Herbert P. Kitschelt

Herbert P. Kitschelt

George V. Allen Distinguished Professor of International Relations

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 289 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4343
Behavior Identities, Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Political Institutions

Professor of Political Science, specializes in comparative political parties and elections in established and new democracies, comparative public policy/political economy, and 20th century social theory. In the 1980s and 1990s, he authored three books in German about comparative industrial and technology policy and related social movements, with condensed English journal articles summarizing some of the findings. His next run of research projects dealt with party system changes in established Western democracies, resulting in a set of articles and books such as The Logics of Party Formation, (Cornell University Press 1989), Beyond the European Left, (Duke University Press, 1990), The Transformation of European Social Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and The Radical Right in Western Europe, (in collaboration with Anthony J. McGann, Michigan University Press, 1995). The latter received the American Politicial Science Association's 1996 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. In the 1990s and 2000s, Kitschelt conducted several empirical research projects on the emergence of party systems in postcommunist Eastern Europe and in Latin America, with the most comprehensive accounts published as co-authored books: Post-Communist Party Systems. Competition, Representation and Inter-Party Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 1999, co-authored with Zdenka Mansfeldova, Radoslaw Markowski and Gabor Toka); Latin American Party Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2010, co-authored with Kirk Hawkins, Juan Pablo Luna, Guillermo Rosas, and Elizabeth Zechmeister).
Kitschelt received the 2000 Franklin L Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for best paper presented at the 1999 APSA Annual Meeting. In 2002, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).
Kitschelt published journal articles and contributions to edited volumes on questions of comparative political economy of advanced capitalism, most notably in Kitschelt, Peter Lange, Gary Marks and John Stephens, Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Pablo Beramendi, Silja Häusermann, Herbert Kitschelt and Hans-Peter Kriesi, The Politics of Advanced Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Since the late 2000s, Kitschelt has two ongoing projects, in part documented in a number of journal articles, but intended to result in capstone book publications. First, he initiated a global comparison of citizen-politician linkage mechanisms in democracies, with a focus on explaining the rise and decline of clientelistic politics. An early publication leading into this project is a book co-edited with Steven Wilkinson, Patron, Clients or Policies? Patterns of Democratic Accountability and Political Competition (Cambridge University Press, 2007), followed by an 88-country data collection effort on linkage mechanisms documented in and publicly downloadable from the Democratic Accountability and Linkages Project website at http://sites.duke.edu/democracylinkage .  Second, he is working on a renewed effort to map and account for the transformation of political party systems in postindustrial democracies, primarily in collaboration with Philipp Rehm (Ohio State University).


  • Ph.D., Bielefeld University (Germany) 1979

Beramendi, P., et al. The politics of advanced capitalism. 2015, pp. 1–453. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781316163245. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., et al. Latin American party systems. 2010, pp. 1–297. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511750311. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., and S. I. Wilkinson. Patrons, clients, and policies: Patterns of democratic accountability and political competition. 2007, pp. 1–377. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9780511585869. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., and W. Streeck. From stability to stagnation: Germany at the beginning of the twenty-first century. 2004, pp. 1–32. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203489154. Full Text

Kitschelt, Herbert. Post-Communist Party Systems. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Kitschelt, H. P., et al. Post-Communist Party Systems, Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Kitschelt, H., et al., editors. Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Kitschelt, H. P., and Anthony McGann. The Radical Right in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995.


Kitschelt, H. “Party systems and radical right-wing parties.” The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right, 2018, pp. 166–99. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190274559.013.9. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., and P. Rehm. “Determinants of dimension dominance.” Welfare Democracies and Party Politics: Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare Capitalism, 2018, pp. 61–88. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oso/9780198807971.003.0003. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., and A. J. McGann. “The contemporary radical right: An interpretative and explanatory framework.” The Populist Radical Right: A Reader, 2016, pp. 352–85. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315514574. Full Text

Beramendi, P., et al. “Introduction: The politics of advanced capitalism.” The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, 2015, pp. 1–66. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781316163245.002. Full Text

Beramendi, P., et al. “Conclusion: Advanced capitalism in crisis.” The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, 2015, pp. 381–404. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781316163245.016. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., and P. Rehm. “Party alignments: Change and continuity.” The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, 2015, pp. 179–201. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781316163245.008. Full Text

Kitschelt, Herbert, and Melina Altamirano. “Clientelism in Latin America. Effort and Effectiveness.” The Latin American Voter, edited by Ryan C. Carlin et al., University of Michigan Press, 2015.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Social Class and Radical Right. Conceptualizing Political Preference Formation and Partisan Choice.” Class Politics and the Radical Right, Routledge, 2013, pp. 224–51.

