On this page you find information on my publications and current working papers.

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 Articles (* peer-reviewed)

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.

Current Projects

Submitted for Review

  • Arnold, Christian / Benjamin G. Engst / Thomas Gschwend. “Scaling Lower Court Decisions.” Revise and resubmit.
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Current Working Papers 

  • Engst, Benjamin G. / David M. Grundmanns / Thomas Gschwend. “Judicial Positions on Political Reform: Designing common policy scores from judicial text.”
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  • Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend. “Observational Databases.” In: Lee Epstein, Gunnar Grendstad, Urks ̆a S ̆adl, and Keren Weinshall (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Judicial Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Under Contract.
  • Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend. “Attitudes on Judicial Independence. A Discrete Choice Experiment in Nine European Countries.”
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  • Engst, Benjamin G. / Thomas Gschwend / Christoph Hönnige / Caroline E. Wittig. “The Constitutional Court Database: Conceptualizing a relational database.”
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Public Scholarship (Selection)