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Prof Dr Achim Goerres

Achim.Goerres “at” uni-due.de


University of Duisburg-Essen

Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Science

Lotharstr. 65

47057 Duisburg


Phone +49 (0) 203 379 – 3615 (direct), -1385 (secret.)



Curriculum Vitae

Work on the Social Science Research Network

Work in Progress



PhD Supervision

A Political Sociological CV

Central Results and Press Coverage


Publications Achim Goerres



Please see Work in Progress


You can access some of my papers in full-text here or via the Social Science Research Network (marked by **)

SSRN Achim Goerres


All data is made available for replication purposes on request.


A brief analysis of the impact of my work can be found here.


An analysis of my citations in Google Scholar can be seen here.




Vanhuysse, Pieter/ Goerres, Achim eds. (2014 [2012]): Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies: Comparative Studies of Politics and Policies, Paperback edition, London: Routledge.


Vanhuysse, Pieter/Goerres, Achim eds. (2012): Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies: Comparative Studies of Politics and Policies, (ECPR Studies in European Political Science), hardback, London: Routledge. Table of content and sample material


incl. Introduction and a chapter with Markus Tepe “The Family and the Welfare State: the Impact of Public Provisions for Families on Young People’s Demand for Public Childcare”


The order of appearance of equal editors was decided by the toss of a coin.


Advance praise by Martin Kohli (EUI Florence), Wolfgang Lutz (Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Vienna University of Economics and Business), Julia Lynch (University of Pennsylvania), and Kent Weaver (Georgetown University and Brookings Institute).


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Goerres, Achim (2009): The Political Participation of Older People in Europe: The Greying of Our Democracies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Sample material


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Refereed journal articles

**Lambach, Daniel/Kärger, Caroline/Goerres, Achim (forthcoming): Inverting the Large Lecture Class: Active Learning in an Introductory International Relations Course, European Political Science. PDF


**Goerres, Achim/Walter, Stefanie (2016): The Political Consequences of National Crisis Management: Micro-Level evidence from German Voters during the 2008/9 Global Economic Crisis, German Politics, 25/1: 131–153. PDF


Goerres, Achim/Kärger, Caroline/Lambach, Daniel (2015): Aktives Lernen in der Massenveranstaltung: Flipped-Classroom-Lehre als Alternative zur klassischen Vorlesung in der Politikwissenschaft, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 25/1: 135-52 (by invitation). PDF


**Goerres, Achim/Höpner, Martin (2014): Polarizers or Landscape Groomers? An Empirical Analysis of Party Donations by the 100 Largest German Companies in 1984-2005, Socio-Economic Review, 12/3: 517-44. PDF


Goerres, Achim/Prinzen, Katrin (2014): Die Sicht der Bürger auf Sozialstaat

und Generationenverhältnisse in einer alternden Gesellschaft. Eine Analyse von Gruppendiskussionen (Citizens’ Views on the Welfare State and Intergenerational Relationships in an Ageing Society: an Analysis of Focus Groups), Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 60/1: 83-107. PDF


**Goerres, Achim/Tepe, Markus (2013): Für die Kleinen ist uns nichts zu teuer? Kindergartengebühren und ihre Determinanten in Deutschlands 95 bevölkerungsreichsten Städten zwischen 2007 und 2010 (Nothing too expensive for the kids? Kindergarten fees and their determinants in Germany’s 95 most populous cities between 2007 and 2010), dms – der moderne staat, 2013/01 (Teilschwerpunkt „Der Gebührenstaat“ hrsg. von Christoph Knill). PDF


**Goerres, Achim/Prinzen, Katrin (2012): Can we Improve the Measurement of Attitudes towards the Welfare State? A Constructive Critique of Survey Instruments with Evidence from Focus Groups, Social Indicators Research, 105: 515-34. PDF


** Goerres, Achim/Tepe, Markus (2012): Doing it for the Kids? The Determinants of Attitudes towards Public Childcare in Unified Germany, Journal of Social Policy, 41/2: 349-72. PDF


** Goerres, Achim/Prinzen, Katrin (2012): Using Mixed Methods for the Analysis of Individuals: a Review of Necessary and Sufficient Conditions and an Application to Welfare State Attitudes, Quality & Quantity, 46/2: 415-50. PDF

**Allam, Miriam S./Goerres, Achim (2011): Economics, Politics or Identities? Explaining Individual Support for the Euro in New EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe, Europe-Asia Studies, 63/8: 1399-1424. PDF


Already published as Max Planck Discussion Paper.


