Dennis C. Spies

Dennis C. Spies
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf | HHU · Department of Social Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
Dennis C. Spies is professor for Political Economy at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. He does research in Welfare States, Elections, Voting Behavior and Comparative Politics.

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Whereas individual level studies find that encompassing welfare states might in general be incompatible with large-scale immigration, studies on welfare spending find inconclusive results. We address this puzzle by pointing to the moderating role of social program design. We separate programs according to their degree of natives’ interest based on...
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Whereas individual-level studies find that encompassing welfare states might in general be incompatible with large-scale immigration, studies on welfare spending find inconclusive results. We address this puzzle by pointing to the moderating role of social program design. We separate programs according to their degree of natives’ interest based on...
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This brief in German summarises the descriptive findings from the Immigrant German Election Study II (IMGES II). The study is a panel election survey between March and November 2021 in Duisburg, Germany. It traces the campaign experiences of four random samples of German citizens: of Turkish descent, Russian German, of any other immigrant backgroun...
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This paper experimentally analyses the effects of in-person canvassing and postal reminders on the mobilization of non-respondents for a telephone panel survey in Germany. We compare the response rates among randomly selected individuals who were visited by canvassers and those reminded by an invitation letter. We further conduct multivariate analy...
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This note presents preliminary evidence from a postal and face-to-face recruitment field for a telephone survey during the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawn from the city register of Duisburg, a metropolis of 500,000 inhabitants, voters eligible for the September 2021 Bundestag elections are the target population. They are stratified into four groups by ono...
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While the explanation of voter turnout is undoubtedly one of the major topics of electoral research, we know relatively little about how to explain the turnout of voters with an immigration background. Two perspectives can be distinguished. The first is that immigrant turnout can be explained by standard theories, i.e. those theories which are also...
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Analyzing the relationships between political parties and voters is one of the central topics of political science. Parties are expected either to be responsive to the demands of their voters or are presumed to have the power to influence voting decisions by structuring the political discourse and thereby competition regarding political issues. The...
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Der Beitrag thematisiert die Wechselbeziehungen zwischen Einwanderung und den Wohlfahrtsstaaten der Zielländer. Dabei wird die relevante Literatur in ökonomische, sozialpsychologische, soziologische und politikwissenschaftliche Studien unterteilt. Obwohl die genannten Disziplinen in einem engen theoretischen Austausch stehen, befassen sie sich mit...
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This paper provides an analysis of the political preferences of ethnic Germans who emigrated from the Soviet Union or its successor states. These resettlers (Aussiedler) and their descendants represent the biggest group of immigrant voters in Germany and reveal a rare combination of citizenship, ethnic identity and party support that makes it parti...
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Using data from a recent nationwide survey, we provide the first analysis of the supporter base of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) since the party's split and ideological re‐orientation in mid‐2015. Hypotheses are derived from the literature on Populist Radical Right Parties (PRRPs) in Western Europe. Our findings indicate that AfD support—despit...
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In this article, we consider the gender gap in political participation by analyzing recent survey data about German adolescents. Differentiating between institutional, non-institutional, and expressive participation, we show that, even in Germany where there is strong gender equality, type-specific gender differences persist. Testing for resource,...
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Is large-scale immigration to Europe incompatible with the continent's generous and encompassing welfare states? Are Europeans willing to share welfare benefits with ethnically different and often less well-off immigrants? Or do they regard the newcomers as undeserving and their claim for welfare rights as unjustified? These questions are at the he...
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Report of the first results of the Immigrant German Election Study, German version. Die Immigrant German Election Study ist die erste Wahlstudie, die aufgrund hochwertiger Daten präzise Aussagen zum Wahlverhalten von Deutschen mit Migrationshintergrund bei der Bundestagswahl 2017 macht. Sie wurde durch Forscher der Universitäten Duisburg-Essen und...
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First results of the Immigrant German Election Study, English version. The Immigrant German Election Study 2017 is the first electoral study that allows precise estimates about the behaviour of Immigrant Voters at a German federal election. It is funded by the German Research Foundation. The Principal Investigators are Achim Goerres (University of...
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General attitudes of citizens toward the European Union (EU) have frequently been analyzed. However, European integration represents a multifaceted process and citizen attitudes may well depend on the precise nature of policy proposals. In this contribution, we analyze the determinants of specific support for three prominent EU economic policy prop...
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This paper has since been published in Ethnic and Migration Studies Immigrants Voters against their will? The oreprint on the first author's webpage. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1503527 This paper presents the first evidence from the Immigrant German Election Study (2017), based on a focus group analysis of ethnic...
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Because they are now members of most Western European parliaments, Populist Radical Right Parties (PRRPs) have the potential to influence the formulation of socioeconomic policies. However, scholarly attention so far has nearly exclusively focused on the impact of PRRPs on what is considered their 'core issue', i.e. migration policy. In this paper,...
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Using a recent nation-wide survey, we provide the first analysis of the supporter base of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) since the party’s split and ideological reorientation in mid-2015. Deriving our hypotheses from the literature on Populist Radical Right Parties (PRRPs) in Western Europe, our empirical findings strongly indicate that the elec...
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In recent years, several international-comparative studies have analyzed the relationship between migration and native populations’ decreasing support for redistributive policies. However, these studies use cross-sectional designs and aggregate the number of foreign-born residents at the national level. Both aspects are theoretically and methodolog...
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An extensive body of scholarship has claimed that the relationship between migration and the welfare state is a potentially troublesome one, because the native population might be concerned about the fiscal, economic and cultural threats this poses. At the same time, studies have argued that ‘migrants differ’, not only in their actual numbers but a...
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While public debate about derivative transactions has intensified in the last years, the role of political authorities has received only limited attention: On the one hand, political actors take the role of law-makers for this growing market; on the other hand, they actively engage in it as market-participants. This study addresses the determinants...
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While public debate about derivative transactions has intensified in the last years, the role of political authorities has received only limited attention: On the one hand, political actors take the role of law-makers for this growing market; on the other hand, they actively engage in it as market-participants. This study addresses the determinants...
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Addressing the literature on the historical origins of capitalism, this study analyses the role agriculture played in the formation of non-market economic coordination in economic and social affairs around 1900. It argues that the dominant rural production profile dictated whether farmers did exert a significant impact on socio-economic institution...
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In this article, we analyse the impact of intra-party procedures of candidate selection for national elections on the representativeness of parties towards their voters. With regard to candidate selection we distinguish between two dimensions: inclusion and centralization. While the first identifies the type of selectorate for candidate nominations...
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Although the over-representation of working-class members among the electorates of Extreme Right Parties (ERPs) in Western Europe is well documented, previous studies have usually explained this pattern as a result of this voter group's changing political preferences. In contrast to these studies, this article argues that it is not the changing pol...
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In this article, we address the question of whether the policy statements of political parties with regard to migration affect the link between individual anti-immigrant sentiment and support for redistributive policies. While the effect of political parties "playing the race card" is well documented and repeatedly discussed in the American context...
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Previous studies on the electoral fortunes of extreme right parties (ERPs) have pointed to the importance of variables of party competition for the success – or failure – of ERPs. These studies vary greatly when it comes to describing the political opportunity structure of the extreme right. Apart from their methodological differences, existing stu...

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IMGES II focuses on effects of election campaigns among Germans with and without migration background. For the first time, we are able to analyse how immigrant-origin voters react to the election campaigns with their electoral & campaign behaviour and how they respond to group-specific actions by parties, candidates, and political organisations as well as to media content.
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Using a recent representative survey, we provide the first analysis of the supporter base of the AFD since the parties’ split and ideological reorientation in mid-2015.