Jan Treibel is a NRW School of Governance/AICGS Fellow from August to October, 2011. He is a research assistant at the Institute for Political Science of the University of Duisburg-Essen. He finished his master’s degree studies in Political Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2008. Prior to his studies in Duisburg, he graduated from Ruhr-University Bochum with a bachelor’s degree in History and Social Sciences. He teaches courses in Political Science and is working on his dissertation thesis, which focuses on political decision-making processes in party organizations, especially in Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP). Mr. Treibel’s research interests include the political system of Germany, party manifestos, electoral research, leadership studies, and political communication. He has been a member of the “Forschungsgruppe Regieren” since 2007.

While at AICGS, Mr. Treibel will examine leadership strategies of U.S. governors in the public arena and determine which lessons might be transferable to the leadership of the German state presidents (“Ministerpräsidenten”), especially in North Rhine-Westphalia. The study takes an inter-actionist approach to political leadership by considering three factors: The personality of the leader, the institution where leadership takes place, and the temporal-structural context. Therefore, Mr. Treibel will focus on public leadership in U.S. states with direct democratic instruments, in particular the Initiative Process, in contrast to U.S. states without these elements. More specifically, he will determine”

How do governors lead in the public arena? Is it possible to identify archetypes of public leadership strategies in U.S. states?
How do U.S. citizens react as leadership followers? In this case, which roles do direct democratic instruments like the Initiative Process play?

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