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, HP. The Transformation of European Social Democracy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

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

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

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

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


Kitschelt, HP. "Parties and Interest Intermediation." The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Kitschelt, HP. "Post-Industrial Democracies: Political Economy and Democratic Partisan Competition." Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics. Ed. T Landman and N Robinson. Sage Publisher, April 2009. 195-225.

Kitschelt, HP, and Rehm, P. "Political Participation." Daniele Caramani (ed.), Comparative Politics. Oxford University Press, 2008. 445-472.

Kitschelt, H. "Post-Industrial democracies: Political economy and democratic partisan competition." The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics. January 1, 2007. 191-226. Full Text

Kitschelt, HP. "Party Systems." Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. Ed. C Boix and S Stokes. 2007.

Kitschelt, HP, and Rehm, P. "New Social Risks and Political Preferences." The Politics of Post-Industrial Welfare States. Adapting postwar social policies to new social risks. Ed. K Armingeon and G Bonoli. Routledge, 2006. 52-82.

Kitschelt, HP. "Leistungs- und Innovationsprobleme konservativer Sozialstaaten mit koordinierten Marktwirtschaften." Transformation des Kapitalismus. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/Main, 2006. 91-110.

Kitschelt, HP. "Movement Parties." Handbook of Party Politics. Ed. RS Katz and W Crotty. Sage Publishers, 2006. 278-90.

Kitschelt, HP. "Staatsversagen, Globalisierung und Regimekonflikt. Urspruenge des heutigen Internationalen Terrorismus im Nahe Osten." Die Globale Frage. Empirische Befunde und ethische Herausforderungen. Ed. P Koller. Passagen Verlag, Wien, 2006. 131-200.

Kitschelt, H, and Wilkinson, S. "Citizen-Politician Linkages. An Introduction." Patrons, Clients, or Policies?. Ed. H Kitschelt and S Wilkinson. Cambridge University Press, 2006. 1-50.


Kitschelt, HP. "„Diversificación y reconfiguración de los sistemas de partidos de las democracias postindustriales." Revista Española de Ciencia Política 4.10 (April 2004): 9-51. (Academic Article)

Kitschelt, HP. "Origins of International Terrorism in the Middle East." International Politics and Society 7.1 (2004): 159-188. (Academic Article)

Kitschelt, H, and Streeck, W. "From stability of stagnation: Germany at the beginning of the twenty-first century." West European Politics 26.4 (October 2003): 1-34. Full Text

Kitschelt, HP, and Streeck, W. "Introduction: From Stability to Stagnation: Germany at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century." West European Politics 26.4 (2003): 1-34.

Kitschelt, HP, and Smyth, RA. "Programmatic Party Cohesion in Emerging Post-Communist Democracies; Russia in Comparative Context." Comparative Political Studies 35 (December 2002): 1228-1256.

Evans, G, and Norris, P. "Critical Elections. British Parties and Voters in Long-Term Perspective." West European Politics 24 (2001): 227-8. (Review)

Kitschelt, H. "Linkages between Citizens and Politicians in Democratic Polities." Comparative Political Studies 33.6-7 (September 2000): 845-879. Full Text

Kitschelt, HP. "Linkages between Citizens and Politicians in Democratic Politics." Comparative Political Studies 33.6-7 (August 2000): 845-879.

KITSCHELT, HERBERT. "Citizens, politicians, and party cartellization: Political representation and state failure in post-industrial democracies." European Journal of Political Research 37.2 (March 2000): 149-179. Full Text


Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Duane Swank, Global Capital, Political Institutions, and Policy Change in Developed Welfare States." Comparative Political Studies 36 (2003): 732-36. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Robert M. Uriu, Troubled Industries: Confronting Economic Change in Japan." Journal of Japanese Studies 23 (1997): 500-4. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "CES Research Planning Group: The Politics and Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism." European Studies Newsletter 25.5 (March 1996): 4-6.

Kitschelt, HP. "Zielkonflikte beim Neuaufbau des Universitwesens in Ostdeutschland: Eine Vergleichende Betrachtung." Hochschule Ost. Politisch Akademisches Journal aus Ostdeutschland 5.2 (1996): 85-93.