Assoz. Prof. Fabio Wolkenstein, Ph.D.

Portrait photo of Fabio Wolkenstein.

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Tenure-Track Professorship: Transformations of Democracy


Neues Institutsgebäude
Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor
Room: B 202
1010 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-494 19
F: +43-1-4277-949 4

Office hours

After Agreement.


Courses: u:find

Short biography

• Since 2023: Associated Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
• 2021-2023: Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
• 2020-2021: Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
• 2017-2020: Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University
• 2017-2021: Adjunct Researcher at the Institute of Political Science, University of Amsterdam (funded by a VENI Grant from the Dutch national research organisation NWO, project number 016.Veni.185.084)
• 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow at the DFG-funded Kolleg Research Group "Justitia Amplificata" at Goethe University Frankfurt and Freie Universität Berlin.
• 2016: PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Research interests

•    Democratic theory
•    Political parties and representation
•    Political ideologies (esp. Christian Democracy and Social Democracy)

Selected Bibliography


  • i.V. Democratic Regressions: Subversions of Popular Rule and Paths to Recovery. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • i.V. Political Representation as Communicative Practice (mit Christopher Wratil) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2022. Die dunkle Seite der Christdemokratie. Geschichte einer autoritären Versuchung. München: C.H.Beck
  • 2019. Rethinking Party Reform. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Papers (Selection)

  • i.E. Hans Kelsen on Political Catholicism and Christian Democracy. In: European Journal of Political Theory.
  • i.E. What Is Democratic Backsliding? In: Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory.
  • 2023. Eine demokratische Theorie demokratischer Regressionen. In: Leviathan: Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft 51 (40), S. 127-48.
  • 2023. Christian Europe Redux. In: Journal of Common Market Studies 61 (3), S. 636-652.
  • 2022. When Do Social Social Democratic Parties Unite Over Tough Immigration Policy? (mit Philip Rathgeb) In: West European Politics 45 (5), S. 979-1002.
  • 2022. European Political Parties’ Complicity in Democratic Backsliding. In: Global Constitutionalism 11 (1), S. 55-82.
  • 2021. Where Does Europe End? Christian Democratic Ideology and the Expansion of Europe. (mit Josef Hien) In: Journal of Common Market Studies 59 (6), S. 1623-1639.
  • 2021. Freedom of Speech Within Political Parties. (mit Udit Bhatia) In: European Political Science Review 13 (4), S. 431-448.
  • 2021. Multidimensional Representation. (mit Christopher Wratil) In: American Journal of Political Science 65 (4), S. 862-876.
  • 2020. The Social Democratic Case Against the EU. In: Journal of European Public Policy, 27 (9), S. 1349-1367.
  • 2020. Transnational Partisan Networks and Constituent Power in the EU. In: Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 27 (1), S. 127-142.
  • 2019. Agents of Popular Sovereignty. In: Political Theory, 47 (3), S. 338-362.
  • 2019. Complementing and Correcting Representative Institutions? When and How to Use Mini-Publics. (mit Jonathan Kuyper) In: European Journal of Political Research, 58 (2), S. 656-674.
  • 2018. Gentrification and Occupancy Rights. (mit Jakob Huber) In: Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 17 (4), S. 378-397.
  • 2017. The Crisis of Party Democracy, Cognitive Mobilization, and the Case for Making Parties More Deliberative. (mit Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti) In: American Political Science Review, 111 (1), S. 97-109.
  • 2016. A Deliberative Model of Intra-Party Democracy. In: Journal of Political Philosophy, 24 (3), S. 297-320.

Smaller writings, reviews, etc. (selection)

  • i.V. Political Parties and Constituent Power. In: Lucia Rubinelli/Markus Patberg/Peter Niesen (Hg.) The Oxford Handbook of Constituent Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • i.E. Equalising Political Competition. In: Alfred Moore/Samuel Bagg (Hg.): Democracy and Competition: Rethinking the Forms, Purposes, and Values of Competition in Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • i.E. Between ‘progressive realism’ and conservative internationalism: The transformation of Austrian and German Christian Democracy in the 1970s. In: Gary Love/Christian Egander Skov (Hg.): Conservatism, Christian Democracy, and the Dynamics of Political Transformation in North-West Europe, 1945-90. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • i.E. Revisiting Kelsen’s Party Constitutionalism. In: Sandrine Baume/David Ragazzoni (Hg.): Kelsen on Democracy: Genesis, Theory, Legacies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • i.E. Revisiting the Constructivist Turn in Political Representation. In: European Journal of Political Theory.
  • 2022. Rezension von Nadia Urbinati “Me the People: How Populism Transforms Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2019). In: Perspectives on Politics, 20 (2), S. 711-712.
  • 2022. Volkssouveränität und transnationale Parteien. In: Philipp Erbentraut/Oliver Eberl (Hg.): Volkssouveränität und Staatlichkeit. Intermediäre Organisationen und Räume der Selbstgesetzgebung. Baden-Baden: Nomos, S. 119-139.
  • 2020. Kommentar zu Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti, What is Christian Democracy? (Cambridge University Press, 2019). H-Diplo Roundtable XXII-17, verfügbar online unter:
  • 2020. „Critical Dialogue“ mit Cristina Lafont. In: Perspectives on Politics, 18 (4), S. 1162-1167.
  • 2019. Rezension von Frances McCall Rosenbluth/Ian Shapiro, “Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself” (Yale University Press, 2018). In: Constellations, 26 (4), S. 658-660.

Overview of all Publications: here