Articles in Refereed Journals


"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 (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).

"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)

"Abstiegserfahrungen in der Kommune und der Aufstieg Unabhängiger Wählergemeinschaften. Neue Befunde aus einem Mehrebenen-Kommunalwahlpanel" with Christina-Marie Juen and Michael Jankowski, Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen 52 (1): 59-77.


"The Impact of Anti-Establishment Parties on the Electoral Success of Independent Local Lists. Evidence from Germany" with Michael Jankowski and Christina-Marie Juen, Party Politics (online first, open access).

"Keep it simple! German voters’ limited competence to evaluate electoral systems’ functions" with Eric Linhart and Michael Jankowski, German Politics (online first).

"Merit, Luck and Taxes. Societal Reward Rules, Self-Interest and Ideology in a Real-Effort Voting Experiment" with Pieter Vanhuysse and Maximilian Lutz, Political Research Quarterly (online first, open access). [Replication Material]

"Representative Bureaucracy and Public Hiring Preferences. Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment among German Municipal Civil Servants and Private Sector Employees" with Michael Jankowski and Christine Prokop, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 30(4): 596–618. [Replication Material]

"Taking Social Policy Personally: How Does Neuroticism Affect Welfare State Attitudes?" with Pieter Vanhuysse, Social Policy & Administration 54(5): 699-718.

"Do future bureaucrats punish more? The Effect of PSM and studying Public Administration on Contributions and Punishment in a Public Goods Game", with Christine Prokop, International Public Management Journal 23(1): 84-112.


"NieKom. Eine neue Datenbasis für die kommunale Wahl- und Policyforschung in Niedersachsen", with Jankowski, Michael, Christina-Marie Juen and Florian Erlbruch, der moderne staat (dms) 12(2): 465-471. [Supporting Material]

"Welches Wahlsystem wollen die Wähler? Evidenz von einem Conjoint-Experiment (Which electoral system do the voters want? Evidence of a conjoint experiment)", with Michael Jankowski and Eric Linhart Politische Vierteljahresschrift 60(2): 221–243.

"To Adapt or to Defend? Comparing Position Shifts among Bundestag Candidates between 2013 and 2017", with Michael Jankowski and Sebastian Schneider West European Politics 42(4): 895-913.


"Transparency diminishes framing-effects in voting on redistribution: Some experimental evidence", with Fabian Paetzel and Jan Lorenz, European Journal of Political Economy 55: 169-184.

"Are future bureaucrats more risk averse? The effect of studying public administration and PSM on risk preferences", with Christine Prokop, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 28(2): 182-196.

"Does exposure to stereotype disconfirming politicians reduce the effect of stereotypes on voting? Evidence from seven plagiarism scandals in Germany", with Michael Herrmann, Political Psychology 39(2): 303-324.


"Are Future Bureaucrats More Prosocial?", with Pieter Vanhuysse, Publlic Administration 95(4): 957–975.

"Just don't call it tax! Framing in an experiment on voting and redistribution", with Jan Lorenz and Fabian Paetzel, Journal of Experimental Political Science 4(3): 183-194. [Replication Material]

"Information Accuracy in Legislative Oversight: Theoretical Implications and Experimental Evidence", with Michael Stoffel and Susumu Shikano, Rationality and Society 29(2): 226-254.

"An Ideological Alternative? Analyzing AfD Candidates’ Ideal Points via Blackbox Scaling", with Michael Jankowski and Sebastian Schneider, Party Politics 23(6): 704-716.


"In public servants we trust? A behavioral experiment on public service motivation and trust among students of public administration, business sciences and law", Public Management Review 18 (4), 508–538.


"Rationales Wählen in Mehrparteiensystemen mit Koalitionsregierungen. Eine laborexperimentelle Untersuchung" (Rational Voting in Multi-Party Systems with Coalition Governments. A Laboratory Experimental Study), with Eric Linhart, Politische Vierteljahresschrift 56(1): 44-76.


"A Vote at the Opera? The Political Economy of Public Theatres and Orchestras in the German States", with Pieter Vanhuysse, European Journal of Political Economy 36, 254–273.


"Parties, Unions, and Activation Strategies: The Context-Dependent Politics of Active Labor Market Policy Spending", with Pieter Vanhuysse, Political Studies 61 (3), 480-504.

"Sicher ist sicher? Ein laborexperimenteller Vergleich der Risikopräferenzen von Studierenden der öffentlichen Verwaltung mit Studierenden der Wirtschafts- und der Rechtswissenschaften" (Safe is safe? A behavioral experiment on risk attitudes and risk behavior among students of public administration, business sciences and law) with Christine Prokop, Verwaltung und Management 19 (6), 302-312 (without peer-review).

