Prof. Dr. Karsten Mause

Assistant Professor of Political Economy
University of Muenster
Department of Political Science (IfPol)
Scharnhorststr. 100 | Room 208
D-48151 Muenster, Germany
Tel: +49 251 83 24855


Office hours: by appointment. Please schedule an appointment here



    Karsten Mause is Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the University of Muenster, Germany. Before joining WWU Muenster, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen's research center "Transformations of the State" (SFB 597), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He holds a Master's degree in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Marburg. His research focuses on various subfields of Political Economy as a multidisciplinary research field and has been published in the American Journal of Economics & Sociology, Constitutional Political Economy, European Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Socio-Economics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and other social science journals and books.

    Curriculum Vitae: CV

    Twitter: @KarstenMause

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    • Political Economy: The Relationship between Politics and the Economy
    • Public Policy Analysis (esp. Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy, Education Policy)
    • The Behavior of Politicians, Interest Groups, and Citizens
    • Governance Research: Tools of Government / Forms of Governance



    Selected Publications:


    Full list of Publications:

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    Work in Progress:

    • "What do citizens think about fiscal austerity? A cross‐country analysis". Paper to be presented at ISA 2019 Toronto, EPSA 2019 Belfast.
    • "Delegation and democratic control: Can independent public agencies become too independent?" (with Klaus Heine, Erasmus University Rotterdam). Paper to be presented at PCPE 2019 Prague, ECPR 2019 Wroclaw, ICGRG 2019 Hong Kong.
    • "Governing public-private partnerships: The problem of low-cost decisions". Paper to be presented at ECSPC 2019 Rome.
    • "The revolving-door phenomenon: A survey" (with Andreas Polk, Berlin School of Economics and Law, HWR).
    • "Has Politik als Beruf become more stressful? The (changing) workload of German MPs 1949-2017". Paper to be presented at IASGP 2019 London.
    • "Self-Serving Legislators? An Analysis of the Salary-Setting Institutions of # Parliaments". Paper to be presented at "Politicians' Financial Gains" Workshop 2019 at Cardiff University's School of Law & Politics.



    Summer term 2019

    "Politics as a Vocation" today | Master's course

    Political Economy II | "Integrative Module" of Bachelor's degree program "Politics and Economics"

    Colloquium for Graduating Students


    Winter term 2018/2019

    Political Economy of the "Political Business" | Master's course

    Political Economy I | "Integrative Module" of Bachelor's degree program "Politics and Economics"

    Colloquium for Graduating Students