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.
16. 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 evidences’ 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]
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.
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?’
- Huber, Robert A. and Micheal Wicki. ‘Policies Imposing Usage-Dependent Costs and Political Protest’
- Nguyen, Quynh, Robert A. Huber and Thomas Bernauer. ‘Green Trade Preferences: Experimental Evidence from Six OECD Countries’
- 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’
- Eberl, Jakob-Moritz, Esther Greussing, Robert Huber ‘From Populism to the ‘Plandemic’:
Why populists believe in COVID-19 conspiracies’
- 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’.