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Philipp Erbentraut

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2018-2019


Philipp Erbentraut

Philipp Erbentraut is a lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt. His primary research interests lie in comparative politics, the history of democracy, political sociology, and the history of political thought in Germany and Great Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries. Erbentraut received his Ph.D. in philosophy at Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf in 2015.

At CES, Erbentraut’s project will focus on the political party theories of Russian political scientist Moisei Ostrogorski (1854-1921). Ostrogorski criticized the undemocratic tendencies of party organizations in the United States and Great Britain and called for the replacement of parties by spontaneous ad hoc alliances. The project is intended to demonstrate how Ostrogorski’s theories can be applied to today’s debates on the crisis of party democracy.

Erbentraut’s dissertation “Theory and sociology of political parties in Germany 1815-1848” argued for a revision of the concept of political parties during the German pre-March era. It was awarded the Young Scholars’ Award by the German Political Science Association (DVPW) and the Wilhelm Liebknecht Award by the City University of Gießen.

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


  • Research Assistant for Political Sociology and Theory of the State, Institute for Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University


  • Philipp Erbentraut, Ulrich von Alemann and Jens Walther. The party system of the Federal Republic of Germany: An Introduction. (Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2018.)
  • Philipp Erbentraut. Theory and sociology of political parties during the German pre-March era 1815-1848.” (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck Verlag, 2016.)
  • Philipp Erbentraut. Popular sovereignty – an obsolete concept? (Marburg: Tectum Verlag, 2009.)

Research Project

Politics without parties? Moisei Ostrogorski and the crisis of party democracy


Political Science