Writ large, my research focuses on challenges for (liberal) democracy. I am particularly interested in two challenges:
First, I am interested in understanding the potential challenges populism poses to liberal democracy. In this research, I focus on explanations for and consequences of populism. I am particularly interested in the relationship between populism and democracy, both on a party-system and individual level. These questions range from how do populism and democracy relate and what kind of democracy do populist individuals desire. More recently, I assess the causal effect of terror attacks on individuals support for liberal democracy.
Second, I research challenges to democracy imposed by globalisation, particularly climate change, environmental degradation and trade liberalisation. By and large, I am interested in what governments can actually do to promote pro-environmental action and which potential hurdles appear, such as public opinion. I focus on attitudes towards climate and environmental politics and explanations related to political ideology and specific policy design. Most recently I particularly focus on how populism and climate attitudes relate. This research is mainly focussing on individual citizens.
19. Eberl, Jakob-Moritz, Esther Greussing, Robert Huber ‘From Populism to the ‘Plandemic’: Why populists believe in COVID-19 conspiracies’ Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties
18. Nguyen, Quynh, Robert A. Huber and Thomas Bernauer. accepted for publication. ‘Green Trade Preferences: Experimental Evidence from Six OECD Countries’ Global Environmental Politics
17. Huber, Robert, Tomas Maltby, Kacper Sczulecki, Stefan Cetkovic. accepted for publication. ‘Is populism a challenge to European energy and climate policy? Unpacking the causal links and empirical evidence’ Journal of European Public Policy
11. Huber, Robert A., Michael L. Wicki, and Thomas Bernauer. 2020 ‘ Public support for environmental policy depends on beliefs concerning effectiveness, intrusiveness, and fairness’ Environmental Politics 29(4): 649-673. [Replication Material] [Handelszeitung Article about this project]
10. Huber, Robert A., Lukas P. Fesenfeld and Thomas Bernauer. 2020. ‘Political populism, responsiveness, and public support for climate mitigation’ Climate Policy 20(3): 373-386. [Replication Material]
9. Huber, Robert A. 2019. ‘Absorbing the Blow: Populist Parties and Their Impact on Parties and Party Systems, edited by S. B. Wolinetz and A. Zaslove (London / New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018, ISBN 9781785521492); vi+340pp., £70.00 hb.’ JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 57(1): 178-179.
8. Huber, Robert A., Brilé Anderson, and Thomas Bernauer. 2018. ‘Can Social Norm Interventions Promote Voluntary Pro Environmental Action?’ Environmental Science & Policy 89: 231-246. [Replication Material]
7. Beiser-McGrath, Liam F., and Robert A. Huber. 2018. ‘Assessing the Relative Importance of Psychological and Demographic Factors For Predicting Climate and Environmental Attitudes’ Climatic Change 149(3-4): 335-347. [Replication Material] [Supplement Information]
4. Huber, Robert A., and Christian H. Schimpf. 2017. ‘Populism and Democracy—Theoretical and Empirical Considerations’. in Handbook on Political Populism, 1. Edition., edited by Reinhard C. Heinisch, Christina Holtz-Bacha, and Oscar Mazzoleni. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 329 – 344.
3. Huber, Robert A., and Christian H. Schimpf. 2016. ‘A Drunken Guest in Europe? The Influence of Radical Right Parties on Democratic Quality’ Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 10(2): 103–129. [Replication Material]
2. Huber, Robert A., and Christian H. Schimpf. 2016. ‘Friend or Foe? Testing the Influence of Populism on Democratic Quality in Latin America’. Political Studies 64(4): 872–889. [Replication Material]
1. Huber, Robert A. 2016. Kriesi, Hanspeter und Takis S. Pappas, Hrsg. 2015. ‘European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession. Studies in European Political Science. Colchester: ECPR Press. 394 S., € 89.00.’ Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 9(4): 343–345.
Accepted for publication:
- Huber, Robert A., Thomas Lehner, and Carsten Wegscheider `Populism and EU Law Compliance’. Book project edited by Kirk Hawkins and Levente Littvay
Revise and resubmit
- Beiser-McGrath Liam F., Thomas Bernauer, Robert A. Huber and Vally Koubi. ‘Why Do Citizens Want to Delegate Power away from Parliament?’
- Bräuninger, Thomas, Thomas Däubler, Robert A. Huber and Lukas Rudolph. ‘The Performance of Populist Right Parties in Open and Closed Lists. Evidence from a survey experiment’
- Duer, Andreas, Robert A. Huber and Yannick Stiller ‘District competitiveness and MP attitudes towards free trade’
- Huber, Robert A., Esther Greussing, Jakob-Moritz Eberl `Populist Attitudes, Attitudes on Science and Climate Denial
- Steven Van Hauwaert, and Robert A. Huber `Populist Attitudes and Types of Participation’.
- Huber, Robert A., and Liam F. Beiser-McGrath `Predicting Vote Choice’.
- Stiller, Yannick, Robert A. Huber, and Andreas Dür `Torn over trade: How citizens form their opinion towards trade liberalization’.
- Duer, Andreas, Robert A. Huber, Gemma Matteo, and Gabriele Spilker `Institutional Design Matters: Explaining Interest Group Support for Trade Agreements’.