Philip Manow


Philip Manow is Professor of Comparative Political Economy at the University of Bremen. He is interested in a wide range of topics across the Humanities and the Social Sciences. His main research areas include the role of the welfare state in the political economy of advanced industrialised countries, political symbolism, modern parliamentarism, electoral systems, and the theory of democracy. In his research he deals with extensive data sets and complex statistical methods. His most recent books are "(Ent-)Demokratisierung der Demokratie" (2020) and "Social Protection, Capitalist Production: The Bismarckian Welfare State in the German Political Economy, 1880-2015" (2020). Philip Manow was elected to the Social Science class of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and invited to the college of the Cluster of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Integration" at University of Konstanz (2017/2018). From 2014 to 2015, he was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. At THE NEW INSTITUTE, he will take part in “The Future of Democracy” programme.

Selected Publications

  • "(Ent-)Demokratisierung der Demokratie", Suhrkamp, 2020
  • "Social Protection, Capitalist Production: The Bismarckian Welfare State in the German Political Economy, 1880-2015", Oxford University Press, 2020
  • "Die Politische Ökonomie des Populismus", Suhrkamp, 2018
  • "Mixed Rules, Mixed Strategies: Parties and Candidates in Germany's Electoral System", ECPR Press, 2015
  • "In the King's Shadow: The Political Anatomy of Democratic Representation", Polity Press, 2010


What gives you hope?

Human Creativity and Inventiveness.

How does change happen?

Democracy, this most fascinating attempt to solve the problem of power, establishes a regularly recurring chance for change. The suggestion is: You want stability? Then try change. Isn't that smart?

If you could have a conversation with one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

Every day I have a chance to speak to persons who Interest me - by reading their books. At the moment I have a conversation with the young Carl Schmitt, around 1922. Very stimulating!


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