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 My PhD research asks how and why parties speak about democracy and the political system.  While my primary interest is the salience and politicization of issues related to the political system, I also look at the differences in salience and politicization between different forms of communication, e.g. news reports on election campaigns, party manifestos, speeches and online communication.  I regularly present my work at conferences and workshops, for example at the EUI 2016 State of the Union Conference, the 2017 General Conference and Joint Sessions of the ECPR and in spring 2018 at the Manifesto Project Corpus Conference. 

Other Current Projects and Papers

Three manuscripts I have co-authored are currently in the peer-review process.  A paper on the effect of the Great Recession on Hungarian party competition in the elections in 2006, 2010 and 2014 (co-authored with Anna Kyriazi, chapter in an edited volume), a paper on Eastern Europeans’  changing conceptions of democracy between the 1990s and 2006 (co-authored with Endre Borbáth and Hanspeter Kriesi, under review as part of a special issue) and a paper on the influence of citizens’ left-right placement on protest behavior in Eastern and Western Europe (co-authored with Endre Borbáth, under review). A further manuscript about the salience of different issues in protests during the Great Recession with Julia Schulte-Cloos is under development as part of an edited volume.

Previous work

Gessler, Theresa. 2017. Invalid but not Inconsequential? The 2016  Migrant Quota Referendum in Hungary. East European Quarterly, Direct Democracy Notes ,45 (1-2), pp. 85-97.

Gessler, Theresa. 2017. “Book Review:  ‘The Hungarian Patient. Social Opposition to an Illiberal Democracy’, By Péter Krasztev & Jon Van Til (Eds).” Europe-Asia Studies 69 (3).

Gessler, Theresa. 2016. “Book Review: What is Populism? By Jan-Werner Müller” LSE Review of Books. Reposted on EUROPP  Blog and British Politics and Policy at LSE Blog.

Gessler, Theresa. 2015. “NGOs and the public sphere as targets of illiberal democracy in contemporary Hungary”, MA Thesis,  awarded the CEU Political Science Department’s ‘Best MA Thesis’ Award.