Since 2018 I am a researcher based at the University of Göttingen. My research is focused on parties and especially small and marginal parties. Furthermore, I am interested in party competition, party membership, niche parties and quantitative research (especially using R).

My university page can be found here.

This blog is meant to document certain aspects of my research and the innumerable struggles (as well as accomplishments) with data science using R.


  • Bartels J-E and Springer F (2021) Der Gang in den Schatten der Macht. Warum engagiert man sich überhaupt in einer Klein(st)partei? Politische Vierteljahresschrift. DOI: 10.1007/s11615-021-00322-1
  • Bartels J-E and Remke ML (2021) ‘Parties in the Shadows’ –Do Small and Marginal Parties Cater to a Niche? German Politics. DOI: 10.1080/09644008.2021.1913725..
  • Fink S, Bartels J-E, Hagendorf W, et al. (2019) Determinants of subnational party positions on electricity grid expansion in Germany: Economic over political interests. Utilities Policy 58: 145–157.DOI:10.1016/j.jup.2019.05.007