Communicative Figurations in the field of politics and the role of face-to-face communication

Kommunikative Figurationen im Feld der Politik und die Rolle von Face-to-Face-Interaktionen

Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier

Project Assistant:Dr. Tanja Pritzlaff-Scheele

The subproject aims to systematically investigate the role of face-to-face communication in the political field. In the face of the rapid development and dissemination of new communication technologies, which are not tied to situations of co-presence, the question arises as to why and to what extent face-to-face-communication is still needed in the field of politics. Which transformations in face-to-face interaction in politics occur when the new media (mobile phones, Twitter, etc.) become part of them?

Within the Creative Unit, the subproject will use experimental research on political decision-making, building on the Nowetas research initiative (together with Prof. Kittel and Prof. Traub). The experimental studies (making use of Prof. Traub’s laboratory) will generate hypotheses on the differential influence of communication media on handling collective decision-making problems (distributive questions, public-good decisions).

Research Field: Field


Nullmeier, F./Schneider, S/Hepp, A. (2015): Transformations of the Democratic State. In: Stephan Leibfried, Evelyne Huber, Matthew Lange, Jonah D. Levy, Frank Nullmeier, John D. Stephens (eds.) (2015): The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 565-584.

Nullmeier, F. (2015): Global Social Governance in the Media. In: Alexandra Kaasch und Kerstin Martens (eds.): Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance Global Social Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 195-213.

Biegon, D./Nullmeier, F. (2014): Narrationen über Narrationen. Stellenwert und Methodologie der Narrationsanalyse. In: Frank Gadinger, Sebastian Jarzebski, Taylan Yildiz (eds.): Politische Narrative. Konzepte, Analysen, Forschungspraxis. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 39-65.

Nullmeier, F. (2014): Intersubjektivität und Interindividualität. Anmerkungen zu den sozialtheoretischen Grundlagen der Demokratietheorie. In: O. Flügel-Martinsen/D. Gaus/T. Hitzel-Cassagnes/F. Martinsen (eds.): Deliberative Kritik – Kritik der Deliberation. Festschrift für Rainer Schmalz-Bruns, Wiesbaden: Springer, 73-101.

Nullmeier, F./Pritzlaff, T. (2014): Deliberative Praktiken. Zur praktikentheoretischen Fundierung deliberativer Politik. In: C. Landwehr/R. Schmalz-Bruns, eds. Deliberative Demokratie in der Diskussion. Herausforderungen, Bewährungsproben, Kritik. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 203-237.

Nullmeier, F. (2013): Wissenspolitologie und interpretative Politikanalyse. In S. Kropp/S. Kuhlmann (eds.): Wissen und Expertise in Politik und Verwaltung, dms – der moderne staat. Sonderheft 1. Opladen et al.: Verlag Barbara Budrich, S. 21-43.

Nullmeier, F. (2013): Out of the public eye – The International Labour Organisation in the media. In: Zes-Working Paper Series, No. 03/2013.


Pritzlaff-Scheele, T. (2015): “Is Physical Presence Still Required? An Experimental Study on the Role of Face-to-Face Interactions in Political Decision-Making”, Jahrestagung der Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), 16.-19.04.2015, Chicago/USA

Pritzlaff-Scheele, T. (2015): “Between “Apparent Unanimity” and Majority Vote. A Political Microethnography of Committee Decision-Making”, 13. Jahrestagung der Französischen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (Congrès National Association Française de Science Politique (AFSP)), 22.-24.06.2015, Aix-en-Provence/Frankreich

Pritzlaff, T. (2014): „Reaching common ground. An experimental study of group decision-making”, Jahrestagung der American Political Science Association (APSA) “Politics after the Digital Revolution”, 28.-31.08.2014, Washington, DC/USA

Pritzlaff, T. (2014): „Reaching common ground. An experimental study of group decision-making”. Jahrestagung der Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), 03.-06.04.2014, Chicago/USA.

Pritzlaff, T. (2013): “Creating a ‘We’ – A Video-based Ethnography of Policy-Making”. Internationaler Workshop “Decision-Making by Consensus”, Humboldt Universität Berlin, 04.10.2013, Berlin.