Postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Political Science, in particular Political Theory
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
2016 until present, Political Science with a focus on political theory, Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg
Associate at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra
2018 until present
2018 until present, Political Theory, University of Hamburg
2015-2016 Political Theory, Institute of Political Science, University of Heidelberg
2014-2017 Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Heidelberg
PhD Thesis, Political Science • 2016 • University of Heidelberg, Germany
Thesis: „Prozeduren, Rechte, Demokratie – das legitimatorische Potential von Verfahren für politische Systeme.“
“The Normative Legitimacy of Democracies. On the Limits of Proceduralism.”
PhD awarded with the highest distinction (summa cum laude).
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Haus, PD Dr. Ulrich Thiele
Master of Arts, Philosophy and Political Science • 2012 • University of Heidelberg, Germany
Thesis: On the debate concerning the ontological status of qualitative mental states between Frank Jackson and David Lewis.
Master’s degree awarded with the highest distinction.
National University of Ireland, Galway • 2010
University of Wuppertal, Certificate in Ancient Greek • 2006
Theories of political legitimacy, theoretical and empirical research on deliberative systems, measurement of deliberative performance, political philosophy of liberalism, Kantianism, and proceduralism, political cultural research, the relationship between deliberative theory and post-structuralist thought.
“Prozeduren, Rechte, Demokratie. Das legitimatorische Potential von Verfahren für politische Systeme.”
Dannica Fleuß (2017). Available online: http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/volltextserver/23203/.
“Politische Theorie anwendungsbezogen lehren. Lehrende zwischen normativer Zurückhaltung und kritischer Stellungnahme”
Fleuß, Dannica (2018). Politische Vierteljahresschrift. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11615-018-0133-5
“Four Parameters for Measuring Democratic Deliberation: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges and How to Respond.”
Dannica Fleuß, Karoline Helbig, Gary S. Schaal (2018). In: Politics and Governance, 6(1), pp. 11-21.
“Die Wahrheit über Postfaktizität”
Gary S. Schaal, Dannica Fleuß, Sebastian Dumm (2017). In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 44-45/2017, pp. 31-38.
Working Papers and Blog contributions:
“Measuring the Embeddedness of Democratic Innovations and Representative Democracy with a Systemic Framework. The degree of transmissions as an indicator for the problem-solving potential of democratic innovations.”
Dannica Fleuß, Karoline Helbig (2018). Presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions 2018, University of Nicosia.
“Measuring Democracy in the Age of Digitalization. Theoretical Issues, Methodological Concerns, and Exemplary Solutions.”
Gary S. Schaal, Karoline Helbig, Dannica Fleuß (2017). Available online: https://ecpr.eu/Events/PaperDetails.aspx?PaperID=37051&EventID=96)
“Gemeinsames Gedankenexperimentieren in der Hochschullehre.“
Dannica Fleuß (2017), blog article on teaching political theory at university level. Available online: http://www.hochschullehre-politik.de/2017/06/19/gemeinsames-gedankenexperimentieren-in-der-hochschullehre/
“Civic Virtue in Participatory Spaces: Reappraising Citizenship after the “Systemic Turn“,
International Conference of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group, PSA: “Participatory Spaces in Perspective”, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, September 5-7, 2018. (with William Smith, Chinese University of Hongkong)
Presentations and Guest lectures:
„Politische Theorie praxisnah lehren: im Spannungsfeld von politischer Neutralität und normativer Positionierung“. [Teaching Normative Political Theory at the University Level: How to Balance Normative Modesty and Adopting Political Positions] Presentation, Panell “Demokratie als Norm? Perspektiven für die politikwissenschaftliche Hochschullehre und die politische Bildung“, organized by Sektion Politikwissenschaft und Politische Bildung / AK Hochschullehre (DVPW), Scientific Congress „Grenzen der Demokratie / Frontiers of Democracy“, University of Frankfurt, September 25-28, 2018.
