Programme of the 41st Annual Conference Annual Conference of the IASGP

41st Annual Conference Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP)

Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Grimmaische Str.6, Leipzig/Germany

June 25-26, 2015

Thursday 25th June

Registration and Coffee                                                                                                 09:00 – 09:30

Welcome from the IASGP Chair & TBA (ZGF)                    09:30 – 09:45

Panel 1: National and State Parliamentary Affairs in Germany                                                                                                                                    09:45 – 11:15

Chair: Dan Hough

  • Michael Koß (Munich) & Miryam Tan (Potsdam): Is Time really a Scarce Resource? The Allocation of Parliamentary Time under Different Rules of Agenda Control
  • Werner Reutter (Leipzig): Constitutional Politics and the Grand Coalition State in Germany
  • Benjamin Rayder (Bamberg): Political Competitors or Coincidental Bedfellows? A Comparative Analysis of the Policy Positions and Issue Saliency Scores in Legislative Motions from the German Left and the National Democrats in the Saxon State Parliament during the 5th Legislative Period.
  • Theres Mathies (WZB): The enactment of election pledges: A comparative analysis of a minority and a majority coalition in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Coffee                                                                                                        11:15 – 11:45

Panel 2: Germany’s federal system                                                11:45 – 13:00

Chair: TBA

  • Ed Turner and Carolyn Rowe (Aston): The regionalisation of care home laws in Germany: a lottery in care for Germany’s older people?
  • Iris Reus (Bamberg): Germany on a successful road to “new federalism”? The impact of the Federalism Reform of 2006 on the German Länder?
  • Henrik Scheller (Potsdam): Investment Policy in German Federalism – between the constraints of the debt brake and Europeanization

Lunch                                                                                                       13:00-14:15

Restaurant Alex, Naschmarkt 3,  Leipzig

Panel 3: Perspectives on German Elections                              14:15 – 15:30

Chair: TBA

  • Tom Mannewitz (Chemnitz): Beyond the East-West Divide – The Regionalisation of Voting Behaviour in 2013
  • Arndt Leininger (Hertie School of Governance): Election ForecastingAlternative or Complement to the Polls?
  • Michael Angenendt and Sebastian Bukow (Düsseldorf): Individualization in German Federal Election Campaigns 2005-2013: A General Trend or Exceptional Phenomenon?

Coffee                                                                                                       15:30 – 15:45

The German Politics Lecture                                                                                         15:45 – 17:00

Chair: Dan Hough, Sussex

Prof. Everhard Holtmann; Zentrum für Sozialforschung, Halle, Title TBA

IASGP Reception                                                                                 17:00-18:0

sponsored by Taylor and Francis

Annual Dinner Location TBA 19:00 onwards


Friday 26th June 

Panel 4: Germany and the Ukraine Crisis                                    9:00-10:30

Chair: TBA

  • Jennifer Yoder (Colby College): German-Polish Relations, 1990 to the Ukraine Crisis
  • Vladimir Handl (Prague): The German role in search for a solution of the Ukraine-Russian conflict and German relations with her Eastern neighbours
  • Liana Fix (DGAP/Giessen): The “Germanification” of European Policy towards Russia – The case of Ukraine
  • Patricia Daehnhardt (Lisbon): German foreign and security policy post-Ukraine: assessing the dynamics of change

Annual General Meeting (and coffee!)                                             10:30- 11:30

Panel 5: Germany and Europe                                                       11:30 – 12:45

Chair: TBA

  • Aron Buzogany (FU, Berlin): Beyond Permissive Consensus? Attitudes of German MPs towards European Integration
  • Simon Bulmer (Sheffield): From ‘Economic Giant’ to the Eurozone’s Hegemon? Germany and European monetary policy
  • William Paterson (Aston): From Political Dwarf to Potential Hegemon? German Foreign Policy Transformed

Lunch                                                                                                     12:45 – 14:00

Restaurant Alex, Naschmarkt 3, Leipzig

Panel 6: Executive Matters and Political Parties                    14:00 – 15:30

Chair TBA

  • Hui Ding (Guangzhou): Christian Democratic Exceptionalism: A Case Study of Intra-Party Democratization of the CDU
  • Florian Glock (Trier): The FDP in the extra-parliamentary opposition: process of renewal and possibilities of coalitions
  • Joyce Mushaben (St. Louis-Missouri): Mutti wird’s schon richten: Power, Policies and  Mistaken  “Maternal Presumptions“ regarding  Chancellor Angela  Merkel 
  • Kimmo Elo (Turku): Speaking German, talking differently? Using SNA to Uncloak Thematic Pathways in German, Swiss and Austrian New Year’s Addresses

Coffee                                                                                                        15:30 – 15:45

Panel 7: Germany’s Global Role                                                     15:45 – 16:45

Chair: TBA

  • Görkem Atsungur (American University of Central Asia): Federal Armed Forces of Germany (Bundeswehr): From National Defense to Intervention
  • Crister Garrett (Leipzig): German-American Diplomacy, TTIP, and Transitions in Global Order

Panel 8: Socio-Economic Challenges in Germany and beyond:

16:45- 18:00

Chair: TBA

  • Lothar Funk (FH Düsseldorf) Nudging has arrived in German government: controversies among ordoliberalism and behavioural economics
  • Jörg Mathias (Aston): Approaches to welfare-to work transition policies in Sweden, the UK and Germany
  • Mathias Bug (DIW Berlin) and Sebastian Bukow (Düsseldorf): Civil Liberties vs. Security in Germany and UK: Why citizens accept or reject digital surveillance


Participants depart


All participants (speakers and non-speakers) must be a member of the Association. If you are not a member then please add the appropriate fee below. Bookings received after 27th May 2015 will be subject to a £40/€55 late booking fee. All registrations are binding. Please contact Melanie Kintz  via or Martine Huberty via


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