"Cops for Hire? The Political Economy of Police Employment in the German States", with Pieter Vanhuysse, Journal of Public Policy 33(2): 165-199.

"Für die Kleinen ist uns nichts zu teuer? Kindergartengebühren und ihre Determinanten in Deutschlands 95 bevölkerungsreichsten Städten zwischen 2007 und 2010" (Nothing too expensive for the kids? Kindergarten fees and their determinants in Germany’s 95 most populous cities between 2007 and 2010), with Achim Goerres, der moderne staat (dms) 6(1): 169-190.


"Doing it for the Kids? The Determinants of Attitudes towards Public Childcare in Unified Germany", with Achim Goerres, Journal of Social Policy 41(2): 349-372.

"Positionen, Fraktionen und Mandate. Eine Anwendung der quantitativen Textanalyse auf die Kurzbiographien der Abgeordneten des 17. Deutschen Bundestages" (Positions, Factions and Mandates. Applying Quantitative Text Analysis to Self-Reported Biographical Notes from the Members of the 17th German Bundestag), with Kamil Marcinkiewicz, mda - Methoden, Daten, Analysen 6(2): 99- 132.

"Outsourcing legislative responsibility? An explorative study on purchasing legal advice in the German law drafting process", with Sebastian Streb, German Policy Studies 8(1): 3-42.

"Politische Positionen in Abgeordnetenbiographien. Eine quantitative Textanalyse der Kurzbiographien aus Kürschners Volkshandbuch für den 8. und 17. Deutschen Bundestag" (Policy positions in MPs’ biographies. A quantitative text analysis of MPs’ short biographies), with Kamil Marcinkiewicz, ZPB - Zeitschrift für Politikberatung, Policy Advice and Political Consulting 5(2): 51-63.

"The Public/Private Sector Cleavage Revisited. The impact of government employment on political attitudes and behavior in eleven West European countries", Public Administration 90(1): 230–261.


"Dr. Right and Dr. Wrong: Zum Einfluss des Doktortitels auf den Wahlerfolg von Direktkandidaten bei der Bundestagswahl 2009" (Dr. Right and Dr. Wrong: The Impact of a PhD Title on the Electoral Success of Direct Candidates in the German Federal Election 2009), with Sebastian Schneider, Politische Vierteljahresschrift 52 (2): 248-285.


"A Structural Fit between States and Markets? Public Administration Regimes and Market Economy Models in the OECD", with Karin Gottschall and Bernhard Kittel, Socio-Economic Review 8 (4): 653 - 684.

"Who Cuts Back an When? The Politics of Delays in Social Expenditure Cutbacks, 1980-2005", with Pieter Vanhuysse, West European Politics 33 (6): 1214 - 1240.

"Elderly Bias, New Social Risks, and Social Spending: Investigating Change and Timing in Eight Programs Across Four Worlds of Welfare, 1980-2003", with Pieter Vanhuysse, Journal of European Social Policy 20 (3): 217-234.

"Age-based Self-Interest, Intergenerational Solidarity and the Welfare State. A comparative analysis of older people's attitudes towards public childcare in 12 OECD countries", with Achim Goerres, European Journal of Political Research 49 (6): 818 - 851.

"Lukrativer Staatsdienst? Lohndifferenzen zwischen öffentlichem Dienst und Privatwirtschaft" (Wage differential between public and private sector employees. An empirical analysis using the GSOEP), with Daniela Kroos, WSI Mitteilungen (peer reviewed article section) 1/2010.


"Are Aging OECD Welfare States on the Path to the Politics of Gerontocracy? Evidence from 18 Democracies, 1980 - 2002", with Pieter Vanhuysse, Journal of Public Policy 29(1): 1-28.

"Educational Business Cycles. The Political Economy of Teacher Hiring across German States, 1992-2004“, with Pieter Vanhuysse, Public Choice 139: 61-82.

"Vom Können und Wollen der privaten Altervorsorge. Eine empirische Analyse zur Inanspruchnahme der Riester-Rente auf Basis des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels" (On the ability and willingness to use private pension plans. An empirical analysis of Riester-Pension-Plan take up using the GSOEP), with Wolfram Lamping, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform (ZSR), 55 (4): 409-430.

