitanism and right-wing pop-ulism. In its research and teaching, the chair connects political science research into attitudes and behavior with questions and perspectives from political communication, political econ-omy, and political psychology. There are also close connections with the subject of compara-tive political science, which addresses the topics of political parties and political representation of citizens from immigrant and minority backgrounds among other things.