Marco R. Steenbergen, PhD
Social Scientist Because It Matters
Hailing from the Netherlands and educated there and in the United States, I currently hold the Chair of Political Methodology at the University of Zurich in beautiful Switzerland. I am a passionate social scientist, believing that the current global challenges can only be solved with an adequate understanding of political and social behavior.
A list of ongoing research projects with links to publications and working papers.
What are party positions structured? How do parties polarize? What is the nature of populism across political parties? How do we measure party positions? These are the questions that drive my research on the crucial political mediators that are political parties.
How do we best analyze data of various types? How do we model complex social interactions? What is the connection between measurement and data science? These are the central questions of my methodological research.
How do voters navigate their way through a crowded field of candidates and political parties? How do these decision processes affect electoral democracy? These have been and continue to be central questions in my research.
Is it possible to build a large-scale collaborative and deliberative platform to increase citizen participation in politics? This SNF-funded Sinergia-project involving computer science, law, and political science will provide the answer.
Lecture notes and code snippets