Herbert P. Kitschelt

Herbert P. Kitschelt

George V. Allen 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

Kitschelt, H. P. The Transformation of European Social Democracy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Kitschelt, H. P., and Staff Hellemans. Beyond the European Left: Ideology and Political Action in the Belgian Ecology Parties. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1990.

Kitschelt, H. P. The Logics of Party Formation: Ecological Politics in Belgium and West Germany. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1989.

Kitschelt, H. P. Der ökologische Diskurs: Zur Wissenssoziologie der Energiekontroverse. Frankfurt, Main: Campus Verlag, 1984.

Kitschelt, H. P. Kernerenergiepolitik: Arena eines gesellschaftlichen Konflikts. Frankfurst, Main: Campus Verlag, 1980.


Kitschelt, H. P. “Parties and Party Systems.” Comparing Democracies 4: Elections and Voting in a Changing World, edited by Larry LeDuc et al., Sage Publications, 2012.

Kitschelt, H. P., and David M. Wineroither. “Die Entwicklung des Parteienwettbewerbs in Oesterreich im internationalen Vergleich.” Die Oesterreichische Demokratie Im Vergleich, edited by Ludger Helms and David M. Wineroither, Nomos Verlag, 2012.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Parties and Interest Intermediation.” The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Post-Industrial Democracies: Political Economy and Democratic Partisan Competition.” Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics, edited by Todd Landman and Neil Robinson, Sage Publisher, 2009, pp. 195–225.

Kitschelt, H. P., and Philipp Rehm. “Political Participation.” Daniele Caramani (Ed.), Comparative Politics, Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 445–72.

Kitschelt, H. “Post-Industrial democracies: Political economy and democratic partisan competition.” The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics, 2007, pp. 191–226. Scopus, doi:10.4135/9780857021083.n12. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P. “Party Systems.” Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, edited by Carles Boix and Susan Stokes, 2007.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Movement Parties.” Handbook of Party Politics, edited by Richard S. Katz and William Crotty, Sage Publishers, 2006, pp. 278–90.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Staatsversagen, Globalisierung und Regimekonflikt. Urspruenge des heutigen Internationalen Terrorismus im Nahe Osten.” Die Globale Frage. Empirische Befunde Und Ethische Herausforderungen, edited by Peter Koller, Passagen Verlag, Wien, 2006, pp. 131–200.

Kitschelt, Herbert, and Steven Wilkinson. “Citizen-Politician Linkages. An Introduction.” Patrons, Clients, or Policies?, edited by Herbert Kitschelt and Steven Wilkinson, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 1–50.


McGann, A. J., and H. Kitschelt. “The radical right in the ALPS: Evolution of support for the Swiss SVP and Austrian FPÖ.” Party Politics, vol. 11, no. 2, Mar. 2005, pp. 147–71. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1354068805049734. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P. “„Diversificación y reconfiguración de los sistemas de partidos de las democracias postindustriales.” Revista Española De Ciencia Política, vol. 4, no. 10, Apr. 2004, pp. 9–51.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Origins of International Terrorism in the Middle East.” International Politics and Society, vol. 7, no. 1, Transaction Publishers, 2004, pp. 159–88.

Kitschelt, H., and W. Streeck. “From stability to stagnation: Germany at the beginning of the twenty-first century.” West European Politics, vol. 26, no. 4, Oct. 2003, pp. 1–34. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01402380312331280668. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. “Political-economic context and partisan strategies in the German federal elections, 1990-2002.” West European Politics, vol. 26, no. 4, Oct. 2003, pp. 125–52. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01402380312331280718. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P., and Wolfgang Streeck. “Introduction: From Stability to Stagnation: Germany at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century.” West European Politics, vol. 26, no. 4, 2003, pp. 1–34.

Kitschelt, H., and R. Smyth. “Programmatic party cohesion in emerging postcommunist democracies Russia in comparative context.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 35, no. 10, Dec. 2002, pp. 1228–56. Scopus, doi:10.1177/001041402237949. Full Text

Evans, Geoffrey, and Pippa Norris. “Critical Elections. British Parties and Voters in Long-Term Perspective..” West European Politics, vol. 24, 2001, pp. 227–28.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Linkages between Citizens and Politicians in Democratic Politics.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 33, no. 6–7, Aug. 2000, pp. 845–79.

Kitschelt, H. P. “State Failure, Political Party, and Electorate, Changing Relations of Representation in West European Politics.” European Journal of Political Research, vol. 37, no. 2, Mar. 2000, pp. 149–79.


Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Duane Swank, Global Capital, Political Institutions, and Policy Change in Developed Welfare States.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 36, 2003, pp. 732–36.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman, eds., Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure.” American Political Science Review, vol. 94, 2000, pp. 220–21.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Robert M. Uriu, Troubled Industries: Confronting Economic Change in Japan.” Journal of Japanese Studies, vol. 23, 1997, pp. 500–04.

Kitschelt, H. P. “CES Research Planning Group: The Politics and Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism.” European Studies Newsletter, vol. 25, no. 5, Mar. 1996, pp. 4–6.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Zielkonflikte beim Neuaufbau des Universitwesens in Ostdeutschland: Eine Vergleichende Betrachtung.” Hochschule Ost. Politisch Akademisches Journal Aus Ostdeutschland, vol. 5, no. 2, 1996, pp. 85–93.