Markus Tepe

Political System | SOCIUM | University of Bremen


I am a Professor of Political Science / Political System of Germany at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen. 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. 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 Analytical Political Theory (2016-2022) and currently serve as Vice-Chair of the GPSA.

Foto: Klose / Universität Bremen


Job Opening: My working group at the SOCIUM seeks to fill the position of a Postdoctoral Researcher (full-time, Salary Scale 13 TV-L, for an initial period of 3 years) in the field of Behavioral Political Science, starting as soon as possible. Application deadline is December 15th. For more details on the application process, please take a look at the official job opening here.

New Position: Exciting News! I am thrilled to announce that I have started a new professorship at the University of Bremen. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey. I eagerly anticipate new experiences and collaborations in inequality research and social policy at the SOCIUM

Workshop on Survey Experiments: Looking forward to presenting our study „Placement officers’ multidimensional preferences toward the design of algorithmic decision support systems" (together with Martin Dietz (IAB), Christopher Osiander (IAB), and Mareike Winkler (BMAS Fellow, Oldenburg University) at the Workshop on “Survey Experiments in Labor Market and Regional Research”, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), 4.-5- Oct. 2023, Nuremberg. 

FIS-FORUM 2023: Sozialpolitik für die nächste(n) Generation(en), 21. und 22. September, GLS Campus in Berlin, Invited talk on "What is the Effect of Norm Transparency on Solidarity Behavior?" (joint work with Achim Goerres, Jan Karem Höhne, and Jakob Kemper )

Conference Paper: New study on "Motivated Reasoning about Algorithmic Decision-Making" (together with Sebastian Hemesath) presented at the Dreiländertagung 2023 (Johannes Kepler University Linz)

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).

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!

Recent publications / forthcoming / accepted

"Prioritizing Exceptional Social Needs. Experimental Evidence on the Role of Discrimination and Client Deservingness in Public Employees’ and Citizens’ Discretionary Behavior" with Brian Dietrich, Michael Jankowski and Kai-Uwe Schnapp, Public Policy and Administration (online first).

"Voting Against Parties: Populist Attitudes, Party Supply, and Support for Non-Partisan Actors" with Michael Jankowski and Christina-Marie Juen, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties (online first).

"Electoral System Preferences of Citizens Compared: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom" with Eric Linhart and Michael Jankowski, European Political Science Review (online first).

"Did that AI just Charge me a Fine? Citizens’ Perceptions of AI-based Discretion in Public Administration" with Saja Aljuneidi, Wilko Heuten and Susanne Boll, Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Conference on Information Technology for Social Good (GoodIT '23) 57–67.  

"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.

"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.

"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.

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

"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).

"Experimentelle Methoden" with Michael Jankowski, in G. Wenzelburger and R. Zohlnhöfer (Eds.) Handbuch für Policy-Forschung (2nd Edition), Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 1-28.