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Robert J. Rohrschneider, Ph.D.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Political Science
Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Primary office:
Blake Hall, 525
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, Rm 525
Lawrence 66045



Teaching Interests

  • Political representation
  • European Union
  • German Politics
  • The link between institutions and attitudes and behavior
  • Political culture
  • Democratization
  • Global environmental movements
  • Elections, and political parties
  • Political elites
  • Research methodology


Comparative public opinion and parties; European politics; German politics; research methodology.

Selected Publications

Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Critical Parties: How Parties Evaluate the Performance of Democracies.” Journal Articles. British Journal of Political Science 49, no. 1 (January 1, 2019): 355–79.
Dalton, Russell  J., and Robert Rohrschneider. “Politics in Germany.” Book Chapters. In Comparative Politics Today, edited by Bingham Powell, Melanie Manion, and Kaare Strom, 2018.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, eds. The 2013 Federal Election in Germany. Books. London,UK: Routledge, 2018.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Party Positions about European Integration in Germany: An Electoral Quandary?” Journal Articles. German Politics 26, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 83–103.
Poppa, Sebastian, Robert Rohrschneider, and Hermann Schmitt. “Polarizing Without Legitimizing: The Effect of Lead Candidates’ Campaigns on Perceptions of the EU Democracy.” Journal Articles. Electoral Studies, no. 44 (November 30, 2016): 469–82.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Hermann Schmitt, eds. “Special Symposium. The 2014 European Parliamentary Elections.” Journal Articles. Electoral Studies, November 30, 2016.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Responding to Growing EU-Skepticism? The Stances of Political Parties Towards European Integration in Western and Eastern Europe Following the Financial Crisis.” Journal Articles. European Union Politics 17, no. 1 (February 10, 2016): 138–61.
Dalton, Russell J, and Robert Rohrschneider, eds. “Environmental Concerns During a Time of Duress.” Journal Articles. Environmental Politics 24, no. 4 (June 1, 2015).
Rohrschneider, Robert. “Is There a Regional Cleavage in Germany’s Party System? Ideological Congruence in Germany 1980-2013.” Journal Articles. German Politics 24, no. 3 (June 1, 2015): 354–76.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Matthew Miles. “Representation through Parties? Environmental Attitudes and Party Stances in Europe in 2013.” Journal Articles. Environmental Politics 24, no. 4 (June 1, 2015): 617–40.
Whitefield, Stephen, and Robert Rohrschneider. “The Salience of European Integration to Party Competition: Western and Eastern Europe Compared.” Journal Articles. East European Politics and Society 29, no. 1 (January 2015): 12-39.
Rohrschneider, Robert, Mark Peffley, and Matthew Miles. “The Structure and Sources of Global Environmental Attitudes.” Book Chapters. In The Civic Culture Transformed: From Allegiant to Assertive Citizenship, edited by Christian Welzel and Russell J. Dalton, 193–212. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Mark Peflley. “The Multiple Basis of Democratic Support: Procedural Representation and Governmental Outputs.” Book Chapters. In Elections and Democracy: Representation and Accountability., edited by Jacques Thomassen, 181–200. Oxford: Oxcord University Press, 2014.
Rohrschneider, Robert. “Unified but Different: East and West German Voters in the 2013 Federal Election of Germany.” Book Chapters. In Voters and Elections. The 2009 Federal Election in Germany , edited by Bernhard Wessels, Harald Schoen, and Oscar W. Gabriel, 360–79. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2013.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “Institutional Context and Representational Strain in Party-Voter Agreement in Western and Eastern Europe.” Journal Articles. West European Politics 35, no. 6 (January 15, 2013): 1320–40.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Stephen Whitefield. “The Strain of Representation: How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe.” Other. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger, and Robert Rohrschneider. “Inept: Voter Perceptions of Party Incompetence in German Federal Elections .” Journal Articles. Party Politics, Accepted/In Press.
Rohrschneider, Robert, and Jacques Thomassen, eds. Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies. Books. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, Accepted/In Press.

Selected Grants

Party Representation in Turbulent Times. British Academy. $13881.00. Submitted 6/1/2017 (1/1/2018 - 6/30/2019). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded

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