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Research Unit on

the Emergence of Collective Agency

RUECA stands for five third-party funded projects working together in a Research Unit on the Emergence of Collective Agency. RUECA is also the Spanish word for a tool used in spinning, that holds the fibers while they are combined by the spindle into one unified strand.

The DFG funded projects in this research unit focus on understanding the patterns and underlying mechanisms on the emergence of non-hierarchical collective agency.  The members of this research unit based at the universities of Bamberg, Bayreuth, and Darmstadt investigate the rarely examined phenomenon of horizontal collective agency theoretically and empirically, focusing on a wide range of such actors in political life, such as parliaments and their committees, international institutions, and policy networks.

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Rational Choice Explanations in Political Science

In this paper, we describe and assess how political scientists use rational choice theories to offer causal explanations. We observe that the ways (...)

Catherine Herfeld & Johannes Marx