"Zur Reputations- und Performanzmessung politikwissenschaftlicher Institute in Deutschland" (On measuring the reputation and performance of political science departments in Germany), with Sebastian Schneider, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 19 (4): 581-608.


“Marktwirtschaftsmodelle und öffentliche Beschäftigungsregimes in der OECD” (Market Economy Models and Public Employment Regimes in the OECD), with Karin Gottschall & Bernhard Kittel, der moderne staat (dms) 1(2): 377-397.

Contributions to Edited Volumes


"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.

"Repeated Response versus Strategy Method. Experimental Evidence from an Oversight Game", with Maximilian Lutz and Susumu Shikano, Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie 12, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, (forthcoming).


"Collective Decisions onNeed-based Distribution: A Political Science Perspective", with Frank Nullmeier, Tanja Pritzlaff and Kai Uwe Schnapp, in B. Kittel and S. Traub: Distributional Justice: An Inter-disciplinary Perspective. Heidelberg: Springer.


"...Deutschland eben." Eine Analyse zur Interpretation des Begriffs "rechts" durch Bundestagskandidaten auf Grundlage von Structural Topic Models,with Michael Jankowski and Sebastian Schneider. In M. Steinbrecher, E. Bytzek und U. Rosar: Identität, Identifikation, Ideologie. Analysen zu politischen Einstellungen und politischem Verhalten in Deutschland. Heidelberg: Springer VS pp. 141-179.


"Social Heterogeneity and Choice Failure under Condorcet and Borda", with Michael Jankowski, Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie 10, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp 143-166.

"Legislative oversight of the bureaucracy: Insights from formal modeling and experimental testing" with S. Shikano and M. Stoffel, in O. James, S. Jilke and G. Van Ryzin: Experiments in Public Management Research: Challenges and Contributions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press pp. 394-414.

"Laboratory experiments: Their potential for public management research" with C. Prokop, in O. James, S. Jilke and G. Van Ryzin: Experiments in Public Management Research: Challenges and Contributions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press pp. 139-164.


"Bundestagskandidaten und ihre Einstellung zur Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise" with Sebastian H. Schneider, in H. Giebler and A. Wagner: Wirtschaft, Krise und Wahlverhalten, Baden-Baden: NOMOS, pp. 267-300.

"The Competing State: Transformation of the Public/Private Sector Earnings Gap in Four Countries", with B. Kittel and K. Gottschall, in S. Schneider and H. Rothgang: State Transformations in OECD Countries. Dimensions, Driving Forces, and Trajectories. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 41-65..

"Shared Values for a European Administrative Identity? A cross-national analysis of government employees’ Basic Human Values" with J. Brachem, in F. Sager and P. Overeem: The European Public Servant. A shared administrative identity? ECPR Press, London: Routledge, pp. 245-272.


"Accelerating Smaller Cutbacks to Delay Larger Ones? The Politics of Timing and Alarm Bells in OECD Pension Generosity Retrenchment", with Pieter Vanhuysse, in P. Vanhuysse and A. Goerres: Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies: Comparative Studies of Politics and Policies. London: Routledge (ECPR studies in European Political Science), pp. 127-144.

"The Family and the Welfare State: The Impact of Public Provision for Families on Young People's Demand for Public Childcare Across 21 Nations", with Achim Goerres, in P. Vanhuysse and A. Goerres: Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies: Comparative Studies of Politics and Policies. London: Routledge (ECPR studies in European Political Science), pp 178-205.


"Die Pfadabhängigkeitsthese in der vergleichenden Wohlfahrtsstaatenforschung. Eine explorative Clusteranalyse”, in D. Wagner, C. Lattemann and S. Kupke, A. Legel: Governance-Theorien oder Governance als Theorie? Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin, Berlin, pp.165-181.



Sauermann, J., Tepe, M., Debus, M. (2021) Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie. Band 12: Heidelberg: Springer (forthcoming).


Debus, M., Sauermann, J., Tepe, M. (2019) Jahrbuch für Handlungs- und Entscheidungstheorie. Band 11: Heidelberg: Springer.



"The State as Employer. Transformations of Public Sector Employment Regimes", with Karin Gottschall, Karin, Bernhard Kittel, Kendra Briken, Jan-Ocko Heuer, Sylvia Hils and Sebastian Streb, Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.


"Regimes, institutions and temporality in the political economy of welfare reform" Freie Uniiverstät Berlin (e-Dissertation)

Book Reviews


"Vigoda-Gadot, Eran, & Vashdi, R. Dana. (2020) Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Management and Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar", dms - der moderne staat 2/2021.