Kathrin B. Busch

Dr. Kathrin B. Busch

Knowledge Transfer

Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
50667 Köln

+49 (0221) 47694 - 226
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- research assistant in the project SOLIKRIS, funded by the BMBF; www.gesis.org/forschung/drittmittelprojekte/projektuebersicht-drittmittel/solikris

- holds a Ph.D from the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics, University of Cologne. Titel of my dissertation: "No Shortcut to Voting. The Limited Influence of Parties' Left-right Positions on Voting Behavior" (2018).

- scientific coordinator at Gesis Training, Knowledge Transfer. Until 2017, I worked as a data processing specialist in the team of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), Gesis Data Archive.

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Scientific coordinator of the Methods' Seminar

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My main interests are in comparative political research. In my doctoral thesis I analysed voters’ knowledge of parties’ left-right positions and its consequences for voting behavior.

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Journal article

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2016. "Estimating parties’ left-right positions: Determinants of voters’ perceptions’ proximity to party ideology." Electoral Studies 41 159-178. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2016.01.003.

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Busch, Kathrin B.. 2018. No Shortcut To Voting: The Limited Influence of Parties' Left-Right Positions on Voting Behavior. Dissertation. Köln: Universität. https://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/9039/.

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Working and discussion paper

Busch, Kathrin B., Roula Nezi, and Paula Schäfer. 2019. Kulturelle und sozioökonomische Ängste gegenüber Zugewanderten in Deutschland: Ein Vergleich der Entwicklung in Ost- und Westdeutschland und zwischen den Generationen (1996-2016). Policy Brief 2. Köln: GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. https://www.gesis.org/fileadmin/upload/Solikris/Policy_Briefs/Policy_Brief_II.pdf.

Bechert, Insa, Evelyn Brislinger, Kathrin B. Busch, Boris Heizmann, Dafina Kurti, Meinhard Moschner, Markus Quandt, Evi Scholz, and Ivet Solanes Ros. 2017. Forschungsdatenzentrum Internationale Umfrageprogramme. Jahresbericht 2015. Berichtszeitraum 01.01.2015 – 31.12.2015. GESIS Papers 2017/05.


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Busch, Kathrin B., and Julia Klinger. 2019. "Introduction to Data Analysis using Stata: GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology, Short Course." GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Köln. 2 SWS.


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Conference contribution

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2019. "Solidarity or anxiety?: Effects of rising immigration and threat perceptions on radical right party’ appeal in Europe." Governance of Big Transformations. Tagung der DVPW-Sektion Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, TU München, 22.03.2019.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2017. "Parties' Position Shifts and Voter Reactions. Perception makes the Difference." 2017 Annual Conference of the Serbian Political Science Association, 24.09.2017. http://www.upns.rs/sites/default/files/2017-09/The%202017%20SPSA%20Conference%20Programme_0.pdf.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2017. "Voters' Reactions to Parties' Position Shifts. Switching Parties means Acknowledgement." ECPR General Conference 2017, 09.09.2017. https://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=96.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2017. "“Voters’ Reactions to Parties’ Position-Movements. Switching parties means Acknowledgement”." Elections, Parties, and Public Opinion in a Volatile World: A Comparative Perspective

, 10.11.2017. https://www.gesis.org/angebot/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungsarchiv/konferenzen/cses-conference/.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2016. "Partisanship, Political Knowledge and Voting: Does Political Sophistication Increase Participation?." GraPa 2016; Seventh Düsseldorf Graduate Conference on Party Research. http://www.pruf.de/fileadmin/redaktion/Oeffentliche_Medien/PRuF/Tagungen/Doktorandenkonferenz/GraPa_2016_Flyer_16-02-05.pdf.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2013. "Estimating parties on the left-right scale. : how strongly do voters’ perceptions reflect party programmatic stances?." 9th Annual Conference in Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy. In Memory of the late Yitzhak Rabin, 11.12.2013. http://gradcon.huji.ac.il/2013/9th%20Annual%20Graduate%20Conference%20Program.pdf.

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Busch, Kathrin B.. 2019. "Neigung zu (radikal-) rechten Parteien in Europa.: Welche Rolle haben kulturelle und sozioökonomische Ängste?." Zukunft gestalten – Europa entwickeln. Europatag der Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Köln, 22.05.2019.

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Contribution not at conference

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2019. "Hostility towards immigrants and Appeal to Radical Right Parties in Europe: Economic and Cultural Anxieties as Causal factors in times of rising immigration." Comparing values in (post-)crisis Europe. First International Workshop of EVS 2017

, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, 10.10.2019.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2018. "The density of political extreme groups in Germany; an Expert Survey." GESIS Political Science Research Roundtable Spring 2018, 25.05.2018.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2015. "To know them is (not) to love them: Knowledge, recognition and party affection and its effects on the probability to vote." First Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections and Voting Behaviour. https://soc.kuleuven.be/web/files/5/16/winterschool-detailed-programme.pdf.

Expertise and review

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2020. "Peer Review für Journal of Electoral Studies." Anzahl: 1.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2018. "Peer Review für Party Politics." Anzahl: 1.

Busch, Kathrin B.. 2017. "Peer Review für Political Studies." Anzahl: 1.


Busch, Kathrin B.. 2013. "Party positioning in central Eastern European countries - towards a positional consolidation?."