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Mr Matthias Dilling
MPhil in Comparative Government (Oxford), BA in Political Science (FU Berlin)
Role : Doctoral Candidate in Politics
Job Title : Student
College Group : Politics
University Department : Department of Politics and International Relations
Research Interests : Comparative Politics, Institutional Development, Political Parties, Christian democracy
Mobile phone : 07778610730
Nuffield College
New Road
Oxford, OX1 1NF
United Kingdom


Biographical Sketch

Welcome to my website! I am a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Pembroke College and a Doctoral Candidate in Politics at Nuffield College (University of Oxford). My research covers the areas of comparative politics, political parties and European politics.
In particular, I am interested in Christian democracy, party organization, institutional development and qualitative methodology.

In my book-length dissertation
Organizational Choices and Organizational Adaptability in Political Parties. The Case of Western European Christian Democracy, I explore why Christian democratic parties vary in their ability to adapt to dramatically changing social and political conditions. Faced with the unexpected collapse of European Communism, challenges in the process of European integration and an economic recession, some Christian democratic parties declined, while others successfully adapted to the new political context. My research seeks to explain such variation by analyzing the relationship between party organization, intra-party competition and party adaptability.

I teach Prelims, Comparative Government, Politics in Europe and Political Sociology and have teaching experience at several Oxford Colleges and beyond.

Before starting my doctorate, I received an MPhil in Comparative Government (with distinction) from Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I wrote my MPhil thesis (with distinction) on the relationship between party organization and different patterns of intra-party competition. Before coming to Oxford, I obtained a BA in Political Science from FU Berlin (with distinction). In my BA thesis, I analyzed the unexpected rise of the German Pirate Party from a niche party to parliamentary representation in several German Land parliaments.

My CV can be accessed via the link at the top right corner of this page.

Recent publications

"The CDU. Representation and Representation Deficits within a People’s Party." In Parteien und Soziale Ungleichheit, ed. E. Wiesendahl. Springer, pp. 89–121, 2017 (in German).

Upcoming and recent talks

'Is the UK entering a stage of political realignment?', Panel discussion, Oxford Forum, Oxford, March 2017.

'First Things First. The importance of sequence and timing in explaining factionalism in the Italian Democrazia Cristiana, 1944-1954', Modern European History Workshop, Cambridge, March 2017.

'The West's March towards Liberalism: Was 2016 a fatal blow?', Panel discussion, Keble College, Oxford, February 2017.

'Organization, Factionalism and the Collapse of Italian Christian Democracy', Paper at APSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September 2016.

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