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Welcome to my website! My name is Swen Hutter, and I am interested in the changing dynamics and structuration of political conflict in contemporary democracies. In particular, I am interested in how social movements and political parties interact in articulating and mobilizing new societal divides. I have the pleasure of teaching political sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and being Director of the Center for Civil Society Research, a joint initiative of Freie Universität and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

On this website, you will find information on my current projects, publications, and my institutional affiliations.


Under Pressure: Polarisation and Participation in Western Europe

Guest-Editorship with Endre Borbáth and Arndt Leininger

West European Politics


How Social Capital Matters for Receiving Social Support: On the Complementary Role of Civil Society in the Covid-19 Pandemic


with Gesine Hoeltmann and Jule Specht in European Societies


The Mobilisation Potential of Anti-Containment Protests in Germany

Article with Sophia Hunger and Eylem Kanol in
West European Politics


Civil Society, Social Movements, and the Polarisation of German Politics

Introduction to Special Issue of
German Politics

with Manès Weisskircher


More Stress, Less Voice? The Gender Gap in Political Participation during the COVID-19 Crisis


with Roxana Burciu in European Journal of Politics and Gender


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