Political Science

What is political science?

Political science deals with institutions, democracy, social structures, international relations, political philosophy and political content. Questions are answered, such as

  • How democratic is a country? (democracy research)
  • How does the party system of a specific country work and how can it be compared with other countries? (comparative political science)
  • Does a political system achieve its goals? (performance research)
  • How does the Swiss system work? (Swiss politics)
  • Why was a vote adopted? (Swiss politics)
  • Are there any just wars? (political philosophy)
  • How do countries work together on climate protection and what kind of contracts do they have? (international relations)
  • What impact do changes in a community have on neighboring communities? (policy analysis)
  • How does the US and Swiss health care systems work? (policy analysis)
  • How can elections be explained with supply and demand? (political economy)
  • How can poverty be combated? (political economy of developing countries)
  • How can a survey be designed that captures the population as accurately as possible? (methods)
  • How can a large amount of data be processed in a way that suits the public? (political data journalism)

What are my specialties?

I deal with Swiss politics, political data journalism, quantitative methods and the statistical program R.

In Swiss politics, I am interested in topics such as elections and voting, participation and (the influence of) education. Data journalism is a very young discipline with great potential, especially in Germany. Everything that is current or new is interesting. In quantitative methods I deal with regression analyses and their interpretation, experiments and statistical learning.


Herbstsemester 2018: R Programming Skills. Link to the lecture

Frühlingssemester 2018: Web Development for Data Journalists. Syllabus Link to the lecture

Herbstsemester 2017: Advanced Statistical Models in Political Analysis using R (MA). Syllabus Link to the lecture

Herbstsemester 2016: Models in R and their interpretation (MA). Syllabus Link to the lecture

Term papers & thesis

Schlegel, Benjamin (2015): Stimmbeteiligung der jungen Wähler (Seminararbeit MA)

Schlegel, Benjamin (2014): Der Einfluss von Bildung und Beruf auf die Einstellung zur Globalisierung (Bachelorabreit Schweizer Politik)

Schlegel, Benjamin (2013): The dual education system of German and Switzerland (Essay in Vertiefung Schweizer Politik)

In thee media

Interview Bundeshausradio über die Stimmbeteiligung von Jungen (16. February 2016)