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Robert J. Rohrschneider, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Political Science
Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 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

Schmitt-Beck, R. & Rohrschneider, R. (in press). Inept: Voter perceptions of party incompetence in German Federal Elections . Party Politics.

Rohrschneider, R. & Thomassen, J. (in press). Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2019). Critical Parties: How Parties Evaluate the Performance of Democracies. British Journal of Political Science, 49(1), 355-379.

Dalton, R. J., Rohrschneider, R. Powell, B. Manion, M. & Strom, K. (in press). Politics in Germany. In , Comparative Politics Today(12th ed.).

Rohrschneider, R. & Schmitt-Beck, R. (2018). The 2013 Federal Election in Germany, London,UK: Routledge.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2017). Party Positions about European Integration in Germany: An Electoral Quandary? German Politics, 26(1), 83-103.

Poppa, S. Rohrschneider, R. & Schmitt, H. (2016). Polarizing Without Legitimizing: The Effect of Lead Candidates’ Campaigns on Perceptions of the EU Democracy. Electoral Studies,(44), 469-482.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2016). Responding to Growing EU-skepticism? The Stances of Political Parties Towards European Integration in Western and Eastern Europe Following the Financial Crisis. European Union Politics, 17(1), 138-161.

Rohrschneider, R. & Schmitt, H. (2016). Special Symposium. The 2014 European Parliamentary Elections. Electoral Studies.

Dalton, R. J., & Rohrschneider, R. (2015). Environmental Concerns During a Time of Duress. Environmental Politics, 24(4).

Rohrschneider, R. (2015). Is there a Regional Cleavage in Germany’s Party System? Ideological Congruence in Germany 1980-2013. German Politics, 24(3), 354-376.

Rohrschneider, R. & Miles, M. (2015). Representation through Parties? Environmental Attitudes and Party Stances in Europe in 2013. Environmental Politics, 24(4), 617-640.

Whitefield, S. & Rohrschneider, R. (2015). The Salience of European Integration to Party Competition: Western and Eastern Europe Compared. East European Politics and Society, 29(1), 12-39..

Rohrschneider, R. Peflley, M. & Thomassen, J. (2014). The Multiple Basis of Democratic Support: Procedural Representation and Governmental Outputs. In , Elections and Democracy: Representation and Accountability. (pp. 181-200). Oxford: Oxcord University Press.

Rohrschneider, R. Peffley, M. Miles, M. Welzel, C. & Dalton, R. J. (2014). The Structure and Sources of Global Environmental Attitudes. In , The Civic Culture Transformed: From Allegiant to Assertive Citizenship (pp. 193-212). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2013). Institutional Context and Representational Strain in Party-Voter Agreement in Western and Eastern Europe. West European Politics, 35(6), 1320-1340.

Rohrschneider, R. Wessels, B. Schoen, H. & Gabriel, O. W. (2013). Unified but different: East and West German Voters in the 2013 Federal Election of Germany. In , Voters and Elections. The 2009 Federal Election in Germany (pp. 360-379). Berlin: Springer Verlag.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2012). The Strain of Representation: How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Selected Grants

Rohrschneider, Robert, Whitefield, Stephen, Party Representation in Turbulent Times, British Academy, $13,881, Submitted 06/01/2017 (01/01/2018 - 06/30/2019). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.

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