• HANNAH WERNER

    Political Scientist

  • WELCOME

    I am a post-doctoral researcher in political science at the University. of Leuven. In December 2020 I obtained my PhD from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Leuven (joint degree). I hold a masters degree in communication science from the research master program at the University of Amsterdam and a bachelors degree in communication studies and economics from the University of Mannheim. In 2016 I was awarded a 4-Year fellowship from the FWO – Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium) for a research project on democratic innovations. My PhD was supervised by Prof. Sofie Marien and Prof. Wouter van der Brug.

     

    I am interested in political psychology and political behavior, particularly in the development and the decline of perceived democratic legitimacy. In my PhD project I investigated the often-stated potential of democratic innovations to reconnect citizens to political authorities and to tackle an acclaimed legitimacy deficit with a specific focus on winners and losers of democratic decisions. I am also interested in climate governance, political consumerism and the role of political fact-checking during election campaigns in shaping political trust. Methodologically, I use mainly experimental methods, comparative survey analysis, and occasionally qualitative interviewing.

     

  • MY WORK

    RESEArch

    Publications

    teaching ETC

  • RESEARCH

    phd project

    PRAGMATIC CITIZENS: A BOTTOM-UP PERSPECTIVE ON PARTICIPATORY POLITICS

    Doctoral dissertation (pdf)

    cum laude (highest possible distinction)

    If I’ll Win It, I Want It.

    The Role of Instrumental Considerations in Explaining Public Support for Decision-Making through Referendums

    published in the European Journal of Political Research: https://ejpr.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6765.12358 

    presented at MPSA 2018, ECPR joint sessions 2018, ECPR 2017

    A problem-based approach to understanding support for referendums

    with Sofie Marien and Andrea Felicetti

    published in the European Journal of Political Research: https://ejpr.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6765.12368

    presented at ECPR 2018

    A framework to evaluate the effects of participatory processes on legitimacy perceptions

    with Sofie Marien

    published in the British Journal of Political Science: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123420000459

    presented at Barcelona-Gothenburg-Bergen workshop for experimental political science 2018

    Are populists sore losers?

    Explaining populists’ preferences for and reactions to referendums

    with Kristof Jacobs

    accepted at the British Journal of Political Science

    presented at ECPR 2019

    How involving the few generates legitimacy perceptions among the many

    with Sofie Marien

    under review

    presented at ECPR 2018, APSA, 2017, ECPR 2016

    "Best Paper" award in the democratic innovation section, ECPR 2016

    Referendums are for losers? individual differences in support for referendums after electoral loss

    with Kathrin Ackermann and Anna Kern

    under review

    presented at DVPW congress 2018, MPSA 2018, NIG-conference 2017

    citizens as representatives? Evidence from conjoint experiments

    with Sofie Marien, Lala Muradova and Anna Kern

    working paper

    Dissatisfaction and support for democratic innovations

    working paper

    Further projects

    Fair treatment, fair play? The relationship between fair treatment perceptions, political trust and compliant and cooperative attitudes cross‐nationally

    with Sofie Marien

    published in European Journal of Political Research: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6765.12271

    The importance of good loser messages – A de-biasing experiment

    with Peter Esaiasson and Sveinung Arnesen

    under review

    presented at MPSA, 2019, MPSA 2018

    Zooming in and Scaling up with Scenario Experiments

    with Lala Muradova

    book chapter, forthcoming in Assessing Deliberation: Methodological Approaches in Deliberative Democracy edited by Selen Ercan, Hans Asenbaum, Nicole Curato, Ricardo Mendonca, Oxford: Oxford University Press​

    Do citizens care if politicians lie?

    Fact-checking, partisan bias and trust in politicians and media sources during the US presidential election campaign of 2016.

    working paper

    presented at ECPR 2017

    How schools shape political trust: civic education and procedural fairness across 14 countries

    with Lies Maurissen

    under review

    presented at the Dutch-Belgian Political Science Meeting 2019

  • publications

    Werner, H. & Muradova, L (forthcoming). Zooming in and Scaling up with Scenario Experiments, in Assessing Deliberation: Methodological Approaches in Deliberative Democracy edited by Selen Ercan, Hans Asenbaum, Nicole Curato, Ricardo Mendonca, Oxford: Oxford University Press​

    Werner, H. & Marien, S. (2020), Provess vs. Outcome. A framework to evaluate the effects of participatory processes on legitimacy perceptions. British Journal of Political Science, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123420000459

    Werner, H. (2019). If I'll win it, I want it: The role of instrumental considerations in explaining public support for referendums. European Journal of Political Research, https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12358

    Werner, H., Marien, S. and Felicetti A. (2019), A problem‐based approach to understanding public support for referendums. European Journal of Political Research,  https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12368 

    Marien, S. and Werner, H. (2018), Fair treatment, fair play? The relationship between fair treatment perceptions, political trust and compliant and cooperative attitudes cross‐nationally. European Journal of Political Research, 58: 72-95. doi:10.1111/1475-6765.12271

    Werner, H. (2015),Truth is for Losers. Eine Studie zum Verhältnis von Lüge, Vertrauen und politischem Fact-Checking im US-Wahlkampf 2012. In B. Pohlers, F. Schreiber & I. Gubbar (Ed.) Die Politik auf dem Siegertreppchen. Beiträge des 10. Düsseldorfer Forum Politische Kommunikation. Band 5 (S. 75-96). Berlin: Frank & Timme.

  • Teaching ETC

    Teaching

    Seminar "Democratic innovations: risks and opportunities", course design and co-teaching, KU Leuven, Spring, 2018

     

    Seminar "Political Communication during the US election campaign of 2016" , course design and co-teaching, KU Leuven, Fall 2016

     

    Lecture "Political Communication", guest lectures, KU Leuven, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

     

    Lecture "Advanced Comparative Politics", guest lectures, KU Leuven, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

     

    Summer course for PhD students "Process Tracing ||", teaching assistant, ECPR summer school of methods, CEU Budapest, Summer 2017

     

    Workshop for PhD students: "Survey Design", co-teaching, VUB Brussels, Spring 2017

     

    Lecture: "Introduction to Media and Communication Studies', tutor, University of Mannheim, Fall 2010, 2011, 2012

     

    Lecture "Theories of Media and Communication Studies", tutor, University of Mannheim, Spring 2011

     

    miscellaneous

    Chair for Panel (with Kristof Jacobs): "Populism and democratic innovations: the good, the bad or the ugly?" ECPR General Conference 2020

     

    Chair for Panel (with Lala Muradova): "Political Psychology and Democratic Innovation: Friend or Foe? " ECPR General Conference 2020

     

    Chair for Panel (with Tom Tyler): "Procedural Fairness, Voice and Democratic Legitimacy" ECPR General Conference 2018

     

    Chair for Panel (with Lisanne de Blok): "Democratic Legitimacy: Connecting The Pieces Of The Puzzle", Dutch-Belgian Political Science Meeting 2018

     

    PhD representative (with Ellis Aizenberg) in Program Group: "Challenges to Democratic Representation", University of Amsterdam, 2018-2019

     

    Reviewer for e.g. Journal of Politics, European Journal of Political Research, American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies

     

    Research visit at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2020 (invited by Prof. Diana Mutz)