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Prof. Dr. Michael Bechtel

Cluster position Investigator

Cluster member since 2022

Research Areas

Main research topics

Comparative & International Political Economy, Climate Politics, Political Behavior


Michael Bechtel is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Political Science and European Affairs and a faculty member at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) at the University of Cologne. He investigates how countries can address economic and environmental risks that tend to require redistribution. Current projects focus on the drivers of mass support for global climate action and the impact of economic crises and natural disasters on elections. Previously, Bechtel held faculty positions at Washington University in St. Louis and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He received his habilitation from ETH Zurich in 2012 and completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Konstanz in 2008.


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