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The 1st joint annual Political Methodology meeting of the German Political Science Association (Methods of Political Science Section) and the Swiss Political Science Association (the Empirical Methodology Working Group) takes place at the University of Basel on May 10-11, 2019.


The conference will host paper presentations by faculty members and graduate students. We aim to provide an opportunity for participants not only to share their work, but also to get connected or reconnected, as well as to exchange ideas about methodology training in the region.


   We also welcome your participation without presentations!


Joint Annual Conference of the GPSA Methods of Political Science Section and the SPSA Empirical Methodology Working Group

May 10/11, 2019

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Pre-conference Lunch

(@La Pausa, within the conference venue for those who signed up during the online registration)

Panel 1: 13.00-14.30

Eszter Rita Katona, Renáta Németh, Zoltán Kmetty

Natural Language Processing in Social Sciences


Elena Labzina, Elliott Ash

Does Politicized Media Distort Political Discourse? Evidence from Fox News Channel


Dominic Nyhuis et al.

Beyond text as data: Automated video analyses for research on legislative politics




Panel 2: 15.00-16.30

Christoph Steinert, Andrea Ruggeri

Who are our experts: Predictors of responses in expert surveys


Aya Kachi, Rebecca Lordan-Perret

The Disparity between Swiss Citizens’ Objective and Subjective Knowledge regarding Deep Geothermal Energy


T. Faas, A. Leininger, S. Roßteutscher, A. Schäfer

Becoming a Democratic Citizen. Quasi-Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Coming of Voting Age



Panel 3: 17.00-18.00

Akisato Suzuki

Policymaking and Statistical Uncertainty: A Bayesian Decision Analytic Framework


Thomas König, Xiao Lu

Player Heterogeneity and Equilibrium Multiplicity: Local Identification Using A Bayesian Strategic Quantile Model



Meeting/ Mitgliederversammlung DVPW

(All conference participants are invited to attend the meeting and vote for the new speaker)



Conference Dinner (@ Restaurant Kohlmanns)



Panel 4: 9.00-10.30

Moritz Marbach, Dominik Hangartner

Profiling Compliers and Non-compliers for Instrumental Variable Estimation


Lukas Fesenfeld

Alone or Together – How Policy Packaging Affects Public Support. Insights from Choice Experiments on Climate Policies in the United States and Germany


Dalston Ward

The Long-Term Effect of University Education on Political Participation


Panel 5: 11.00-12.30

Soenke Ehret

Strategic Complexity and Political Reflection in a Foreign Language Break

Alrik Thiem, Lusine Mkrtchyan

A Phantom Menace: Random Data, Model Specification and Causal Inference in Qualitative Comparative Analysis


David Sanchez

The Making of a Method: Social Dynamics in the Development of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)


Get in Touch

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact an organizing staff, Ms. Diep Nguyen:


Conference Venue

Faculty of Buisnesss and Economics

University of Basel

Peter Merian-Weg 6

4002 Basel

  • Room S13 (Conference)

  • La Pausa (Lunch)

  • Both on Floor HG (one floor down from the main entrance)



As part of our sustainability effort, we are avoiding printed materials as much as we can. We are preparing a web-based app you can install on your smartphone. This allows you to access the program and other conference information.


Please click the following link to download the app:

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Organizing Team

Alrik Thiem

Swiss National Science Foundation Professor

University of Lucerne, Department of Political Science

Alrik Thiem is Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland), where his primary work focuses on the development and application of empirical research and evaluation methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-approach techniques, data analytics and questions of causal inference. Specifically, his research centers around configurational comparative methods such as Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). His work has appeared in international periodicals such as the American Journal of Evaluation, Comparative Political Studies, Political Analysis, Sociological Methodology, and Sociological Methods & Research


Basel - Local Info

  • Acqua

  • Baltazar

  • Bodega zum Strauss (1st. Floor)

  • Kohlmanns

  • Markthalle

  • Oliv

  • Teufelhof (atelier)

  • Volkshaus,Zum Isaak

  • zur Mägd

Things to do
  • Crossing the Rhine by ferry from Münsterplatz

  • a drink in Bar Rouge

  • Tinguely Museum Kunstmuseum

  • Fondation Beyeler

  • City Tour

  • Architecture Tour

Local Info

Registration is closed as of April 26. 2019.

If you have questions, please email Ms. Diep Nguyen at

Call for Papers

*This round of call is closed now. The following is for your future reference.


Joint Annual Conference of the Section Methods of Political Science of the GPSA and the Empirical Methods Working Group of the SPSA


May 10/11, 2019, Basel


The joint annual conference of the Section Methods of Political Science of the GPSA and the Working Group Empirical Methods of the SPSA will take place on May 10 and 11, 2019 in Basel. Abstracts for papers with a clear qualitative or quantitative methodological focus are welcome, i.e., development of empirical research methods, design aspects or innovative applications of research methods. Papers which are more substance-oriented should nevertheless have at least a clear methodological focus that should be clarified in the abstract. Proposals for complete panels are also possible – please indicate all presentations.

We also invite for proposals (e.g., in the form of experience reports) that address didactical aspects of teaching research methods, for instance innovative course formats, media use, e-learning, new examination forms etc.

Abstracts (250 words max.) should be sent to the section and working group speakers (, by March 04, 2019. Presentations can be held in German or English (please indicate within the abstract).


Call for Papers
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