“Dystopia, Utopia, Realism? Epistemological Challenges of Evaluating Democratic Quality in a Digitalized World and How to Address Them.” Presentation at the annual Internet, Politics, Policy-Conference, University of Oxford, September 20th, 2018. (with Gary S. Schaal)
“Verfahren, Rechte, Demokratie. Grenzen prozeduralistischer Legitimitätskonzeptionen“. [Procedures, Rights, Democracy. On the Limits of Proceduralism] Presentation, Berlin Social Science Center, Research Unit „Democracy and Democratization“, September 11th, 2018.
“Empathy, Experience, and Citizen Virtues: Opening the Black Box for Systemic Deliberative Theory with Liberal Irony?” Paper presented at the International Conference of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group, PSA: “Participatory Spaces in Perspective”, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, September 5-7, 2018.
“The Embeddedness of Deliberative Procedures – Addressing Deliberation and Its Impacts with a Systemic Framework“. Presentation, Expert Workshop on Deliberation & Multi-Stakeholder Platforms. Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, September 5th, 2018.
„An Integrated Research Framework for the Analysis of Understandings of Democracy“. Presentation, Writer´s Conference at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin,
organized by the DVPW-Working Group Democracy Research. Measuring Understanding of Democracy:Discussing Solutions for Methodological Fallacies August 20-21, 2018. (with Gary S. Schaal, Christoph Deppe, Fränze Wilhelm & Kelly Lancaster)
Inauthentic Political Communication: The Case of Post-Truth Statements. A Framework for Categorizing Hazy Concepts and Evaluating Contemporary Political Developments.
ECPR General Conference 2018, University of Hamburg, August 23rd, 2018.
Arguing for Deliberation without Ultimate Justification: Why We Should Decide to Be Deliberative Democrats.
Seminar Session, Institute for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, August 14th, 2018.
„The Integrity of Deliberative Procedures – A Research Agenda for Measuring Deliberative Quality with a Systemic Framework”,
IPSA World Congress 2018, Brisbane, July 22nd, 2018.
“Assessing the Embeddedness of Democratic Innovations with a Systemic Framework. A Measurement Approach for Transmissions”, Centre for Deliberative Democracy, University of Canberra, Methods Workshop “Assessing Deliberation”, July 18th, 2018.
“Stability, Legitimacy, and Support for Political Systems in Multicultural Societies. Approaching the Ptolemaic Dynasty.“ (German title: “Stabilität, Legitimität und Anerkennung politischer Herrschaft in multikulturellen Kontexten. Das Beispiel der ptolemäischen Dynastie.“ Presentation given at the University of Thessaloniki (Interdisciplinary conference funded by DAAD), June 1st 2018. (With Simeon Tzonev)
“Assessing the Embeddedness of Democratic Innovations with a Systemic Framework. A Measurement Approach for Transmissions”
ECPR Joint Sessions in Nicosia, April 14th,, 2018. (with Karoline Helbig).
“Communicative Power and Security Challenges Posed by Digitalization”
(German Title: “Projektion von Kommunikationsmacht. Sicherheitspolitische Herausforderungen forcierter Digitalisierung”) – Führungsakademie (Bundeswehr Command and Staff College), Hamburg, March 13th, 2018. (with Gary S. Schaal).
“Normativity in Teaching Political Science”
(German Title: “Normativität in der Hochschullehre”) – Annual Conference “Themengruppe Hochschullehre”, German Association for Political Science (DVPW), University of Hamburg, February 26th, 2018.
“Citizen Epistemology and Citizen Support in Complex Societies”
(German Title: “Die epistemische Situation der Bürger unter Bedingungen der Komplexität und ihre Unterstützung der liberalen Demokratie – zwei demokratietheoretische Perspektiven”) – University of Heidelberg, November 16th, 2017.
“Measuring Democracy in the Age of Digitalization”
ECPR General Conference 2017 in Oslo, September 7th, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal, Karoline Helbig).
