Christopher Wratil

Assoz. Prof. Christopher Wratil, B.A. MPhil PhD

Rooseveltplatz 3
1090 Wien

T: +43-1-4277-49756

Associate Professor for Government at the Department of Government

Before joining the Department of Government, Christopher was Lecturer in European Politics at University College London. He has also held positions as John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and as Thyssen Postdoc Fellow at the Center for Comparative Politics, University of Cologne. He obtained his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Christopher's research interests are in democratic representation, political behavior and public opinion, with a special focus on politics in the European Union. His research studies how citizens form their political views towards and in response to democratic politics, and if, when, and how political elites adopt these views in their legislative behavior. Christopher is also interested in new advances in quantitative methods in the areas of survey experiments, text analysis, multivariate measurement, and time-series-cross-section analysis. For his work on government responsiveness in the Council of the EU he received a “Best Article Award” by the American Political Science Association in 2018.

You can find more information on Christopher's website and on Google Scholar.




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Wratil C, Wäckerle J, Proksch S-O. Government Rhetoric and the Representation of Public Opinion in International Negotiations. American Political Science Review. 2023 Aug 9;117(3):1105-1122. Epub 2022 Dec 9. doi: 10.1017/S0003055422001198

Duell D, Kaftan L, Proksch S-O, Slapin J, Wratil C. The rhyme and reason of rebel support: exploring European voters' attitudes toward dissident MPs. Political Science Research and Methods. 2023 Aug 9;1-17. Epub 2023 Aug 9. doi:

Castanho Silva B, Neuner FG, Wratil C. Populism and Candidate Support in the US: The Effects of “Thin” and “Host” Ideology. Journal of Experimental Political Science. 2023 Jun 16;10(3):438-447. Epub 2022 Jun 16. doi: 10.1017/XPS.2022.9

Duell D, Kaftan L, Slapin J, Proksch S-O, Wratil C. Communicating the Rift: Voter Perceptions of Intraparty Dissent in Parliaments. Journal of Politics. 2023 Jan 1;85(1):76-91. doi:

Wolkenstein F, Wratil C. Political Representation as Communicative Practice. Cambridge University Press, 2023. (Cambridge Elements in Political Communication).

Neuner FG, Wratil C. The Populist Marketplace: Unpacking the Role of “Thin” and “Thick” Ideology. Political Behavior. 2022 Jun;44(2):551-574. doi:

Franchino F, Kayser MA, Wratil C. Electoral Competitiveness and Responsiveness: Rational Anticipation in the EU Council. Journal of European Public Policy. 2021 Nov 3;29(1):42-60. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2021.1991986

Castanho Silva B (Author), Wratil C (Author). Voters can become more populist if parties don’t represent their views LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog. 2021.

Wolkenstein F, Wratil C. Multidimensional Representation. American Journal of Political Science. 2021 Oct;65(4):862-876. doi:

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Publications prior to position at University of Vienna:


2020 ‘Contestation and Responsiveness in EU Council Deliberations’, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 27:3, pp. 362-381. (with Sara B. Hobolt)

2019 ‘Public Deliberations in the Council of the European Union: Introducing and Validating the DICEU Approach’, in: European Union Politics, 20:3, pp. 511-533. (with Sara B. Hobolt)

2019 ‘Representing the Compromise: How Institutions Serve Government Support Coalitions in European Union Policy-Making’, in: European Journal of Political Research, 58:4, pp. 1129-1151. (with Fabio Franchino)

2019 ‘Testing the Validity of Automatic Speech Recognition for Political Text Analysis’, in: Political Analysis, 27:3, pp. 339-359. (with Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jens Wäckerle)

2019 ‘Territorial Representation and the Opinion-Policy Linkage: Evidence from the European Union’, in: American Journal of Political Science, 63:1, pp. 197-211.

2018 ‘Modes of Government Responsiveness in the European Union: Evidence from Council Negotiation Positions’, in: European Union Politics, 19:1, pp. 52-74.

2018 ‘Dodging the Bullet: How Crises Trigger Technocrat-Led Governments’, in: European Journal of Political Research, 57:2, pp. 450-72. (with Giulia Pastorella)

2017 ‘Government Responsiveness in the European Union: Evidence from Council Voting’, in: Comparative Political Studies, 50:6, pp. 850-67. (with Sara Hagemann and Sara B. Hobolt)