Herbert P. Kitschelt

George V. Allen Professor of International Relations and Professor of Political Science

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. "Panoramas de intermediacion de intereses politicos: movimentos sociales, grupos de interes y paridos a comienzos del siglo XXI." Construccion de Europa: Democracia y Globalizacion. Ed. R Maiz. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2002. 361-86.

Kitschelt, HP. "Accounting for Post-Communist Regime Diversity: What Counts as a Good Cause?." Transformative Politics in Central Europe. Ed. R Markowski. Warsaw: IP-PAN Publishers, 2001.

Kitschelt, HP. "Partisan Competition and Welfare State Retrenchment, When Do Politicians Choose Unpopular Policies?." The New Politics of the Welfare State. Ed. P Pierson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 265-302.

Kitschelt, HP. "Parties and Interest Intermediation." Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Ed. K Nash and A Scott. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. 149-63.

Kitschelt, HP. "The German Political Economy and the 1998 Election: Challenges to German Cooperative Market Capitalism and the Welfare State." Power Shift in Germany: The 1998 Election and the End of the Kohl Era. Ed. D Conradt, GR Kleinfeld, and GK Romoser. Boston: Berg Publishers, 2001. 200-20.

Kitschelt, HP. "Politische Konfliklinien in westlichen Demokratien: Ethnisch-kulturelle und wirtschafttliche Verteilungskonflikte." Autoritare Entwicklungen im Zeitalter der Globalisierung. Ed. W Heidtmeyer. Frankfurt, Main: Campus Verlag, 2001. 418-41.

Kitschelt, HP. "Divergent Paths of Postcommunist Democracies." Political Parties and Democracy. Ed. R Gunther, L Diamond, and MF Plattner. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. 299-323.

Kitschelt, HP. "Verfassungsdesign und postkommunistische Wirschaftsreform." Kontingenz und Krise: Institutionenpolitik in Kapitalismus und postsozialistischen Gesellschaften, Claus Offe zum 30. Ed. K Hinrichs, H Kitschelt, and H Wiesenthal. Frankfurt, Main: Campus Verlag, 2000. 157-88.

Kitschelt, H, Hinrichs, K, and Wiesenthal, H. "Kontingenz und Krise-Das Design des Politischen." Kontingenz und Krise: Institutionenpolitik in Kapitalismus und post-sozialisitschen Gesellschaften. Claus Offe zum 60. Geburtstag. Frankfurt, Main: Campus Verlag, 2000. 7-21.

Kitschelt, HP. "The Formation of Party Cleavages in Post-Communist Democracies: Theoretical Propositions." The Politics of the Post-Communist World. Ed. S White and D Nelson. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2000.


Kitschelt, HP. ""The Formation of Party Systems in East Central Europe"." Politics and Society 20.1 (March 1992): 7-50. (Academic Article)

Kitschelt, HP. "Industrial Governance Structures, Innovation Strategies, and the Case of Japan." International Organization 45.4 (October 1991): 453-493.

Kitschelt, HP. "The 1990 German Federal Election and National Unification: A Watershed in German Electoral History." West European Politics 14.4 (October 1991): 121-148.

Kitschelt, HP, and Hellemans, S. "The Left-Right Semantics and the New Politics Cleavage." Comparative Political Studies 23.2 (July 1990): 210-238.

Kitschelt, HP. "La gauche libertaire et les écologistes français." Revue Française de Science Politique 40 (1990): 339-365.

Kitschelt, HP. "The Internal Politics of Parties: The Law of Curvilinear Disparity Revisited." Political Studies 37.3 (October 1989): 400-421.


Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Social Movements and Political Power, by Carl Boggs." American Political Science Review 83 (January 1989): 316-317. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of Grundzüge der Luhmannschen Systemtheorie, by Gabor Kiss." Organization Studies 9 (June 1988): 607-609. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of L’Ére des téchnocrates, by Jean-Claude Thoenig." Organization Studies 9 (June 1988): 120-121. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Review of The Global Promise of Green Politics, by Charlene Spretnak and Fritjof Capra." Theory and Society 14 (1985): 535-533. (Review)

Kitschelt, HP. "Does Politics Matter? Zu Theorie und Empirie der vergleichenden Politikanalyse." Sociologische Revue 5.4 (1983): 349-354.

Kitschelt, HP. "Review essay of What Does the Ruling Class Do When It Rules?, by Göran Therborn." Kapitalistate 7 (1979): 153-166. (Review)