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Raphael Heuwieser

 Raphael Heuwieser

Research topic:
Electoral rules and MPs' legislative behaviour

Academic Profile

As a doctoral student in Politics (DPhil), Raphael's current research examines determinants of legislative behaviour and MP-level party loyalty in European legislatures. In particular, he focuses on the most disaggregated component - the legislator - and uses original MP-level data and quantitative methods to explore how incentives for vote-seeking behaviour vary both at the MP-level and across electoral systems. For now, his main empirical focus rests on members of the German Bundestag and the UK House of Commons.

In the academic year 2015/16, Raphael was also a Lecturer in Politics (Non-Stipendiary) at Hertford College, Oxford, where he taught PPE and HP undergraduates of all years in courses under the Comparative Politics module (see below), and acted as an interviewer in the undergraduate admissions process.

After completing his secondary education in South Africa, he studied Politics and French Literature in his native Germany and in Québec (BA) before coming to Oxford (Merton College) in 2011 for the two-year MPhil in European Politics and a subsequent DPhil in Politics (Mansfield College). From January to June 2015, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Government, Harvard University.


Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Legislative voting behaviour and party unity; electoral rules; biographical backgrounds of MPs; German Bundestag; Westminster; comparative legislative studies; quantitative methods


Teaching experience:

Lecturer in Politics (Non-Stipendiary) >, Hertford College, Oxford; 2015-16:  

  • PPE courses: Politics Prelims (Practice of Politics); 201 Comparative Government; 206 Politics in Europe
  • Interviewer in PPE and HP undergraduate admissions (Politics)

Tutorial teaching for PPE final year undergraduates at Oxford (course: Politics in Europe); 2014.

Graduate Mentor in Politics, Merton College, Oxford; since Oct 2014.



  • Jan. - June 2015: Visiting Fellowship, Department of Government, Harvard University
  • since 2014: Doctoral Scholarship, Studienstiftung des dt. Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)
  • 2013-2015: Elfan-Rees Scholar (by Mansfield College and Dept. of Politics and Int. Relations, Oxford)
  • 2012-2013: Scholarship for Graduates, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
  • 2012-2013: Departmental Studentship, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford
  • 2008-2013: Scholarship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation)



Raphael J. Heuwieser (2017). Submissive Lobby Fodder or Assertive Political Actors? Party Loyalty of Career Politicians in the UK House of Commons, 2005-2015, Accepted, Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Raphael J. Heuwieser (2017). Want an Independent-minded MP? Vote for a Career Politician. The New Statesman, 16 August 2017 [link].

Raphael J. Heuwieser (2015). Representing the People: A Survey Among Members of Statewide and Substate Parliaments, West European Politics, 38 (6), [link] (Book Review).

Raphael J. Heuwieser (2015). MP Expenses and their Assessment in the Media: Towards a More Informed Analysis. Oxford Politics Blog, 3 December [link].

  • The article has been picked up on and re-published by Democratic Audit UK [link]



Conference Papers and Presentations

Working Papers:

  • Electoral Rules and MP Vote-Seeking Behaviour: A Within-System Cross-Country Approach. Evidence from the Bundestag and the UK House of Commons, 2005-2015.
  • Comparing Expenses of British MPs: A New Methodology.
  • Party Loyalty and MP Career Backgrounds: Micro-Level Evidence from the Bundestag, 2005-2012


Presentations at international conferences:

APSA Annual Meeting 2016, Philadelphia

ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments, General Conference 2016, Munich

Comparative Perspectives on Electoral Behaviour, organised by the Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, 2015, Rome

MPSA Annual Conference 2015, Chicago

APSA Annual Meeting 2014, Washington, DC

IPSA World Congress of Political Science 2014, Montréal

EPSA General Conference 2014, Edinburgh

ECPR General Conference at 2013, Scienes Po Bordeaux


Oxford-based presentations:

Politics Research Colloquium, November 2016, Department of Politics and International Relations

Nuffield Politics Graduate Student Conference, May 2016, Nuffield College, Oxford

Nuffield Graduate Research Seminar, June 2015, Nuffield College, Oxford