Dr. Werner J. Patzelt

Senior Visiting Fellow at MCC, professor of “Political Systems and Comparative Analysis” at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany

Dr. Werner J. Patzelt is an experienced professor, researcher, commentator, and prolific writer.  After having received his academic education at the universities of Munich, Strasbourg and Ann Arbor / Michigan, he earned his PhD from Passau University 1984, where he then started his academic career.  Apart from Passau and Dresden, he has taught at the universities of Paris (École pratique de hautes études), Moscow (Higher School of Economics), and at summer schools of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in Ankara, Antalya, Mexico City, Naples, Stellenbosch, and St. Petersburg. From 1991 to 2019 he served as full professor of Political Systems and Comparative Analysis at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. From 2009 to 2014 he was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association.  He has served as IPSA’s summer school coordinator since 2016.

His research interests include legislatures, political parties, political culture, political communication, comparative historical political systems, evolutionary institutionalism, and social science epistemology & methodology. He is co-editor of the book series Studien zur Parlamentarismusforschung [Studies in parliamentary research] and a member of the editorial board of the Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen [Journal of parliamentary affairs].  He is an active commentator of ongoing political events in newspapers, on radio, and on tv.

In addition to some 80+ casual scientific texts, and 300+ journalistic articles and interviews, he has published roughly 100 articles in professional journals and an estimated 250 book chapters. They cover numerous topics of legislative research in a broad sense, political culture, populism, and evolutionary theory in the social sciences, often in a comparative perspective.  He has been the recipient of various awards including the 1984 Cultural Award of Eastern Bavaria for the PhD-dissertation “Foundations of Ethnomethodology” and the 1994 Science Award of the Deutsche Bundestag for the habilitation thesis “Members of Parliament and Representation.”