Measurement Problem or Incomplete Political Integration? Analysing Patterns of Missing Values on Key Electoral Variables among Russian Germans and Germans of Turkish Descent in the Immigrant German Election Study

02. Juli 2019, 13 Uhr

Mannheim, B2,8 (rechts)

Prof. Dr. Achim Goerres


In this presentation, I will describe and make sense of the patterns of missing values in the Immigrant German Election Study (IMGES) conducted in 2017. I will concentrate on key variables of electoral research, such as the evaluation of parties, candidates and political positions, and put the findings in comparison with those of natives, using data from the 2017 German Longitudinal Election Study. Overall, the prevalence of missing values among Russian Germans is much higher than among Germans of Turkish descent or German natives, a gap that is smallest for large parties in government and biggest for small parties in the opposition. Overall, the evidence suggests that the cognitive maps of German political space among Russian Germans is much less developed than for Germans of Turkish descent or natives, a pattern that can be the result of authoritarian legacy and/or the yet unclear perpetuation of political disinterest in that group since the 1990s.

About the Speaker

Achim Goerres is Professor of Empirical Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He specialises in political demography, particularly comparative political behaviour, comparative social policy research, population ageing and immigration in advanced industrial democracies. Having studied at the universities of Osnabrück, Leiden and the London School of Economics (LSE), he holds a PhD from the LSE and a Habilitation from the University of Cologne.

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