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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Marc S Jacob

Marc S Jacob
Marc S Jacob
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Elections, organizations and institutions, Political parties, Quantitative Research, Comparative Political Behavior

Marc is a postgraduate research student focusing on electoral politics and political parties. Prior to his postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, he gained bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Study of Religions from Leipzig University. He then studied Political Science on a master’s level at Freie Universität Berlin. Marc holds a scholarship from the German National Scholarship Foundation.

Currently, Marc is working on party finance structures by quantitatively examining parties’ incomes and expenses (supervisor: Dr Ugur Ozdemir). In order to study how party organisations change over time, he applies matrix algebra and cluster analysis to categorise party finance types. Among his previous research projects has also been an analysis of electoral reform debates in Germany.

Throughout his studies, Marc worked as a research assistant and tutor at Leipzig University and Freie Universität Berlin, where he was assisting research groups in the field of comparative politics and political sociology.

Profile on ResearchGate


Träger, Hendrik, and Marc S. Jacob. 2018. “(How) Can the German electoral system be reformed? Model calculations of the 2017 federal election and a plea for a “de-personalized” representative electoral formula.” Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen (German Journal of Parliamentary Studies) 49 (3): 531-551 [in German, peer-reviewed, link].

Marc S. Jacob. 2017. “The Process of Establishing the Migrant’s Advisory Board of Leipzig, Germany (1996-2008). An Analysis of Success Factors.” In: SKLK Working Papers (1) [in German, link].

David Streit, and Marc S. Jacob. 2017. “Protest Behaviour of Students. A Qualitative Analysis of Student’s Participation in ‘NoLEGIDA’-Protests” [in German, link].

Conference papers

"What Do Parties’ Accounts Tell? A Spatial Approach to Study Party Finance Structures" (will be presented at PSA Annual International Conference 2019, EPSA Annual Conference 2019)

"Investigating Parties' Incomes and Expenses: A Spatial Approach to Party Finance" (will be presented at ECPR General Conference 2019)

Work in progress

"From Squaring the Circle to Electoral Reform? Negotiations on Electoral Law in the 19th German Bundestag" (under review)

"Values, Opinions, and Choice. A Three-Stage Model of Political Behavior" (in preparation, with Ugur Ozdemir)

"Building Democracy and Institutional Trust: Evidence from Mongolia" (in preparation)