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. I am furthermore interested in why citizens want to delegate decision-making power away from parliament, be it to other citizens via direct democratic measures or independent experts. In a recent paper, I furthermore 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 attitudes and explanations related to political ideology and specific policy design. This research is mainly focussing on individual citizens.


12. Mohrenberg, Steffen, Robert A. Huber, and Tina Freyburg. forthcoming. ‘Populism, and Support for Direct Democracy’. Party Politics [Researchgate Version] [Replication Material]

11. Wicki, Michael L., Robert A. Huber and Thomas Bernauer. forthcoming. ‘Policy Packaging and Public Support for Mobility Policies’. Journal of Public Policy [Replication Material]

10. Huber, Robert A., Michael L. Wicki, and Thomas Bernauer. forthcoming. ‘ Public support for environmental policy depends on beliefs concerning effectiveness, intrusiveness, and fairness’ Environmental Politics. [Replication Material] [Handelszeitung Article about this project]

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]

6. Huber, Robert A., and Christian H. Schimpf. 2017. ‘On the Distinct Effects of Left-Wing and Right-Wing Populism on Democratic Quality’ Politics and Governance 5(4): 146–165. [Replication Material]

5. Huber, Robert A., and Saskia P. Ruth. 2017. ‘Mind the Gap! Populism, Participation and Representation in Europe’ Swiss Political Science Review 23(4): 462– 484. [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. [Replication Material]

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.


Huber, Robert A. ‘Populism, Climate Scepticism and Support for Environmental Protection’.

Steven M. Van Hauwaert and Robert A. Huber ‘Terrorism and Support for Liberal Democracy’. European Journal of Political Science

 Under Review:

Huber, Robert A., Lukas P. Fesenfeld and Thomas Bernauer ‘Populism and Climate Change’.

Beiser-McGrath Liam F., Thomas Bernauer, Robert A. Huber and Vally Koubi. ‘Why Do Citizens Want to Delegate Power away from Parliament?’

Huber, Robert A. and Micheal Wicki. ‘Policies Imposing Usage-Dependent Costs and Political Protest’

Quynh Nguyen, Robert A. Huber and Thomas Bernauer. ‘Green Trade Preferences: Experimental Evidence from Six OECD Countries’

In Preparation:

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’

Huber, Robert A. and Liam F. Beiser-McGrath. ‘Predicting Vote Choice’

Duer, Andreas, Robert A. Huber and Yannick Stiller ‘District competitiveness and MP attitudes towards free trade’

Huber, Robert A., Thomas Lehner, and Carsten Wegscheider ‘Populism and EU law Compliance’