Michael Güpner


Dissertation Project: "Functionality and Dysfunctionality of Borders."

Currently, borders and their functions are regularly discussed again. This is by no means limited to state borders; also municipal reorganizations or the EU external border determine political, social but also scientific debates. The focus is usually on legal, economic or sociological perspectives.

The dissertation project addresses the question to what extent the functionality and dysfunctionality of border demarcations can be operationalized from an explicitly political science perspective. For this purpose, in addition to an explorative approach, existing discipline-related functional catalogs will be adapted and tested by means of a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) with regard to the research interest.

Scientific and professional appointments

Since 06/2018 Research employee at the University of Erfurt, Chair of Political Education - esp. the German political system.

04/2017 to 03/2018 Adjunct lecturer, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Political Science, seminars in the areas of: Introduction to the political system of the FRG & Quantitative Methods.

09/2017 to 12/2017 Scientific project assistant, study: "Impact of the planned county reorganization on the municipal voluntary work in Brandenburg"

10/2015 to 03/2017 Research Assistant/Tutor, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Institute of Political Science.


10/2014 to 09/2017 Master studies at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, specialization area: The political system of the FRG

10/2011-09/2014 Bachelor studies at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Major: Political Science, Minor: Fundamental Economics

Research foci

- Functionality of borders from a political science perspective

- Local and state constitutions / municipal reorganizations

- Constitutional jurisdiction, esp. state constitutional courts

Publications/ Lectures (selection)

Lembcke, Oliver W./ Güpner, Michael (2018), Analyse der Landesverfassungsgerichtsbarkeit in vergleichender Absicht. A contribution to typologization and quantification, Zeitschrift für Landesverfassungsrecht und Landesverwaltungsrecht (ZLVR), issue 03/18, pp. 94-104.

10.06.2017: The German Constitutional Court - Trends and Ruptures, with Dr. Oliver W. Lembcke, Hungarian Political Science Association (Györ).

03/27/2017: The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany - Europe & the ECJ, with Dr. Oliver W. Lembcke, Jagiellonian University (Krakow).