Endre Borbáth

Political Sociology • Freie Universität Berlin • WZB Berlin Social Science Center


I am a postdoctoral researcher, working at the Institute of Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin, and at the Center for Civil Society Research at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

Research interests: comparative political sociology, party competition, social movements, civil society, political participation, crisis politics, cleavages, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, research methods. You can find more information about my ongoing research, published in scientific, or general media outlets.

Previously I received my PhD in December 2018 from the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute, with a thesis on “Parties and protests in crisis-hit Europe: continuity and change in the structure of political conflict”. Before that I studied political science at the Central European University with a focus on electoral politics. You can find my more detailed cv here.

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recent news [full archive]

Aug 9, 2022 Our chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Political Participation on “Bridging Electoral and Nonelectoral Political Participation” with Swen Hutter has been published! We review and contribute to the literature on how electoral and nonelectoral participation are combined.
For now you can only access it in print here!. You can find a twitter thread with more info on the chapter here!
Jul 6, 2022 I will be presenting the working paper The Mobilizing Capacity of Organized Civil Society during the Pandemic, co-authored with Gesine Höltmann and Swen Hutter, at the Frontiers in Civil Society Research workshop, at the WZB, in Berlin. Join the event for the public roundtable on ‘Reviving Social Capital Theory or Searching for New Key Concepts?’. You can register here.
Jun 28, 2022 I will be presenting the working paper Just Call Me Movement: Party (Re-)branding in Europe co-authored with Swen Hutter, at the Conference of Europeanists in Lisbon. Due to a last-minute change in the schedule, I present in the panel ‘Ideology and Party Politics in Europe and Latin America’ on the 29th of June, from 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM (Room C5.08). See the pdf program.
I will also be the discussant of the panel ‘EU Resilience in Times of COVID-19?: Public Support, Legitimacy, and Solidarity’ on the 30st of June, from 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM (Room B2.01).

selected publications

  1. German Pol.
    Protest and Electoral Breakthrough: Challenger Party-Movement Interactions in Germany
    Weisskircher, ManèsHutter, Swen, and Borbáth, Endre
    German Politics 2022
  2. Gov&Opp
    How do populist radical right parties differentiate their appeal? Evidence from the media strategy of the Hungarian Jobbik party
    Borbáth, Endre, and Gessler, Theresa
    Government and Opposition 2021
  3. Party Politics
    Protesting Parties in Europe: A comparative analysis:
    Borbáth, Endre, and Hutter, Swen
    Party Politics 2020