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Robert J. Rohrschneider, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Political Science
Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 525
University of Kansas
1541 Lilac Lane, Rm 525
Lawrence 66045


Sir Robert Worcester Distinguished Professor of International Public Opinion and Survey Research.
Comparative Public Opinion, political parties, democratic representation in western and Central-Eastern Europe




Teaching Interests

  • Political representation
  • European Union
  • German Politics
  • The link between institutions and attitudes and behavior
  • Political culture
  • Democratization
  • Global environmental movements
  • Elections, and political parties
  • Political elites
  • Research methodology


Comparative public opinion and parties; European politics; German politics; research methodology.

Selected Publications

Schmitt-Beck, R. & Rohrschneider, R. (in press). Inept: Voter perceptions of party incompetence in German Federal Elections . Party Politics.

Rohrschneider, R. & Thomassen, J. (in press). Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2019). Critical Parties: How Parties Evaluate the Performance of Democracies. British Journal of Political Science, 49(1), 355-379.

Dalton, R. J., Rohrschneider, R. Powell, B. Manion, M. & Strom, K. (in press). Politics in Germany. In , Comparative Politics Today(12th ed.).

Rohrschneider, R. & Schmitt-Beck, R. (2018). The 2013 Federal Election in Germany, London,UK: Routledge.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2017). Party Positions about European Integration in Germany: An Electoral Quandary? German Politics, 26(1), 83-103.

Poppa, S. Rohrschneider, R. & Schmitt, H. (2016). Polarizing Without Legitimizing: The Effect of Lead Candidates’ Campaigns on Perceptions of the EU Democracy. Electoral Studies,(44), 469-482.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2016). Responding to Growing EU-skepticism? The Stances of Political Parties Towards European Integration in Western and Eastern Europe Following the Financial Crisis. European Union Politics, 17(1), 138-161.

Rohrschneider, R. & Schmitt, H. (2016). Special Symposium. The 2014 European Parliamentary Elections. Electoral Studies.

Dalton, R. J., & Rohrschneider, R. (2015). Environmental Concerns During a Time of Duress. Environmental Politics, 24(4).

Rohrschneider, R. (2015). Is there a Regional Cleavage in Germany’s Party System? Ideological Congruence in Germany 1980-2013. German Politics, 24(3), 354-376.

Rohrschneider, R. & Miles, M. (2015). Representation through Parties? Environmental Attitudes and Party Stances in Europe in 2013. Environmental Politics, 24(4), 617-640.

Whitefield, S. & Rohrschneider, R. (2015). The Salience of European Integration to Party Competition: Western and Eastern Europe Compared. East European Politics and Society, 29(1), 12-39..

Rohrschneider, R. Peflley, M. & Thomassen, J. (2014). The Multiple Basis of Democratic Support: Procedural Representation and Governmental Outputs. In , Elections and Democracy: Representation and Accountability. (pp. 181-200). Oxford: Oxcord University Press.

Rohrschneider, R. Peffley, M. Miles, M. Welzel, C. & Dalton, R. J. (2014). The Structure and Sources of Global Environmental Attitudes. In , The Civic Culture Transformed: From Allegiant to Assertive Citizenship (pp. 193-212). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2013). Institutional Context and Representational Strain in Party-Voter Agreement in Western and Eastern Europe. West European Politics, 35(6), 1320-1340.

Rohrschneider, R. Wessels, B. Schoen, H. & Gabriel, O. W. (2013). Unified but different: East and West German Voters in the 2013 Federal Election of Germany. In , Voters and Elections. The 2009 Federal Election in Germany (pp. 360-379). Berlin: Springer Verlag.

Rohrschneider, R. & Whitefield, S. (2012). The Strain of Representation: How Parties Represent Diverse Voters in Western and Eastern Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Selected Grants

Rohrschneider, Robert, Whitefield, Stephen, Party Representation in Turbulent Times, British Academy, $13,881, Submitted 06/01/2017 (01/01/2018 - 06/30/2019). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.

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