23/09/2012 Panel on “Freedom, Pluralism, Civil Society”

The working group “Politics and Religion“ will organize a panel at this year’s general conference of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) in Tübingen:   “Freedom, Pluralism, Civil Society: Do the Promises between Democracy and Religion Hold?” Prof. Corwin E. Smidt, Ph.D., Calvin College, Grand Rapids MI Key Note Lecture... View Article

21/06/2012 Talk at the Annual Conference of the EPSA

This saturday I will give a talk on “The Dynamics of Social Context on Political Preferences in Germany” at the second annual conference of the EPSA in Berlin. Here’s the abstract: The paper investigates how geographically defined social contexts impact on political preferences over time. Berelson et al. 1954 argue in... View Article

12/05/2012 New book on “Civil Society in Switzerland” out now!

In this new book my colleagues and I provide the first Swiss-wide survey of civic engagement on the local level. Next to assessing the associational structures of more than 1200 local communities, we conducted a population survey of citizens in 60 representative communities, asking them about their civic engagement and... View Article

22/12/2011 New journal article on the religious factor in family policy

In this article Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen and I test classic versus new hypotheses on the religious factor in family policy in a comparison of 27 OECD countries. Stadelmann-Steffen, I. & Traunmüller, R. (2011): Der religiöse Faktor in der Familienpolitik. Ein empirischer Test klassischer und neuerer Ansätze im Vergleich von 27 OECD-Ländern. Zeitschrift... View Article