Here you can find information on my publications and current projects.

I am particularly interested in research on Comparative Political Behavior, Comparative Political Institutions and Computer-Assisted Text Analysis with a strong focus on Quantitative Methods and an emphasis on Judicial Politics in a cross-European comparison.


Journal Article

Clark, Tom S. / Benjamin G. Engst / Jeffrey K. Staton. 2019. “Estimating the Effect of Leisure on Judicial Performance. Journal of Legal Studies 47 (2): 349-390
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Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend / Nils Schaks / Sebastian Sternberg / Caroline E. Wittig. 2017. “Zum Einfluss der Parteinähe auf das Abstimmungsverhalten der Bundesverfassungsrichter. Eine quantitative Untersuchung.” [The Influence of Party Identification on Judicial Votes at the German Federal
Constitutional Court. A Quantitative Assessment.] JuristenZeitung 72 (17): 816-826.
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Sternberg, Sebastian / Thomas Gschwend / Caroline E. Wittig / Benjamin G. Engst. 2015. “Zum Einfluss der öffentlichen Meinung auf Entscheidungen des Bundesverfassungsgerichts. Eine Analyse von abstrakten Normenkontrollen sowie Bund-Länder-Streitigkeiten 1974 – 2010.” [On the Influence of Public Opinion on decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court. An Analysis of Abstract Judicial Reviews and Federal State Disputes 1974 – 2010] Politische Vierteljahresschrift 56 (4): 570-598.
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Chapters in Edited Volumes

Engst, Benjamin G. / Christoph Hönnige. 2018. Modern Times? Das Internet vor dem Bundesverfassungsgericht. [Modern Times? The Internet before the German Federal Constitutional Court.] InAndreas Busch, Yana Breindl, Tobias Jakobi (eds). Netzpolitik: Ein einführender Überblick. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften: 163-187.

Engst, Benjamin G. 2017. Die vierte Gesetzeslesung. Verfassungsgerichte des deutsch-österreichischen Modells als Vetospieler. [The ’Fourth Reading’. Constitutional Courts as Veto Players.] In: Roland Lhotta, Oliver Lembcke, Verena Frick (eds). Politik und Recht: Umrisse eines politikwissenschaftlichen Forschungsfeldes. Baden-Baden: Nomos: 281-301.

Public Scholarship

 Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend / Christoph Hönnige. 2016. “Zum Dilemma des Verfassungsgerichtszugangs kleiner Oppositionsparteien. Was sagen eigentlich die Zahlen?” Verfassungsblog.de (VerfBlog).


Current Projects

Submitted for Review

Engst, Benjamin G. / Sebastian Sternberg / Thomas Gschwend “Who reaches the Bench? Evaluation of Judicial Nominees for Constitutional Courts
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Book Project

Engst, Benjamin G. “The Two Faces of Judicial Power: The Dynamics of Judicial-Political Bargaining.”
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Ongoing Projects

Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend / Christoph Hönnige / Caroline E. Wittig. “The Constitutional Court Database: Conceptualizing a relational database.”
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Engst, Benjamin G. / David M. Grundmanns / Thomas Gschwend. “Judicial Positions on Political Reform: Designing common policy scores from judicial text.”
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Arnold, Christian / Benjamin G. Engst / Thomas Gschwend. “Scaling Lower Court Decisions.”
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Garwe, Christoph / Benjamin G. Engst / Yannick  Stawicki / Christoph Hönnige. “Turning the Clock: Legislative Timing as a Strategy in Bicameral Bargaining.”
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Bass, Leeann / Benjamin G. Engst. “Signaling in the Spotlight: Judicial Manipulation of Accountability.”
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