Franz Urban Pappi

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Franz Urban Pappi (born March 10, 1939 in Pfarrkirchen , Bavaria ) is a German political scientist and sociologist and emeritus professor of political science at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim .

His research interests include theories of voter behavior, particularly the study of strategic voting, and coalition theories. He also deals with rational decision theory, also in its application in international negotiation systems. Pappi is currently leading various research projects at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), which deal with his above-mentioned research focuses.

academic career

Franz Urban Pappi began his academic career in 1964 as administrator of the official business of a scientific assistant at the Sociological Institute of the University of Munich . After receiving his doctorate there in 1967 as Dr. phil. until 1974 he worked as a research assistant at the central archive for empirical social research at the University of Cologne .

1974 to 1978 he advanced to the position of scientific director at the Center for Surveys, Methods and Analyzes (ZUMA) in Mannheim.

In 1977 he qualified as a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne ( venia legendi for sociology).

From 1977 to 1978 he worked as a private lecturer at the University of Cologne until he became professor of sociology at the economics and social science faculty of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel from 1978 to 1990 . From 1981 to 1983 he was their dean . In 1986 he accepted a one-year visiting professorship in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago . From 1987 to 1990 he was Vice President of the University of Kiel .

In 1989, Pappi received both a professorship for sociology at the University of Cologne and a professorship for political science at the University of Mannheim. He decided on the professorship in Mannheim and was there from 1990 Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Science. Until his retirement in August 2007, he headed the Chair of Political Science I, which Rudolf Wildenmann had taken over.

From 1993 to 1996 he was also managing director of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES). From 1996 to 1998 he was Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Mannheim. Later he worked several times at the MZES as a work area manager.


Franz Urban Pappi established himself on a national and international level as a professor of sociology in the field of empirical social and societal research. His interdisciplinary work in the field of political sociology also resulted in a high reputation for political science, especially in the field of empirical election research, quantitative policy network analysis and empirical policy research.

He developed a variety of internationally recognized methodological, theoretical and content-related contributions to relevant social science issues. It is even more important that he views these contributions from the theoretical point of view of different social science disciplines. He used a variety of methodological analyzes, also beyond the existing boundaries of the individual social science disciplines. Among other things, he successfully used the method of quantitative network analysis not only for the structural analysis of social systems, but also for political systems and decision-making processes.

He also made some key contributions to the development of quantitative policy network analysis, which is now one of the tried and tested standard methods of empirical policy research in political science. In addition to his interdisciplinary orientation, his connection between theory and empiricism is characteristic of his scientific work, as is the empirical application of theory and the verification of theory against reality.

Pappi sees theory as an instrument to learn something about social reality .


  • Member of the Leopoldina (2002)
  • Honorary doctorate from the University of Konstanz (2010)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Member entry of Franz Urban Pappi at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on July 15, 2016.