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, 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. "The Demise of Clientelism in Affluent Capitalist Democracies." Patrons, Clients and Policies. Ed. H Kitschelt and S Wilkinson. Cambridge University Press, 2006. 298-321.

Kitschelt, H. "Political-economic context and partisan strategies in the German federal elections, 1990-2002." Germany: Beyond the Stable State. February 5, 2004. 118-143. Full Text

Kitschelt, HP, Brinegar, A, Jolly, S, and Kitschelt, H. "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. Ed. G Marks and M Steenbergen. Cambridge University Press, 2004. 62-89.

Kitschelt, HP. "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. Ed. K Yamamura and W Streeck. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. 334-63.

Kitschelt, HP. "Accounting for Postcommunist Regime Diversity: What Counts as a Good Cause?." Legacies of Communism. Ed. G Ekiert and S Hanson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 49-86.

Kitschelt, HP, and McGann, AJ. "Die Dynamik der schweizerischen Neuen Rechten in komparativer Perspektive: Die Alpenrepubliken." Schweizer Wahlen 1999. Ed. P Sciarini, S Harmeier, and A Better. Bern: Paul Haupt, 2003. 183-216.

Kitschelt, HP. "Landscapes of Political Interest Intermediation: Social Movements, Interest Groups, and Parties in the Early Twenty-First Century." Social Movements and Democracy. Ed. P Ibarra. Houdsmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2003. 81-104.

Kitschelt, HP. "Constraints and Opportunities in the Strategic Conduct of Postcommunist Successor Parties: Regime Legacies as Causal Argument?." Communist Successor Parties in Central and Eastern Europe: Reform of Transmutation?. Ed. A Bozoki and JT Ishiyama. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003. 14-40.


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. "Class Structure and Social Democratic Party Strategy." British Journal of Political Science 23.3 (1999): 299-337.

Kitschelt, HP. ""Demokratietheorie und Veränderungen politischer Beteiligungsformen: Zum institutionellen Design postindustrieller Gesellschaften"." Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen 9.2 (1996): 17-39. (Academic Article)

Kitschelt, HP, Dimitrov, D, and Kanev, A. "The Structuring of the Vote in Post-Communist Party Systems: The Bulgarian Example." European Journal of Political Research 27.2 (1995): 143-160.

KITSCHELT, HERBERT. "Austrian and Swedish Social Democrats in Crisis." Comparative Political Studies 27.1 (April 1994): 3-39. Full Text

Kitschelt, HP. "Austrian and Swedish Social Democrats in Crisis." Comparative Political Studies 27.1 (April 1994): 3-39.

Kitschelt, HP. "Social Movements: Political Parties, and Democratic Theory." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 528 (July 1993): 13-29.

Raschke, J, and cooperators, . "Die Grünen: Wie Sie wurden, was sie sind." Politische Vierteljahresschriften, PVS-Literatur (1993): 766-8. (Academic Article)


Kitschelt, HP. "Review of David S. Bell and Eric Shaw, Conflict and Cohesion in Western European Social Democratic Parties." American Political Science Review 89 (September 1995): 773-773. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Peter K. Merkl, German Unification in the European Context." Contemporary Sociology 24 (March 1995): 28-29. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Andrei S. Markovits and Philip Gorski, The German Left." American Political Science Review 89 (March 1995): 232-3. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Mats Sjölin, Coalition Politics and Parliamentary Power." Politische Vierteljahresschriften, PVS-Literatur (1994): 750-52. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Ferdinand Müller-RommelGrüne, Parteien in Westeuropa." Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 45 (1993): 792-93. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Joschim Raschke and cooperators, Die Grunen. Wie sie wurden, was sie sind." Politische Vierteljahreschriften, PVS-Literatur (1993): 766-8. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Frances Cox Piven(ed.), Labor Parties in Postindustrial Societies." Contemporary Sociology (1992). (Review)