Dieter Nohlen

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Dieter Nohlen (born November 6, 1939 in Oberhausen ) is a German political scientist who has researched primarily on questions of comparative government theory and on economic, social and political problems in the “ Third World ”. He was able to produce numerous, internationally influential publications on elections and electoral systems. In Germany he became known to a wide audience through partly multi-volume encyclopedias and handbooks on politics. Several of his writings have been translated into several languages. Nohlen also publishes in English and Spanish, especially in Latin American countries.


Dieter Nohlen is the youngest of three sons of the businessman Otto Nohlen and his wife Wilhelmine, born. Brahm. In 1960 he obtained his Abitur at the municipal modern language grammar school in Oberhausen-Sterkrade .

Nohlen then studied political science , history and Romance studies at the Universities of Cologne , Montpellier and Heidelberg . Nohlen received his doctorate in 1967 under Dolf Sternberger and Werner Conze with the thesis "Monarchical parliamentarism and parliamentary government in 19th century Spain".

After years of research and teaching at the University of Heidelberg, he went to Chile from 1970 to 1973 as a representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation , where he taught at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). He completed his habilitation at the University of Tübingen in 1973 with the text "Chile - The Socialist Experiment". The reviewer was Klaus von Beyme . Since 1974 Nohlen was Professor of Political Science at Heidelberg University . He turned down a call to Tübingen that he received in 1989. He has been retired since 2005. Since then he has held several visiting professorships in Spain and Latin America.

Nohlen is married to Andrea Ebbecke-Nohlen and has four children.

Offices (selection)

  • Director of the Institute for Political Science at Heidelberg University (1978–1979)
  • Dean of the Philosophical and Historical Faculty of Heidelberg University (1990–1992)
  • 2001–2002 co-founder and scientific director of the “Heidelberg Center for Latin America” at Heidelberg University in Santiago de Chile

Awards and honors

  • 2012 Doctorate from the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
  • 2013 Doctorate from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Lima, Peru
  • 2014 Medalla Cívica in the degree “Defensor de la democracia” of the Jurado Nacional de Elecciones, Peru


  • Principio mayoritario, jurisdicción constitucional e integridad electoral. Tres ensayos. Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico City 2016.
  • with Florian Grotz (Hrsg.): Small Lexicon of Politics. (= Beck series. 1418). 6th, revised and expanded edition. CH Beck, Munich 2015, ISBN 978-3-406-68106-6 .
  • Ciencia política y justicia electoral . Quince ensayos y una entrevista. Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico City 2015, ISBN 978-607-02-6656-0 .
  • Gramática de los sistemas electorales. 2nd, revised and expanded edition. Tecnos, Madrid 2015, ISBN 978-84-309-6499-4 .
  • Suffrage and party system. (= UTB 1527). 7th, revised and updated edition. Barbara Budrich Verlag, Opladen / Toronto 2014, ISBN 978-3-8252-4050-9 .
  • Ciencia política comparada. El enfoque histórico-empírico. Editorial Universidad de Granada, Granada 2013, ISBN 978-84-338-5584-8 .
  • with Florian Grotz (Hrsg.): Small Lexicon of Politics. (= Beck series 1418). 5th, revised and expanded edition. Beck-Verlag, Munich 2011.
  • Como estudiar Ciencia Política? One introducción en trece lecciones. Fondo Editorial Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima 2011, ISBN 978-9972-42-978-1 .
  • with Philip Stöver (Ed.): Elections in Europe . A data handbook. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2010, ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7 .
  • with Rainer-Olaf Schultze (Ed.): Lexicon of Political Science. 2 volumes. 4th, revised and expanded edition. CH Beck, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-59234-8 .
  • Ciencia política y democracia en su contexto. Tribunal Contencioso Electoral, Quito 2010, ISBN 978-9978-92-842-4 .
  • Suffrage and party system. On the theory and empiricism of electoral systems. 6th, revised and updated edition. Barbara Budrich, Opladen / Farmington Hills 2009 (series UTB 1527)
  • with Arno Mohr (Ed.): Political Science in Heidelberg. 50 years of the Institute for Political Science. Winter Verlag, Heidelberg 2008, ISBN 978-3-8253-5452-7 .
  • Ciencia Política. Teoría institucional y relevancia del contexto. 2nd Edition. Editorial Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá 2008, ISBN 978-958-8298-77-1 .
  • with others (ed.): Tratado de derecho electoral comparado de América Latina. 2nd Edition. Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico City 2007, ISBN 978-968-16-8283-5 .
  • Instituciones políticas en su contexto. Las virtudes del método comparativo. Rubinzal-Culzoni Editores, Buenos Aires 2007, ISBN 978-950-727-800-6 .
  • with others: Diccionario de Ciencia Política. 2 volumes. Editorial Porrúa, Mexico City 2006, ISBN 970-07-6115-0 .
  • El institucionalismo contextualizado. Editorial Porrúa, Mexico City 2006, ISBN 970-07-6195-9 .
  • as editor: Elections in the Americas. A data handbook. Oxford University Press, 2 volumes, Oxford 2005, ISBN 0-19-925358-7 .
  • with Andreas Hildenbrand: Spain: Economy - Society - Politics. A study book. 2nd Edition. Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2005, ISBN 3-531-30754-1 .
  • with Hartmut Sangmeister (Ed.): Power, Market, Opinions: Democracy, Economy and Society in Latin America. Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2004, ISBN 3-531-14343-3 .
  • Sistemas electorales y partidos políticos. 3. Edition. Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico City 2004, ISBN 968-16-7092-2 .
  • El contexto hace la diferencia. Reformas institucionales y el enfoque histórico-empírico, UNAM, Mexico City 2003, ISBN 970-32-0970-X .
  • as publisher: Lexicon Third World: countries, organizations, theories, terms, people. 12. completely revised new edition. Rowohlt, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-499-16527-9 .
  • with Florian Grotz and Christof Hartmann (eds.): Elections in Asia and the Pacific. A data handbook. 2 volumes. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2001, ISBN 0-19-924958-X .

Web links


  1. Subtitle: on the development of Spanish parliamentarism with special consideration of the era of the Restoration (1875–1898) .
  2. Press release from the University of Heidelberg