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Benjamin Engst

My name is Benjamin G. Engst and I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mannheim and a research associate in Comparative Politics at the Leibniz University of Hanover. In addition, I am involved in the research project "The Federal Constitutional Court as a Veto Player."

You can find my personal website www.benjamin-engst.de here.

My thesis is located in the area of Judicial Politics and developed under the advice of Prof. Thomas Gschwend, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Christoph Hönnige (Leibniz University of Hannover), Prof. Tom S. Clark, Ph.D. and Prof. Jeffrey K. Staton, Ph.D. (both Emory University). In my dissertation I take a broad view on "The Two Faces of Judicial Power: The Dynamics of Judicial-Legislative Bargaining" in countries with constitutional review. The first face is the explicit judicial power as a result of judicial decision-making. The second face is the implicit judicial power when political actors anticipate judicial review. Doing research on my dissertation I have been to Emory University supported through a Ph.D. Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Law and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mannheim. Furthermore, I spent my first year of graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

In my research I focus on Comparative Political Behavior and Comparative Political Institutions with a strong background in Quantitative Methods and an emphasis on Judicial Politics in cross-European comparison.


Tel: +49 511 762-3227

Email: bengst(at)rumms.uni-mannheim.de