Jan Schoofs, M.A., is a NRW School of Governance/AICGS Fellow in October and November 2015. He is a PhD candidate and a research assistant at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Mr. Schoofs’ research primarily focusses on political parties. In his dissertation, he addresses various aspects of the question why and how parties change.
In 2015, Jan Schoofs participated in the project Legitimacy and Self-Efficacy: Future Impulses for Party Democracy supported by the Progressive Center Berlin, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. He was a member of the interdisciplinary expert group that developed a number of ideas on how the German parties can innovate to preserve their status as member parties in a continuously changing society. The results can be found on www.parteireform.org.
During his AICGS Fellowship, Mr. Schoofs will continue to pursue this issue by exploring what German parties can learn from American parties regarding organizational innovations. A special focus will be on party primaries and other tools for the mobilization of party members and sympathizers.
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