Marc Debus

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Marc Debus (born October 29, 1978 ) is a German political scientist and university professor .


From 1999 to 2003 Debus studied political science, sociology , methods of empirical social research , modern history and economic and social history at the Universities of Marburg and Mannheim . At the University of Konstanz , he was in 2006 with the thesis The Impact of Pre-Electoral Alliances on Patterns of Party Competition and Coalition Politics for Dr. rer. soc. PhD . He then stayed at the University of Konstanz until 2008 and then moved to Mannheim. From 2009 to 2011 he took over at these universities also in professors .

In spring 2012 Debus accepted an offer at the University of Oldenburg . There he filled a professorship for the political system of Germany and the EU. In the same year he followed a call back to the University of Mannheim. There he holds the professorship for Comparative Government Studies and has also been Director of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) since spring 2017 .

Research priorities

Debu's research focuses on political institutions, especially in multilevel systems, and their effects on legislative activity, party competition and governing in coalitions. Another research interest lies in the analysis of party programs.


  • with Hanna Bäck : Political Parties, Parliaments and Legislative Speechmaking. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke 2016. ISBN 978-1-137-48454-3
  • with Thomas Bräuninger : Party competition in the German federal states , VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2012. ISBN 978-3-531-18101-1
  • (Ed.) Estimating the Policy Preferences of Political Actors in Germany and Europe: Methodological Advances and Empirical Applications Routledge, London 2009.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c CV in English at (as of March 2016)
  2. a b Presentation on the chair page at (as of May 2016)