Klaus H. Goetz: Exceptional Political Dynamics: Temporality, Turbulence, Transformation

Political Science | Academic Year 2019/2020

The CAS Research Group led by Klaus H. Goetz investigates exceptional dynamics in political power constellations that cut across the spheres of authority, bureaucracy, policy, and ideas. The Research Group enquires into the defining substantive and procedural characteristics of exceptional dynamics; and seeks to clarify the theoretical and methodological challenges involved in research on exceptionally dynamic political change. Exceptional dynamics are associated with at least three key concepts: temporality, turbulence, and transformation. Temporal understandings highlight, in particular, time-related features, such as the high speed of change; atypical sequences; or compressed durations, when much seems to happen in a short period of time. Dynamics understood as turbulence relate to a broad range of phenomena, such as variability, inconsistency, unexpectedness, unpredictability, randomness or seeming "chaos". Transformative understandings emphasise the extent and depth of quantitative and/or qualitative political change, as in accounts of revolutions, system breakdowns, or cataclysmic events. The Research Group asks whether exceptional dynamics are becoming more common in national, multi-level and global politics and what are the drivers of exceptionality.


Prof. Christopher Ansell, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Political Science

Prof. Dina Bishara, Ph.D.

Cornell University

International and Comparative Labor

Prof. Ruth Dassonneville, Ph.D.

University of Montréal

Political Science

Gianni Del Panta, Ph.D.

University of Siena

Political Science

Prof. Keith Dowding

Australian National University

Political Science

Prof. Michael Howlett, Ph.D.

Simon Fraser University

Political Science

Prof. Dr. André Kaiser

University of Cologne

Political Science

Prof. Moshe Maor, Ph.D.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Political Science

Prof. Helen Margetts, Ph.D.

University of Oxford / Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and AI

Political Science


  • Workshop – " Researching Dynamic Politics: Data, Methods, Theories"
    (Winter Semester 2019/20)
  • Lecture (Livestream) – "The Cultural Sources of the Gender Gap in Voter Turnout"
    (Summer Semester 2020)