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. “Technologiepolitik als Lernprozess.” Staatsaufgaben, edited by Dieter Grimm et al., Baden-Baden: Nomos, 1994, pp. 391–425.

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Green Phenomenon in Western Party Systems.” Environmental Politics in the International Arena: Movements, Parties, Organization, and Policy, edited by Sheldon Kamieniecki, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993, pp. 93–112.

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Socialist Discourse and Party Strategy in West European Democracies.” The Crisis of Socialism in Eastern and Western Europe, edited by Gary Marks and Christiane Lemke, Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1991, pp. 191–228.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Resource Mobilization Theory: A Critique.” Research on Social Movements: The State of the Art, edited by Dirk Gerdes and Dieter Rucht, Frankfurt, Main: Campus Verlag/Boulder, Colo.: Westview, 1991, pp. 235–71.

Kitschelt, H. P. “The Medium is the Message: Democracy and Oligarchy in Belgian Ecology Parties.” Green Politics I, edited by Wolfgang Rüdig, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 1990, pp. 82–114.

Kitschelt, H. P. “New Social Movements and the Decline of Party Organization.” Challenging the Political Order, edited by Russell J. Dalton and Manfred Keuechler, New York: Oxford University Press, 1990, pp. 179–208.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Zur Dynamik neuer sozialer Bewegungen in den USA: Strategien gesellschaftlichen Wandels und’American Exceptionalism.” Neue Soziale Bewegimgem Im Internationalen Vergleich, edited by Karl-Werner Brand, Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 1985, pp. 248–306.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Der Zwischenbericht der Enquete-Kommission ’Zukünftige Kernenergiepolitik’: Stagnation oder Innovation in der politischen Ökonomie des westdeutschen Energiesektors?.” JahrbuchTechnologie, edited by M. Bechmann and W. Rammert, Frankfurt, Main: Campus Verlag, 1982, pp. 166–91.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Parlamentarismus und ökologische Opposition.” Parlamentarisches Ritual Und Politische Alternativen, Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 1980, pp. 97–120.


Kitschelt, H. P. “Moralisches Argumentieren und Sozialtheorie: Prozedurale Ethik bei John Rawls und Jürgen Habermas.” Archiv Für Rechts Und Sozialphilosophie, vol. 66, 1980, pp. 391–429.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Ökonomie, Politik und Ökologie: Bemerkungen über jüngste Studien zur Energiepolitik in den USA.” Leviathan, vol. 8, 1980, pp. 391–429.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Kernenergie und politischer Konflikt: Gesellschaftliche Folgen kapitalistischer Technologieentwicklung.” Leviathan, vol. 7, no. 4, 1979, pp. 598–628.

Wiesenthal, HP Kitschelt with Helmut. “Organization and Mass Action in the Political Works of Rosa Luxemburg.” Politics and Society, vol. 9, no. 2, 1979, pp. 152–202.

Kitschelt, H. P. “Justizapparate als Konfliktlösungsinstanz? Das Beispiel Kernenergie.” Demokratie Und Recht, vol. 7, no. 1, 1979, pp. 3–22.

Kitschelt, H. P. “'Rechtsstaatlichkeit': Zur Theorie des Wandels rechtlicher Programmierungsformen im Staat der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft.” Demokratie Und Recht, vol. 5, no. 1, 1979, pp. 287–314.