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

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

15. Huber, Robert A. and Micheal Wicki. 2021. ‘Policies Imposing Usage-Dependent Costs and Political Protest’ Energy Research and Social Science 75.

14. Wicki, Michael L., Robert A. Huber and Thomas Bernauer. 2020. ‘Policy Packaging and Public Support for Mobility Policies’. Journal of Public Policy 40(4): 599 – 625.

13. Steven M. Van Hauwaert and Robert A. Huber. 2020. ‘Terrorism and Support for Liberal Democracy’. European Journal of Political Research 59(4): 936-953. [Replication Material]

12. Huber, Robert A. 2020. ‘Populism, Climate Scepticism and Support for Environmental Protection’. Environmental Politics 29(6): 959-982. [Replication Material]

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]

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.

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. [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:

  1. 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

  1. Beiser-McGrath Liam F., Thomas Bernauer, Robert A. Huber and Vally Koubi. ‘Why Do Citizens Want to Delegate Power away from Parliament?’
  2. 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’

Under review:

  1. Duer, Andreas, Robert A. Huber and Yannick Stiller ‘District competitiveness and MP attitudes towards free trade’
  2. Huber, Robert A., Esther Greussing, Jakob-Moritz Eberl `Populist Attitudes, Attitudes on Science and Climate Denial

In Preparation:

  1. Steven Van Hauwaert, and Robert A. Huber `Populist Attitudes and Types of Participation’.
  2. Huber, Robert A., and Liam F. Beiser-McGrath `Predicting Vote Choice’.
  3. Stiller, Yannick, Robert A. Huber, and Andreas Dür `Torn over trade: How citizens form their opinion towards trade liberalization’.
  4. Duer, Andreas, Robert A. Huber, Gemma Matteo, and Gabriele Spilker `Institutional Design Matters: Explaining Interest Group Support for Trade Agreements’.