**Breunig, Christian/Goerres, Achim (2011): Searching for Electoral Irregularities in an Established Democracy: Applying Benford’s Law Tests to Bundestag Elections in Unified Germany, Electoral Studies, 30: 534-45. PDF

Goerres, Achim (2010): Die soziale Norm der Wahlbeteiligung. Eine international vergleichende Analyse für Europa  (The Social Norm of Voting: a Comparative European Analysis), Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 51/2: 275-296. PDF

**Goerres, Achim/Tepe, Markus (2010): Age-based Self-Interest, Intergenerational Solidarity and the Welfare State: A Comparative Analysis of Older People’s Attitudes Towards Public Childcare in 12 OECD countries, European Journal of Political Research, 49/6: 818-51. PDF

Goerres, Achim (2009): Die Einstellungen zu umverteilender Politik von einer starken Generation: die Babyboomer in Großbritannien und Westdeutschland im Vergleich (Attitudes Towards Redistributive Policies by a Powerful Generation: Comparing the Baby-boomers in Britain and West Germany), Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 19/2: 205-35. PDF

**Goerres, Achim/Tiemann, Guido (2009): Kinder an die Macht? Die politischen Konsequenzen der stellvertretenden Elternwahlrechts, (How Would Germany Have Voted if Parents Had Had Extra Votes for Their Children?), Politische Vierteljahreschrift, 50/1: 50-74. PDF

** Busemeyer, Marius R./Goerres, Achim/Weschle, Simon (2009): Attitudes towards Redistributive Spending in an Era of Demographic Ageing: The Rival Pressures from Age and Income in 14 OECD Countries, Journal of European Social Policy, 19/3: 195-212. PDF

also published as Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Discussion Papers, 08/3, PDF

**Allam, Miriam S./Goerres, Achim (2008): Adopting the Euro in Post-Communist Countries: an Analysis of the Attitudes Towards the Single Currency, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Discussion Papers, 08/1. PDF

** Goerres, Achim (2008): Reforming the Welfare State in Times of Grey Electoral Majorities. The Myth of the “Grey Vote” in Germany, Max Planck Institute Working Paper Series, 07/5, also appeared in German Policy Studies, German Policy Studies 4(2), 2008. PDF

** Goerres, Achim (2008): The Grey Vote: Determinants of Older Voters' Party Choice in Britain and West Germany, Electoral Studies, 27 (2):285-304. PDF

Goerres, Achim (2007): Why are Older People more Likely to Vote? The Impact of Ageing on Electoral Turnout across Europe, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 9/1: 90-121. PDF

Refereed Contributions to Edited Volumes

**Goerres, Achim (2010): Being Less Active and Outnumbered? The Political Participation and Relative Pressure Potential of Young People in Europe, in: Tremmel, Jörg (ed.): A Young Generation Under Pressure?, New York: Springer: 207-224. PDF


Goerres, Achim (2016): GRÜNE NRW-Räte: Soziales Zerrbild der Gesellschaft?, Forum Kommunalpolitik, 3, 26-27. PDF


Goerres, Achim (2015):  “Weighted Least Squares - Regression“, “Gewichtete Regression“, “Latente Klassenanalyse“. In: Methoden-Lexikon der Sozialwissenschaften, ed. by R. Diaz-Bone und C. Weischer, Wiesbaden: VS.


Goerres, Achim (2014): Welfare State Attitudes, in: Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, ed. by A. Michalos, New York: Springer: 7037-7041. PDF


Goerres, Achim/Tiemann, Guido (2014): Älter werden sie von allein. Die Verteidigung eines Wahlrechts mit Altersgrenze (growing old by themselves: a defense of the age requirement for democratic franchise), in: Wahlrecht für Kinder? Politische Bildung und die Mobilisierung der Jugend, ed. by. K. Hurrelmann and T. Schultze: 188-200. PDF


Busemeyer, Marius/Goerres, Achim (2014): Varieties of Capitalism, Education and Inequalities in Political Participation. In: How Welfare States Shape the Democratic Public: Policy Feedback, Participation, Voting and Attitudes, ed. by Staffan Kumlin and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen, Edgar Elgar: 63-92. PDF


Goerres, Achim (2013): Welfare State Reforms as the Archetype of Difficult Government Actions (Gordische Knoten im Akkord: Reformen wohlfahrtsstaatlicher Politik als Paradebeispiel schwierigen Regierens). In: Handbuch Regierungsforschung, ed. by K.-R. Korte/Timo Grunden, Springer VS: Wiesbaden: 187-196. PDF.


