Benjamin G. Engst

Benjamin G. Engst, MA

Address: Leibniz University of Hanover
                    Institute for Political Science
                     Schneiderberg 50
                     30167 Hannover
E-Mail: b.engst [at]
Phone:      +49 (0) 511 – 762 - 3227
Office Hours: by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

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I am a research associate in Comparative Politics at the Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany) as well as a Ph.D. Candidate at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mannheim. In addition, I’m involved in the research project “The Federal Constitutional Court as a Veto Player.”

My thesis is located in the area of Judicial Politics and developed under the advice of Prof. Thomas Gschwend, Ph.D. (University of Mannheim, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Christoph Hönnige (Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany) as well as under the guidance of Prof. Tom S. Clark, Ph.D. and Prof. Jeffrey K. Staton, Ph.D. (both Emory University, USA). In my dissertation I take a broad view on “The Two Faces of Judicial Power: The Dynamics of Judicial-Legislative Bargaining” in countries with constitutional review. Doing research on my dissertation I have been to Emory University (GA, USA) supported through a Ph.D. Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (Germany). Furthermore, I spent my first year of graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University (MD, USA).

I am particularly interested in research on Comparative Political Institutions, Comparative Political Behavior and Causal Inference applying Quantitative Methods in the social sciences. My major focus is on Judicial Politics in cross-European comparison.

Journal Article (* peer review)

Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend / Nils Schaks / Sebastian Sternberg / Caroline E. Wittig. 2017. “Zum Einfluss der Parteinähe auf das Abstimmungsverhalten der Bundesverfassungsrichter. Eine quantitative Untersuchung.” [The Influence of Party Identification on Judicial Votes at the German Federal Constitutional Court. A Quantitative Assessment.] JuristenZeitung 72 (17): 816-826.
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*Sternberg, Sebastian / Thomas Gschwend / Caroline E. Wittig / Benjamin G. Engst. 2015. “Zum Einfluss der öffentlichen Meinung auf Entscheidungen des Bundesverfassungsgerichts. Eine Analyse von abstrakten Normenkontrollen sowie Bund-Länder-Streitigkeiten 1974 – 2010.” [On the Influence of Public Opinion on decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court. An Analysis of Abstract Judicial Reviews and Federal State Disputes 1974 – 2010] Politische Vierteljahresschrift 56 (4): 570-598.
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Chapters in Edited Volumes

Engst, Benjamin G. 2017. Die vierte Gesetzeslesung. Verfassungsgerichte des deutsch-österreichischen Modells als Vetospieler. [The ’Fourth Reading’. Constitutional Courts as Veto Players.] In: Roland Lhotta, Oliver Lembcke, Verena Frick (eds). Politik und Recht: Umrisse eines politikwissenschaftlichen Forschungsfeldes. Baden-Baden: Nomos: 281-301.

Engst, Benjamin G. / Christoph Hönnige. Modern Times? Das Internet vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht. [Modern Times? The Internet before the German Federal Constitutional Court.] Accepted for publication in: Andreas Busch, Yana Breindl, Tobias Jakobi (eds). Arbeitsbuch Netzpolitik. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Public Scholarship

Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend / Christoph Hönnige. 2016. “Zum Dilemma des Verfassungsgerichtszugangs kleiner Oppositionsparteien. Was sagen eigentlich die Zahlen?” (VerfBlog).

Current Projects

Submitted for Review

Engst, Benjamin G. “Legal Signals and Policy Shifts. Estimating the Effect of Autolimitation.”
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Clark, Tom S. / Benjamin G. Engst / Jeffrey K. Staton. “Estimating the Effect of Leisure on Judicial Performance.”
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Engst, Benjamin G. / Sebastian Sternberg / Thomas Gschwend “How Judicial Integrity Generates Public Support for Judicial Nominees.”
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Bass, Leeann / Benjamin G. Engst. “Signaling in the Spotlight: Judicial Manipulation of Accountability.”
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Lichtmannegger, Christina / Benjamin G. Engst. “Domestic Responses to European Developments: Europeanization and the Extent of Intra-Ministerial Change.”
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Engst, Benjamin G., Philipp Meyer. “Constitutions without Protection? Judicial Strength in a State of Emergency.
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