Main Research Area: Local Politics and Multi-level Administration

The research area "local politics and mult-level administration" has a long tradition in our institute. Local authorities are the most important actors in policy implementation in a federal state. Local politics and administration are even more closely entangled than at other levels of government. Policy-, polity- and politics-aspects of local policy-making can thus be understood and explained only if its embededdness in political, administrative and fiscal multi-level relations is systematically taken into account. In particular, current research at the institute focuses on local government elites; on the political and administrative implementation of local policies (e.g. housing, social and sustainability policy); as well as on local finances

Ongoing Projects

Name Topic Funding Coordinator
emergenCITY Governance of catastrophes HMWK (Loewe Program) Prof. Knodt
Graduiertenkolleg Kritische Infrastrukturen Critical Infrastructures DFG Prof. Knodt
CICI Local Politics BMBF apl. Prof. Egner
Housing policies in the EU Policy Analysis BBSR/IWU apl. Prof. Egner / Prof. Schulze
Comparing Municipal Climate Adaptation Diffusion of Policy Innovations Fritz Thyssen Stiftung Prof. Schulze
Name Topic Funding Coordinator
LINK II International Multilevel Administration DFG Prof. Benz
Lokale Formierung handlungsrelevanten Wissens im europäischen Kontext Climate and energy policy in cities DFG-Forschergruppe Prof. Knodt
Cities in Climate Change Climate and energy policy in cities DFG Prof. Knodt
Cities in Climate Change Climate and energy policy in cities DFG Prof. Benz
LINK I International Multilevel Administration DFG Prof. Benz