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.

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).

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.

Currently, I serve as Vice-Chair of the German Political Science Association (GPSA), and one of the spokespersons of the GPSA Working Group on Decision Theory.


Job Offer: Our working group is currently looking for a Lecturer (LfbA, pay group 13 TV-L, 50%) for the next three years. Further information on the job advertisement can be found here. I will be very happy to answer your questions about the job profile and working conditions in the working group (expired).

German Political Science Association: I am very pleased to have been elected to 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.

Research: Research proposal entitled “Who should get the vaccine first? How do COVID-19 vaccine allocation regimes affect citizens' global vs. national identities and priority preferences” has been approved by the Volkswagen Foundation. The project will be implemented in cooperation with Pieter Vanhuysse from the University of Southern Denmark (Odense) and Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It will receive funding for the next 1,5 years.

Research: Research proposal on "Smart Self-Service Systems in the Municipal Administration" has been approved by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK Nds.). The project will be implemented in cooperation with OFFIS Oldenburg and the City of Oldenburg. It will receive funding for the next three years.

Recent publications / forthcoming / accepted

"How stable are ‘left’ and ‘right’? A morphological analysis using open-ended survey responses of parliamentary candidates"with Michael Jankowski and Sebastian Schneider, Party Politics (accepted).

"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 (forthcoming).

"Who wants COVID-19 Vaccination to be Compulsory? The Impact of Party Cues, Left-Right Ideology and Populism" with Christina-Marie Juen, Michael Jankowski, Robert A. Huber, Torren Frank and Leena Maaß, Politics (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 (online first, open access).

"Vaccine Alliance Building Blocks: A Conjoint Experiment on Popular Support for International COVID-19 Cooperation Formats" with Pieter Vanhuysse and Michael Jankowski, Policy Sciences (online first, open access).

"Efficiency Loss and Support for Income Redistribution. Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment" with Fabian Paetzel, Jan Lorenz and Maximilian Lutz, Rationality & Society (online first, open access).

"Deciding how to decide on public goods provision: The role of instrumental vs. intrinsic motives" with Philipp Harms, Claudia Landwehr and Maximilian Lutz, Research & Politics (online first, open access).

"Talk or Type? The Effect of Digital Interfaces on Citizens’ Satisfaction with Standardized Public Services" with Christine Prokop, Public Administration (online first, open access)