“Measuring Democratic Deliberation. Theoretical Challenges and Methodological Pitfalls”
University of Zürich/NCCR Democracy, June 1st, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal, Karoline Helbig).
“Political Culture’s Impact on Democratic Quality – The Political Elite’s Perspective”
(German Title: “Der Beitrag der Politischen Kultur für das Funktionieren demokratischer Systeme aus der Sicht politischer Eliten – ein diskursanalytischer Ansatz”) — Conference „Politische Kulturforschung reloaded“ (German Association for Political Science, AK Political Culture), University of Wuppertal, April 5th, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal).
“Thought Experiments in the Lecture Hall”
(German Title: “Kollaboratives Gedankenexperimentieren im Hörsaal”) — Annual Conference Themengruppe Hochschullehre, German Association for Political Science (DVPW), RWTH Aachen, March 10th, 2017.
“‘Politics of Emotions’ – One Answer to the Current Crisis of Democratic Disengagement?”
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin — Colloquium Center for the History of Emotions, January 24th, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal).
“Trust, Multitude, and the Public”
(German Title: “Vertrauen, Multitude und das Ende der allgemeinen Öffentlichkeit”) — Conference Demokratie Revisited. Theorien — Befunde — Perspektiven“, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing am Starnberger See, October 30th, 2016. (with Gary S. Schaal).
Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of Measuring Democratic Performance
Research Seminar on Measuring Democratic Performance
Theories of Political Legitimacy
Social Contract Theories
History of Political Ideas
Theory and Practice of Human Rights
Scientific Writing Workshop
Kantian Political and Ethical Theory
Introduction to Utilitarianism
Fundamentals of Political Theory
Thomas Hobbes’ “Leviathan”
Jürgen Habermas’ Discourse Ethics
Fundamentals of Political Science
Contemporary Political Theory
Contractualist Political Theory
Philosophy of Mind
Theories of Parliamentarianism
Ancient and Medieval Political Theory
Measuring macro level deliberation with a systemic framework:
Democratic deliberation is not only relevant for democratic theorists. Increasingly, measures of democracy try to integrate this fluid and emergent phenomenon and attempt to examine the deliberative performance of states. Up until now, there have been but few approaches that assess not only the quality within deliberative fora, but also the connection between them and their integration in the political system as a whole. On the basis of the deliberative systems approach, Dannica Fleuß, Karoline Helbig, and Gary Schaal developed four “parameters” for the measurement of deliberation at the macro level.
Challenges for Liberal Democracies in Complex Societies and “Alternative Political Virtues” (Habilitation/Book Project):
The research project addresses the reasons for the decline in democratic quality in the context of increasing political and social complexity and develops strategies to cope with the respective political challenges. It argues that social and political complexity is a major context variable for explaining the erosion of citizen support for democratic regimes. To understand the erosion of democratic support in complex societies, it is crucial to take into consideration the “epistemic situation” citizens are in, i.e. the degree to which citizens are able to understand relevant circumstances, facts, and causalities.
Accordingly, the project consists of a combination of approaches from democracy theory and political cultural research: The relationship between citizens’ support for democracy and democratic quality is established by employing concepts of political cultural research. The relationship between citizens’ epistemic situation and democracy support is conceptualized with the help of concepts developed by theories of democracy. The strategy proposed to address current democratic deficits develops a concept of political virtues that supplements and expands contemporary theories of democracy by including the empirical findings of the project.
Research Assistant, Research Project “Wie Zentral ist die Mitte? Mittelschichtsdiskurse und wohlfahrtsstaatlicher Politikwandel im internationalen Vergleich“
(Funding DFG, directed by Prof. Michael Haus)
Research Assistant, Research Project “Regulation and Self-Regulation”
(Field of Focus 4 at the University of Heidelberg).
Research Assistant, Research Project “Problemdiskurse in Städten”
(Funding DFG, directed by Prof. Michael Haus).
Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Project “Human Dignity”
(Institute for Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg).
Letzte Änderung: 12. November 2018