Felix Hartmann

Felix Hartmann

Research Fellow
Department of Social Science
Humboldt University of Berlin

Curriculum Vitae

I am a researcher at the Chair of Comparative Political Behavior at the Department of Social Sciences at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. My research is broadly focused on Comparative Politics and Political Economy in low and high income democracies. Especially, I am interested in how voters evaluate the performance and qualities of politicians, under which conditions politicians perform well, and how this influences political accountability and electoral selection.

My work employs a causal mixed-method approach: grounded in the potential outcome framework, I use evidence from experimental, observational and qualitative data.


  1. Economic Downturns and the Greek Referendum of 2015: Evidence using Night-Time Light Data 2020. (with Georgios Xezonakis). European Union Politics, 21 (3): 361-382. Replication Data, Online Appendix, [Abstract]  

Working papers

  1. The Politics of Implementation: Public Goods Provision and Incumbent Voting. Working Paper [Abstract]  
  2. Do Voters Reward Relief Over Prevention? Evidence from Preferences for Disaster Policies. Working Paper [Abstract]  
  3. What Incentives Can Spur Covid-19 Vaccination Uptake? (with Heike Klüver, Macartan Humphreys, Ferdinand Geißler, Johannes Giesecke) OSF Preprints [Abstract]  
  4. Compromise under Pressure: The Positive Effects of Divided Government. Working Paper  

Ongoing work

  1. Solidarity and Performance Voting: Evidence from the COVID-19 vaccination programme. (with Heike Klüver, Macartan Humphreys, Ferdinand Geissler, Johannes Giesecke)
  2. Corrupt Business Cycles. with Nico Ravanilla


    The Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) Malawi Truncated Dataset. (w)ith Lust, Ellen, Adam Harris, Kristen Kao, Pierre F. Landry, Boniface Dulani, Atusaye Zgambo, Asiyati Chiweza, Happy Kayuni, Ragnhild L. Muriaas, Lise Rakner, Vibeke Wang, Lindsay Benstead, and Sebastian Nickel) Program on Governance and Local Development 2017.

    The QoG Expert Survey Dataset II. (with Dahlström, Carl, Jan Teorell, Stefan Dahlberg, Annika Lindberg, and Marina Nistotskaya) The Quality of Government Institute 2015.