**Goerres, Achim (2012): From Self-help to Political Party: the Greys in Germany (Von der Selbsthilfeorganisation zur Partei: Wie aus den erfolgreichen Senioren Schutzbund Graue Panther die erfolglose Partei DIE GRAUEN wurden). In: Frontiers of Civil Society (Grenzen der Zivilgesellschaft), ed. by K. Schubert/C. Fraune, Münster: Waxmann: 93-113. PDF


Goerres, Achim (2011): What makes older people protest? (Qu’est-ce qui pousse les personnes âgées à manifester?). In: Politics over the life course (La politique au fil de l‘âge), ed. by A. Muxel, Paris: SciencesPo Les Presses: 197-212. PDF

Goerres, Achim (2010): Das Wahlverhalten älterer Menschen. Forschungsergebnisse aus etablierten Demokratien, Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, 41/1: 102-120. PDF

Goerres, Achim (2009): The Voting Behaviour of Older People, Research Report for the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Acatec (in German). Acta Nova Leopoldina, PDF,

Goerres, Achim/ Warntjen, Andreas (2006): Requiem for a Dream? Academic career opportunities for young political scientists in Germany, European Political Science, 5/2: 253-63. PDF

Book Reviews

Goerres, Achim (2009): ‘The Well-being of Older People in Ageing Societies’ by Asghar Zaidi, Czech Sociological Review, 45/3.

Goerres, Achim (2006): ‘Foundations of Comparative Politics’ by Kenneth Newton and Jan van Deth, Political Studies Review, 4/3: 387.

Goerres, Achim (2005): 'Race Politics in Britain and France: ideas and policymaking since the1960s' by Erik Bleich, Political Studies Review, 3/1: 159.

Other Publications

Goerres, Achim (2009): Politik in alternden Gesellschaften: ein Forschungsüberblick, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Newsletter, 09/01.

Goerres, Achim (2008): Populistische Rentenpolitik, taz, 27.04.08.

Goerres, Achim (2008): Chancen und Herausforderungen einer alternden europäischen Gesellschaft, Einführungsessay für den Sammelband “Towards a Multiage Society: The Cultural Dimension of Age Policies” commissioned by the UNESCO and the EU Economic and Social Committee (in German, English and French)

Invited Talks

University of Southern Denmark Odense 2016

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Cologne 2016

University of Oldenburg 2016

University of Trier 2015

University of Frankfurt 2013

University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf 2013

University of Cologne 2014

Academy for Political Science Education Tutzing 2014

Goerres, Achim (2010): Grey politics? What People Do and Think in Ageing Democracies, Göteborg Universität, Seminar „Elections, Opinion, and Democracy“, March.

Goerres, Achim (2010): The Political Behaviour of Older People, Irish Centre of Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway, February, video conference.

Goerres, Achim (2010): The Politics and Public Policies of Ageing Societies, DFG-Kolleg SOCLIFE, Universität zu Köln, February.

Goerres, Achim (2009): Wie wählt die ältere Generation?, Deutscher Seniorentag, Leipzig, Deutschland, June.

Goerres, Achim (2009): Politics in Ageing Societies: an Overview, Her Majesty’s Treasury, London, March.

Goerres, Achim (2009): The Qualitative and Quantitative Political Science Analysis of individuals: Studying Politics and Solidarity Between Generations with Focus Group and Survey Data, Social Science Methods Centre, University of Oldenburg, February.

Goerres, Achim (2008): The Diversity of Greying Democracies in Europe: The Political Participation of Older People and the Societal Context, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, and Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, October.

Goerres, Achim (2008): The Electoral and Organisational Political Participation of Older People, Interdisciplinary Ageing Conference of the MacArthur Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, May.

Goerres, Achim (2007): The Grey Vote: Voting Participation and Party Choice at Old Age, Maxnet Aging Conference of the Max Planck Society, Stockholm, Sweden, June.

Goerres, Achim (2007): 'Why do you bother at your age?' Political Participation of Older People Outside of Organisations in Europe, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, April.

Goerres, Achim (2007): 'Why do you bother at your age?' Political Participation of Older People Outside of Organisations in Europe, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, February.

Conference Papers

Presentations among others at:

APSA 2007, 2011;

Council for European Studies 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017;

DVPW (Methoden): 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016;

DVPW (politische Ökonomie) 2007, 2008, 2011, 2017;

DVPW (Vergleich) 2007;

DVPW 2006; DVPW (Wahlen und pol. Einstellungen): 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016;

ECPR 2005, 2007, 2009; ECPR (Joint Sessions) 2009, 2013;

EPSA 2012, 2014, 2015;

IPSA 2003;

ISA 2010;

MPSA 2006;

PSA (EPOP) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014;

PSA 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014.