Academic profile, methods, theories, research approaches and more…
I am a political scientist and inter alia an Associate Professor (PD) at the Leibniz University of Hanover, Institute of Political Science. After studying political science, psychology and law along with consolidation studies in sociology and philosophy to a Master of Arts with a score of 1.2, I graduated with magna cum laude (score of 1.0) to a Dr. phil. in the disciplines of political and administrative sciences. After that, I researched, taught and finalized my postdoctoral degree to a Dr. habil. in the discipline of political science at the University of Hanover. Formerly I researched and taught at the Open University of Hagen, the College of Public Administration and Finances Ludwigsburg and the two Excellence Universities of Tuebingen and Constance. My students evaluated me consistently outstanding.
My current research activities at the interface of political and administrative science to a public sector management focus mainly on various and extensive aspects to the question of modernizing states and public organizations or – more generally – on sustainability of states (cp. Research focal points). In this connection modernization policy I understand as a separate and an overarching policy field. In this context, I am focused – to name just a few concise examples – on the areas of public policy, political theories, governance issues, multi-level and polycentric governance, digititalization, e-government, e-democracy/e-voting, political learning, building on policy analysis and comparative studies. Other priorities or research fields respectively research summaries can be found on my website. My research results are published high-ranked as monographs, book chapters, and especially in high-ranked international journals with an external, double-blind peer-review process. Several high-ranked publications are available by download for free, additional papers are available on request.
I am always following a multidisciplinary approach, which is often characterized by the political sociology and the political psychology as well as other disciplines (e.g. management or law). My scientific methodological and theoretical point of origin is marked off empirical and positioned to the rationalism as well as the positivism and neo-positivism. Here I am working in particular with qualitative paradigms, and often with theory buildings of the neo-institutionalism. Furthermore my research findings are guided by the three fundamental theoretical dimensions. On the one hand they are guided by a micro-political and by a meso-political entry. The vast majority, however, I am looking for a macro-political access. In the exploration of related questions I refer to various policies, as you can see under the heading Research & Publications.
I count myself to „cross-frontier scientists“, with insights into the political-administrative system, because I previously worked and work – parallel connected to my scientific activities – for various ministries and – for instance – as an administrative councelor, as a councilman and a supervisor, also as a referee for double-blind peer-reviewed journals and – if time remains – as a scientific policy advisor. Again and again I am invited to panel discussions, symposia, conferences and lectures or as an expert. I give critical and provocative insight, and I try to reduce over-complexity, to make theoretical knowledge reproductive for practice, this about comments, statements, reports or expertise.