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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.

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New article published in the British Journal of Political Science

March 20, 2022

New article published in the European Journal of Political Research

March 20, 2022

New article in Electoral Studies

March 20, 2022

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A list of ongoing research projects with links to publications and working papers.

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Political Parties

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.

Data Science

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.

Voting Behavior

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.

Democratic Innovation

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.

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Teaching Materials

Lecture notes and code snippets

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Notes on mathematical concepts useful for data science


Notes on quantitative methods and data science

Data Science

Notes on and code snippets in Python, R, and Stata


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Department of Political Science (IPZ)
University of Zurich
Affolternstrasse 56
Zurich 8050

+41 44 634 58 53

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