Research

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.

Published work:

Journal articles

18. Bräuninger, Thomas, Thomas Däubler, Robert A. Huber, and Lukas Rudolph (conditionally accepted) ‘The Performance of Populist Right Parties in Open and Closed Lists. Evidence from a survey experiment’. British Journal of Political Science

17. Beiser-McGrath, Liam F., Robert A. Huber, Thomas Bernauer, and Vally Koubi (accepted for publication) `Why Do Citizens Want to Delegate Power away from Parliament?’. Comparative Political Studies.

16. Nguyen, Quynh, Robert A. Huber and Thomas Bernauer. forthcoming. ‘Green Trade Preferences: Experimental Evidence from Six OECD Countries’ Global Environmental Politics 21(3).

15. Huber, Robert, Tomas Maltby, Kacper Sczulecki, and Stefan Cetkovic. 2021. ‘Is populism a challenge to European energy and climate policy? Unpacking the causal links and empirical evidence’ Journal of European Public Policy 28(7): 998-1017.

14. Eberl, Jakob-Moritz, Esther Greussing, Robert Huber. 2021. ‘From Populism to the ‘Plandemic’: Why populists believe in COVID-19 conspiracies’ Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties 31(S1): 272-284.

13. Mohrenberg, Steffen, Robert A. Huber, and Tina Freyburg. 2021. ‘Populism, and Support for Direct Democracy’. Party Politics 27(3): 528-539.

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

11. 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.

10. 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]

9. 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]

8. 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]

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

6. 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]

5. 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. ‘On the Distinct Effects of Left-Wing and Right-Wing Populism on Democratic Quality’ Politics and Governance 5(4): 146–165.

3. 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].

2. 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]

1. 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]

Book chapter

5. Huber, Robert A., Thomas Lehner, and Carsten Wegscheider `Populism and EU Law Compliance’. accepted for publication . Book project edited by Kirk Hawkins and Levente Littvay

4. Huber, Robert A. in print. ‘Populism and Climate Change: A Match Made in Heaven?’ In Political
populism: a handbook, International studies on populism, eds. Reinhard C. Heinisch,
Christina Holtz-Bacha, and Oscar Mazzoleni. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

3. Huber, Robert A., and Christian Schimpf. in print. ‘Populism and Democracy—Theoretical and Empirical
Considerations.’ In Political populism: a handbook, International studies on populism, eds.
Reinhard C. Heinisch, Christina Holtz-Bacha, and Oscar Mazzoleni. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

2. Huber, Robert A., and Eric Miklin. 2020. ‘Aus Fehlern gelernt? Das Verhältnis zwischen
FPÖ-Landesgruppen und der Bundespartei im Vergleich Schwarz-Blau und Türkis-Blau’. in Salzburger Jahrbuch für Politik 2020, edited by Christina Dirninger et al. Wien: Böhlau. pp. 149-175.

1. 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.

Book reviews

2. 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.

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.

Working paper:

Revise and resubmit

3. Huber, Robert A., Esther Greussing, Jakob-Moritz Eberl `Populist Attitudes, Attitudes on Science and Climate Denial

2. Huber, Robert A., Michael Jankowski, and Christina-Marie Juen `Populist Parties and the Two-Dimensional Policy Space’

1. Stiller, Yannick, Robert A. Huber, and Andreas Dür `Torn over trade: How citizens form their opinion towards trade liberalization’

Under review

4. Dür, Andreas, Robert A. Huber, and Yannick Stiller `District competitiveness and MP attitudes towards free trade’

3. Dür, Andreas, Robert A. Huber, Gemma Matteo, and Gabriele Spilker `Institutional Design Matters: Explaining Interest Group Support for Trade Agreements’.

2. Huber, Robert A., Yannick Stiller, and Andreas Dür `A new approach to capturing subnational economic competitiveness’

1. Juen, Christina-Marie Michael Jankowski, Robert A. Huber, Torren Frank, Leena Maass, and Markus Tepe `Who wants COVID-19 Vaccination to be Compulsory? The Impact of Party Cues, Left-Right Ideology and Populism’

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. Eberl, Jakob, Esther Greussing, Robert A. Huber, and Niels Mede `Comparing Populist and Science-Related Populist Attitudes’
  4. Huber, Robert A., and Andrej Zaslove `Populism and Globalisation’
  5. Dür, Andreas, Robert A. Huber, Gemma Matteo, and Yannick Stiller `Legislator Trade Attitudes’.