Andreas Jüschke will be a NRW School of Governance/AICGS Fellow in September 2011. Since 2009 he has been a research assistant at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. After receiving his Diploma in Social Sciences and Computer Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, he has been teaching courses in Political Science and the Didactics of Social Science.

His interest in the political system of Germany, party manifestos, electoral research, coalition theories, and coalition formation processes manifests itself in his dissertation thesis, which concentrates on the influence of individual top actors towards the coalition building process in German federal states. Theories regarding coalition formation mostly describe parties as Unitarian actors in the coalition game. In his thesis, he wants to stress that factors like a fluid five party system, small people’s parties, and a multi-coalition ability of parties have strengthened the influence of individual top actors, and that the instruments, styles, and techniques used by them are different.

During his NRW/AICGS Fellowship in September, Mr. Jüschke will be working on a project together with associate NRW/AICGS Fellow Ms. Marion Steinkamp. They will explore the American way of insolvency at the local level, with a focus on whether or not the American way is a model for NRW to escape financial paralysis. In particular, they will examine the current situation in American and NRW communities in relation to the possible courses of action for political actors and institutions. A main question of the project will be: “Is insolvency at the local level a way for political actors and institutions to increase their capacity to act?”