Writ large, my research focuses on two topics. First, I am interested in studying democracy and especially the phenomenon of populism. 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 climate and environmental attitudes. By and large, I am interested in what governments can actually do to promote pro-environmental action and which potential hurdles appear. I focus on attitudes towards climate and environmental attitudes and potential explanations related to political ideology and specific policy design. This research is mainly focussing on individual citizens.
- Mohrenberg, Steffen, Robert A. Huber, and Tina Freyburg. forthcoming. ‘Populism, and Support for Direct Democracy’. Party Politics [Researchgate Version] [Replication Material]
- Wicki, Michael L., Robert A. Huber and Thomas Bernauer. forthcoming. ‘Policy Packaging and Public Support for Mobility Policies’. Journal of Public Policy [Replication Material]
- 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]
- 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.
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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].
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
- Mohrenberg, Steffen, Robert A. Huber, and Tina Freyburg. 2019.`Populist-leaning voters want more direct democracy – but do their parties deliver?’ Swissinfo.
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- Brückmann, Gracia, Robert A. Huber, and Bernauer, Thomas. 2018 ‘Das Zürcher Formel E Rennen im öffentlichen Meinungsbild’ ISTP Paper Series 2: 1-17.
- Bernauer, Thomas, Robert A. Huber, and Michael L. Wicki. 2018. ‘Verkehrspolitik von morgen heute gestalten’ Handelzeitung 22: 33.
- Huber, Robert A. 2016. ‘Same Candidates, Same Election?’ Counting Counts.
Revise and Resubmit:
- 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’.
- 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’
- 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’