Dr Wolfgang Rüdig



Personal statement

My research agenda focuses on the empirical study of political behaviour in a cross-national context.  At present, I am concentrating on three main projects. The first – the Representative Audit of Britain - involves surveys of candidates who stood in the 2015 and 2017 UK General Elections. This is a joint project with Professor Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck, University of London) and Dr. Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson (UCL), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – parliamentarycandidates.org. The project is part of an international network, the Comparative Candidates Survey (CCS) - www.comparativecandidates.org

My second main research project addresses the politics of austerity, focusing in particular on recent developments in Greece. Following earlier work on anti-austerity protest and its electoral consequences, I am currently analysing the 2015 referendum and the January and September parliamentary elections (together with Dr Georgios Karyotis and Dr Niccole Pamphilis, University of Glasgow) - www.austeritypolitics.net

A further major project looks at Green Party members in an international context, the European Green Party Membership Survey (EGPM). Following a first cross-national membership survey conducted in the early 2000s, the new project seeks to survey party members throughout the EU and beyond (see www.egpm.eu for more information).


Green parties and elections to the European Parliament, 1979-2019
Rudig Wolfgang
Greens for a Better Europe (2019) (2019)
The German Greens in the 2017 federal elections
Rüdig Wolfgang
Environmental Politics Vol 27, pp. 939-945 (2018)
The three waves of anti-austerity protest in Greece, 2010-2015
Karyotis Georgios, Rüdig Wolfgang
Political Studies Review Vol 16, pp. 158-169 (2018)
Green party members and grassroots democracy : a comparative analysis
Rüdig Wolfgang, Sajuria Javier
Party Politics (2018)
Inappropriate Behaviour : Experiences of 2017 Parliamentary Candidates - Evidence from the Representative Audit of Britain Study (ESRC – ES/M500410/1)
Collignon Delmar Sofia, Hudson Jennifer, Rüdig Wolfgang, Campbell Rosie
Representação e politicas de austeridade : uma comparação das atitudes entre massas e elites na Grécia
Karyotis Georgios, Rudig Wolfgang, Judge David
Representação e Participação Política na Europa em Crise (2016) (2016)

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Professional activities

Despite riding high in the polls, a coalition with the CDU/CSU may be the only route for the German Greens to enter government in the 2013 Elections.
British-German Environment Forum: Energy Policy for the 2050s
Party Members and Activists in Europe
Member of programme committee
MAPP workshop
IPSA/ECPR joint conference
IPSA/ECPR joint conference

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Out of touch and out of time? UK Voters and Political Elites
Rüdig, Wolfgang (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Local Election Candidates in a Devolved Scotland
Rüdig, Wolfgang (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018
The Representative Audit of Britain
Rüdig, Wolfgang (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2018
Active for peace: A cross-temporal cross-national analysis of peace movement members
Rüdig, Wolfgang (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 30-Jan-2014
The Inbetweeners: A Comparative Survey of 2011 Local and Regional Election Candidates
Rüdig, Wolfgang (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 30-Jan-2013
All Saints Now? General Election Candidates 2010
Rüdig, Wolfgang (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 28-Jan-2011

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