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. “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.

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Demise of Clientelism in Affluent Capitalist Democracies.” Patrons, Clients and Policies, edited by Herbert Kitschelt and Steven Wilkinson, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 298–321.

Kitschelt, H. P., and Steven Wilkinson. “A Research Agenda for the Study of Citizen-Politician Linkages and Democratic Accountability.” Patrons, Clients, and Policies, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 322–41.

Kitschelt, H. “Political-economic context and partisan strategies in the German federal elections, 1990-2002.” Germany: Beyond the Stable State, 2004, pp. 118–43. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203489154. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P., et al. “Varieties of capitalism and political divides over European integration.” Gary Marks and Marco R.Steenbergen, Eds., European Integration and Political Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004., edited by Gary Marks and Marco Steenbergen, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 62–89.

Kitschelt, H. P. “New Challenges in the Study of Political Representation. Comment on G. Bingham Powell Jr., 'Citizens,Elected Policy-Makers, and Democratic Representation. Two Contributions from Comparative Politics'.” The Evolution of Political Knowledge, edited by Edward D. Mansfield and Richard Sisson, Ohio State University Press, 2004, pp. 231–39.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Competitive Party Democracy and Political-Economic Reform in Germany and Japan: Do Party Systems Make a Difference?.” The End of Diversity? Prospects for German and Japanese Capitalism, edited by Kozo Yamamura and Wolfgang Streeck, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003, pp. 334–63.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Accounting for Postcommunist Regime Diversity: What Counts as a Good Cause?.” Legacies of Communism, edited by Grzegorsz Ekiert and Stephen Hanson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 49–86.

Kitschelt, H. P., and Anthony J. McGann. “Die Dynamik der schweizerischen Neuen Rechten in komparativer Perspektive: Die Alpenrepubliken.” Schweizer Wahlen 1999, edited by Pascal Sciarini et al., Bern: Paul Haupt, 2003, pp. 183–216.


Kitschelt, H. “Citizens, politicians, and party cartellization: Political representation and state failure in post-industrial democracies.” European Journal of Political Research, vol. 37, no. 2, Jan. 2000, pp. 149–79. Scopus, doi:10.1111/1475-6765.00508. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. “Linkages between citizens and politicians in democratic polities.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 33, no. 6, Jan. 2000, pp. 845–79. Scopus, doi:10.1177/001041400003300607. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Formation of Party Cleavages in Post-Communist Democracies: Theoretical Propositions.” Party Politics, vol. 1, 2000, pp. 447–72.

Kitschelt, H. P. “"Demokratietheorie und Veränderungen politischer Beteiligungsformen: Zum institutionellen Design postindustrieller Gesellschaften".” Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, vol. 9, no. 2, 1996, pp. 17–39.

KITSCHELT, H., et al. “The structuring of the vote in post‐communist part systems: The Bulgarian example.” European Journal of Political Research, vol. 27, no. 2, Jan. 1995, pp. 143–60. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1475-6765.1995.tb00633.x. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P. “Austrian and Swedish Social Democrats in Crisis.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 27, no. 1, Apr. 1994, pp. 3–39.

Kitschelt, H. “Austrian and Swedish Social Democrats in Crisis: Party Strategy and Organization in Corporatist Regimes.” Comparative Political Studies, vol. 27, no. 1, Jan. 1994, pp. 3–39. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0010414094027001001. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. “Comparative historical research and rational choice theory: The case of transitions to democracy.” Theory and Society, vol. 22, no. 3, June 1993, pp. 413–27. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF00993535. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. “Class Structure and Social Democratic Party Strategy.” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 23, no. 3, Jan. 1993, pp. 299–337. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0007123400006633. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. “Social Movements, Political Parties, and Democratic Theory.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 528, no. 1, Jan. 1993, pp. 13–29. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0002716293528001002. Full Text


Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of David S. Bell and Eric Shaw, Conflict and Cohesion in Western European Social Democratic Parties.” American Political Science Review, vol. 89, Sept. 1995, pp. 773–773.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Peter K. Merkl, German Unification in the European Context.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 24, Mar. 1995, pp. 28–29.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Andrei S. Markovits and Philip Gorski, The German Left.” American Political Science Review, vol. 89, Mar. 1995, pp. 232–33.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Mats Sjölin, Coalition Politics and Parliamentary Power.” Politische Vierteljahresschriften, Pvs Literatur, 1994, pp. 750–52.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Ferdinand Müller-RommelGrüne, Parteien in Westeuropa.” Kölner Zeitschrift Für Soziologie Und Sozialpsychologie, vol. 45, 1993, pp. 792–93.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Joschim Raschke and cooperators, Die Grunen. Wie sie wurden, was sie sind.” Politische Vierteljahreschriften, Pvs Literatur, 1993, pp. 766–68.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Frances Cox Piven(ed.), Labor Parties in Postindustrial Societies.” Contemporary Sociology, 1992.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Review of Mobilizing for Peace, by Thomas Rochon; From Protest to Policy, by Pam Solo; and Against the Bomb, by Richard Taylor.” American Political Science Review, vol. 84, June 1990, pp. 701–03.