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Freitag, Markus

Markus Freitag studied political science, economics, and German language and literature at Heidelberg University. After obtaining the degree of Magister Artium in 1995, he joined the University of Bern as a doctoral candidate and scientific assistant and completed his doctoral degree (PhD) in 1999. Following various post-doc and lecturer positions– at the Center of European and International Studies of the University of Basel (Europainstitut Basel), the ETH Zurich, and the University of Essex (GB) – Freitag was a visiting lecturer at the University of Konstanz and a research assistant at the University of Bern. From 2004 to 2005 he was assistant professor at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, where he taught courses on comparative politics. From 2005 to 2011 Freitag held the Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of Konstanz. In August 2011, he was appointed to director at the Institute of Political Science, University of Bern, and professor of political sociology. In addition to the political and social effects of direct democracy, his research activities focus on aspects of social relationships and tolerance. Freitag also is active in the research field of political and social participation in Switzerland as well as in the international context. He has published extensively in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Political Science Review, European Union Politics, European Sociological Review, Governance, International Political Studies, Political Studies, Publius, and West European Politics. A central theme in his research is the focus on the concept of social capital.


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