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Dynamics of Party Systems in Postindustrial Democracies.The Dynamics of Party Systems in Postindustrial Democracies., Södertörn University Press, 2013.

Kitschelt, H. P. Programmatic Parties and Party Systems. Final Report. (125pp). International IDEA, 2012.


Yıldırım, K., and H. Kitschelt. “Analytical perspectives on varieties of clientelism.” Democratization, vol. 27, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 20–43. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13510347.2019.1641798. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P., and P. Rehm. “Secular partisan realignment in the united states: The socioeconomic reconfiguration of white partisan support since the new deal era.” Politics and Society, vol. 47, no. 3, Sept. 2019, pp. 425–79. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0032329219861215. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. “Analyzing the dynamics of post- communist party systems: Some “final thoughts” on the EEPS special section.” East European Politics and Societies, vol. 29, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 81–91. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0888325414567327. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., and P. Rehm. “Occupations as a Site of Political Preference Formation.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 47, no. 12, Jan. 2014, pp. 1670–706. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414013516066. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., and D. M. Kselman. “Economic Development, Democratic Experience, and Political Parties' Linkage Strategies.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 46, no. 11, Nov. 2013, pp. 1453–84. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414012453450. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P., and Daniel Kselman. “Economic Development, Democratic Experience, and Political Parties’ Linkage Strategies.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 46, no. ?, Sage, 2013.

Kitschelt, H. “The comparative analysis of electoral and partisan politics: A comment on a special issue of West European politics.” West European Politics, vol. 33, no. 3, May 2010, pp. 659–72. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01402381003654692. Full Text

Bustikova, L., and H. Kitschelt. “The radical right in post-communist Europe. Comparative perspectives on legacies and party competition.” Communist and Post Communist Studies, vol. 42, no. 4, Dec. 2009, pp. 459–83. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.postcomstud.2009.10.007. Full Text

Kitschelt, H., et al. “Measuring democratic accountability: An initial report on an emerging data set.” Revista De Ciencia Politica, vol. 29, no. 3, Jan. 2009, pp. 741–73. Scopus, doi:10.4067/S0718-090X2009000300004. Full Text

Caporaso, J. A., et al. “Fortieth anniversary issue.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 41, no. 4–5, Apr. 2008, pp. 405–11. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414007313252. Full Text


Kitschelt, H. P. “A Europe in Crisis. The Crisis of the Euro and the European Union.” Duke International Relations Association Newsletter, vol. 1, Sept. 2012, pp. 4–9.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Junichi Kawata, Comparing Political Corruption and Clientelism.” Democratization, vol. 14, 2007, pp. 509–11.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Collective Group Interests and Distributive Outcomes: Competing Claims about the Evolution of the Welfare State.” Labor History, vol. 47, no. 3, Routledge, 2006, pp. 411–20.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Michel McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, After the Collapse of Communism: Comparative Lessons of Transition.” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 3, Sept. 2005, pp. 674–75.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Pippa Norris, Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior.” Political Science Quarterly, 2005.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Hubert Tworzecki, Learning to Choose. Electoral Politics in Eastern Europe,.” Slavic Review, vol. 63, 2004, pp. 141–42.


Selected Grants

Elections, Information, and Political Stability in Autocratic Regimes awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2011

Dissertation Research in Political Science: Political Parties, Economic Policy, and Democratic Consolidation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2007

Doctoral Dissertation Research in Political Science: The Breakdown of Governing Parties in Latin America awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2001

(94-0582) The Politics and Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1994