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. “Verfassungsdesign und postkommunistische Wirschaftsreform.” Kontingenz Und Krise: Institutionenpolitik in Kapitalismus Und Postsozialistischen Gesellschaften, Claus Offe Zum 30, edited by Karl Hinrichs et al., Frankfurt, Main: Campus Verlag, 2000, pp. 157–88.

Kitschelt, H., et al. “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, pp. 7–21.

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Formation of Party Cleavages in Post-Communist Democracies: Theoretical Propositions.” The Politics of the Post-Communist World, edited by Stephen White and Daniel Nelson, vol. 1, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2000.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Politische Gelegenheitsstrukturen in Theorien sozialer Bewegungen heute.” Neue Soziale Bewegungen: Impulse, Bilanzen Und Perspektiven, edited by Markus Rohde, Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1998, pp. 144–63.

Kitschelt, H. P. “European Social Democracy between Political Economy and Electoral Competition.” The Politics and Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Societies, edited by Herbert Kitschelt et al., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 317–45.

Kitschelt, H. P., et al. “Conclusion: Convergence and Divergence of Advanced Capitalist Democracies.” The Politics and Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Societies, edited by Herbert Kitschelt et al., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 427–60.

Kitschelt, H. P. “European Party Systems: Continuity and Change.” Developments in West European Politics, edited by Paul Heywood et al., London: Macmillan Press, 1996, pp. 131–50.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Die Entwicklung post-sozialistischer Parteiensysteme: Vergleichende Perspektiven.” Transformation Sozialistischer Gesellschaften: Am Ende Des Anfangs, edited by Hellmut Wollmann et al., Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1995, pp. 475–505.

Kitschelt, H. P. “A Silent Revolution in Europe? Political Preference Formation and Social Movements in Eastern and Western Europe.” Governing the New Europe, edited by Jack Hayward, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1995, pp. 125–65.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Los partidos socialistas en Europa occidental y el reto de la izquierda libertaria.” Entre La Modernidad y El Postmaterialismo: La Socialdemocracia Europea a Finales Del Siglo XX, edited by Wolfgang Markel, Madrid: Alianza Universidad, 1994.


Kitschelt, H. P. “Left-libertarian parties: Explaining innovation in competitive party systems.” World Politics, vol. 40, no. 2, Jan. 1988, pp. 194–234. Scopus, doi:10.2307/2010362. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P. “Organization and Strategy in Belgian and West German Ecology Parties: A New Dynamic of Party Politics in Western Europe?.” Comparative Politics, vol. 20, no. 2, Jan. 1988, pp. 127–54.

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Rise of Left-libertarian Parties in Western Democracies: Explaining Innovation in Competitive Party Systems.” World Politics, vol. 40, no. 2, Jan. 1988, pp. 194–234.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Four Theories of Public Policy-Making and Fast Breeder Reactor Development in France, the United States, and West Germany.” International Organization, vol. 40, no. 1, Dec. 1986, pp. 65–104.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Political Opportunity Structures and Political Protest: Anti-Nuclear Movements in Four Democracies.” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 16, no. 1, Mar. 1986, pp. 57–86.

Kitschelt, H. “Four theories of public policy making and fast breeder reactor development.” International Organization, vol. 40, no. 1, Jan. 1986, pp. 65–104. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0020818300004483. Full Text

Kitschelt, H. P. “New Social Movements in the United States and West Germany.” Political Power and Social Theory, vol. 5, 1985, pp. 273–324.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Structures and Sequences of Nuclear Policy-making: Suggestions for a Comparative Perspective.” Political Power and Social Theory, vol. 13, 1982, pp. 271–308.