Markus Tepe

Political System | Professor | University Oldenburg

Welcome, and thanks for stopping by.

I am a Professor of Political Science / Political System of Germany at the Social Science Department at the University of Oldenburg. I hold a Dr. rer. pol. from the Freie Universität Berlin, and a MA in Political Science, Public Law, and Economic Policy from the University of Münster.

I spent more prolonged research stays at Yale University in the Leitner Program and the European Center at Stanford University. Together with my colleagues, I take care of the Oldenburg Laboratory for Experimental Social Research (OLExS), which consists of a stationary and mobile laboratory for behavioral experiments.

My research focuses on political decision-making in comparative public policies, behavioral public administration, political sociology, and research methods (see: ORCID, Scopus, Google Scholar, Research Gate, SSRN).

Since the beginning of my academic career, I have volunteered for the German Political Science Association (GPSA). I served as a spokesperson of the GPSA Working Group on Decision Theory (2016-2022) and currently, serve as Vice-Chair of the GPSA.


IAB Research Cooperation: New research project on "The Acceptance of Artificial Intelligence in Public Employment Services" together with the IAB (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Nürnberg).

News: Happy to be elected a Text+ Operations Coordination Committee member. I am looking forward to future cooperation. Text+ is part of the Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur (NFDI).

Presentation: Invited talk on “Public Sector Culture and Honest Behavior: Behavioral RCT’s with Civil Servants in four Countries” at the Political Science Research Colloquium at Leuphana University of Lueneburg, 18. Jan. 2023.

Conference: Now open to register! Roundtable Talk on the “Digital Transformation in Research and Teaching” at the DVPW Conference “Politics and Profession” on February 21-22, 2023 (in cooperation with the OSI and the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence at Freie Universität Berlin).

Presentation: Invited talk at the "Corona Crisis and Beyond" Forum with the Volkswagen Foundation. Title "Who should get the vaccine first? How do COVID-19 vaccine allocation regimes affect citizens’ global vs. national identities and priority preferences", Xplanatorium Schloss Herrenhausen, 5.-7. Dec. 2022.

Presentation: Invited talk on the digitization of public services at the Denkfabrik Digitale Arbeitsgesellschaft at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), Sep. 2022.

Conference: Rationality and Democracy - Joint Conference of the Working Group on Action and Decision Theory (AK Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie) and the Section on Political Theory and the History of Ideas (Sektion Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte). The DVPW conference took place at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, September 28-30, 2022. Please take a look at the excellent conference program.

OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology: I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has unanimously voted to accept me as an OFFIS member. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of our cooperation!

Out now: The 12th volume of the Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie (Yearbook for Action and Decision Theory) is now available online at Springer VS. Many thanks to all contributors for their excellent cooperation.

German Political Science Association (GPSA/DVPW): I am very pleased to serve on the Board of the German Political Science Association (GPSA) as Vice-Chair, together with Diana Panke (Chair) and Claudia Ritzi (Vice-Chair). We are looking forward to this new task. Further information on the board elections can be found here.

Recent publications / forthcoming / accepted

"The welfare state as employer" with Karin Gottschall, in D. Béland, S. Liebfried, K. J. Morgan, H. Obinger and C. Pierson: The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press pp. 473-491.

"Framing the approval to test self-driving cars on public roads. The effect of safety and competitiveness on citizens’ agreement", with Sebastian Hemesath, Technology in Society 72: 102177.

"The rich-to-poor vaccine donation game: When will self-interested countries donate their surplus vaccines during pandemics?" with Adam Lampert, Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan, and Pieter Vanhuysse, communications medicine 2, 107 (2022).

"Keep it simple! German voters’ limited competence to evaluate electoral systems’ functions" with Eric Linhart and Michael Jankowski, German Politics 31(4): 579-601.

"Talk or Type? The Effect of Digital Interfaces on Citizens’ Satisfaction with Standardized Public Services" with Christine Prokop, Public Administration 100(2): 427-443.

"Experimentelle Methoden" with Michael Jankowski, in G. Wenzelburger and R. Zohlnhöfer (Eds.) Handbuch für Policy-Forschung (2nd Edition), Wiesbaden: Springer VS (forthcoming).

"Administrative Delegation Revisited. Experimental Evidence on the Behavioral Consequences of Public Service Motivation and Risk Aversion" with Susumu Shikano, Michael Jankowski and Maximilian Lutz, International Review of Administrative Sciences (online first, open access).

"Public sector honesty and corruption: Field evidence from 40 countries" with Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan and Omer Yair, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 32(2): 310-325.

"Vaccine Alliance Building Blocks: A Conjoint Experiment on Popular Support for International COVID-19 Cooperation Formats" with Pieter Vanhuysse and Michael Jankowski, Policy Sciences 54(3): 493-506.