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Pascal D. König

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

Residency Dates: September 20, 2021 – June 30, 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.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • 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, P.D. and Wenzelburger, G. (2021). 'When politicization stops algorithms in criminal justice.' British Journal Of Criminology, 61.

Krafft, T.D., Zweig, K.A. and König, P.D. (2020). 'How to regulate algorithmic decision‐making: A framework of regulatory requirements for different applications.' Regulation & Governance.

König, P.D. and Wenzelburger, G. (2020). 'Opportunity for renewal or disruptive force? How artificial intelligence alters democratic politics.' Government Information Quarterly, 37(3), p.101489.

CES Award