Robert J. Rohrschneider

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


Expertise and Current Research Activity

Robert Rohrschneider is interested in comparative public opinion, political parties, and democratic representation in western and Central-Eastern Europe. His monographs include "Learning Democracy. Democratic and Economic Values in Unified Germany" (Oxford University Press 1999), which won the ECPR’s 1998 Stein Rokkan prize; and, with Stephen Whitefield, "The Strain of Representation. How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe" (Oxford University Press, 2012).

His articles have been published by such journals as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Comparative Political Studies. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, German Marshall Fund, and the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). He is currently working on a project that assesses the impact of the economic crisis on the quality of democratic representation in Europe, 2008-2013. 


Ph.D., Political Science, Florida State University

“Zwischenprüfung”, political science and history, University of Freiburg

“Abitur”, Hermann-Billung high school

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 methodol


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

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

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (in press). Critical Parties: How Parties Evaluate the Performance of Democracies. British Journal of Political Science.

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

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

Dalton, R. J & Rohrschneider, R. (Eds.). (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.

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

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

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

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. & 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 . Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Guest Professorship
University of Vienna
2016 - 2017

Fulbright Visiting Professorship, University of Oxford

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