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Field of Education and the Transnational Cleavage

House Series: The Stein Rokkan Edition

Tuesday 26 March 2024, 17:15 – 18:30 CET
Live streamed from Leuphana University Lüneburg



Liesbet Hooghe University of North Carolina and European University Institute



Ferdinand Müller-Rommel Leuphana University


Held as part of our House Series, this year's Stein Rokkan Lecture focuses on the relationship between the field of education and voter opinion, using evidence from across Europe and the United States. 

The lecture

Education is perhaps the most generally used independent variable for explaining public opinion and vote choice on the transnational cleavage. Yet the extent to which a person is educated, which is how we usually conceive of education in surveys, is just one way in which education may affect political beliefs and behaviour.

Our speaker Liesbet Hooghe suggests that the substantive field of education has an independent role to play over and above the level to which a person is educated. In the lecture, she uses cross-national evidence and panel data for a range of European countries alongside the United States to build her claim.

Free and open to all

Our renowned Stein Rokkan Lecture is typically held annually as part of the Joint Sessions of Workshops. For the third year running, we were thrilled to be opening the lecture to the broader ECPR community, as part of our House Series.

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Liesbet Hooghe

Liesbet Hooghe

Liesbet Hooghe is the W.R Kenan Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Research Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence. She has extensive international experience, having held fellowships and visiting professorships at prestigious institutions worldwide.

Hooghe is PI of a five-year advanced European Research Grant on Transnational - local triggers, social networks, and group identities (2021-2026). Her research and teaching are chiefly in comparative politics, multilevel governance, international organisation, political behaviour, and measurement.

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Ferdinand Müller-Rommel

Ferdinand Müller-Rommel

Ferdinand Müller-Rommel is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Politics and former Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He was member of the IPSA and the ECPR Executive Committee as well as President of the German Political Science Association.

Ferdinand has published numerous books and peer-review journal articles on political executives, party government, and party systems in Western democracies. Among his recent publications are: Oxford Handbook of Political Executives, (Oxford University Press, 2020, co-editor); How Political Careers affect Prime-Ministerial Performance, (Comparative Political Studies, 2021, co-author); Prime Ministers in Europe, (Macmillan/Palgrave 2022, co-author).

How to participate

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