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Pascal D. König

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022


Pascal D. König

Pascal König is a researcher at TU Kaiserslautern. His research deals with the consequences of digital technology for democratic politics and governance. He is particularly interested in regulatory action as a response to increasingly widespread forms of data-based value creation. His research also studies how socio-technical developments challenge existing institutions and policies and lead to changes in the conflict space of party competition. König received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Freiburg in 2016.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), König will investigate the regulation of data-based value creation in the United States and the European Union. The aim of the project is to shed light on the co-evolution of policy ideas in these two settings and examine how they shape the development of an emerging data economy.


  • Research Assistant, TU Kaiserslautern
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Topic

Regulating the data economy: A United States-European Union comparison


Political Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital Policy
  • Algorithmic Decision-making Systems
  • Policy Communication
  • Party Competition


König, Pascal D, and Georg Wenzelburger. “When Politicization Stops Algorithms in Criminal Justice.” The British Journal of Criminology 61, no. 3 (2021): 832–51.

Krafft, Tobias D., Katharina A. Zweig, and Pascal D. König. “How to Regulate Algorithmic Decision‐Making: A Framework of Regulatory Requirements for Different Applications.” Regulation & Governance. 16, no. 1 (2020): 119–36.

König, Pascal D., and Georg Wenzelburger. “Opportunity for Renewal or Disruptive Force? How Artificial Intelligence Alters Democratic Politics.” Government Information Quarterly 37, no. 3 (2020).

Open Forum Working Paper

Growth Models and the Regulation of the Data Economy: The Case of the United Kingdom

“With data becoming an important economic asset … governments need to devise a suitable and coordinated approach to questions of data governance that determine which data may be extracted, processed, and used how and by whom.” – Pascal D. König

CES Award