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I.a. I am a university lecturer (Privatdozent) in political science and I work at the Leibniz University of Hanover, Political Science Department.
After studying political science, psychology and law along with consolidation studies in sociology and philosophy to a Master of Arts (MA) 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 Ludwigsburg University of Public Administration and Finance and the two Excellence Universities of Tuebingen and Constance. My students evaluated me consistently outstanding with top marks.
My research activities in political and administrative science 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 context modernization policy I understand as a separate and an overarching policy field. I am focused – to name just a few concise examples – on the areas of public policy, political theories, multi-level and polycentric governance, digitalization, e-democracy/e-voting and political learning, often building on comparative studies. Other priorities or research fields respectively research summaries can be found on my website. The 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 predominantly characterized by the political sociology and the political psychology. 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.
The following features set me apart from other scientists. I count myself to „cross-border scientists“, with insights into the political-administrative system, because I have worked – parallel connected to my scientific activities – consultative for various ministries. Furthermore I still work – for instance – as a supervisor, an administrative councilor and a councilman, also as a referee for double-blind peer-reviewed journals, a scientific policy advisor, scientific lecturer and speaker. In this regard I will be invited to lectures, keynotes, speeches and presentations, to panel discussions, symposia, hearings, conferences or as an expert and advisor again and again. I give critical and provocative insight, and I try to reduce over-complexity, to make theoretical knowledge reproductive for practice, about reports, surveys, comments or statements.
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