Felix Butzlaff is Postdoctoral Fellow at CEU's Department of Public Policy since 2023. After studying political science, economics, and international law at Georg August University in Goettingen and Universidad de Chile in Santiago, he earned his doctoral degree at the Institute for Democracy Research at Georg August University in Goettingen. Before joining CEU, he was a postdoc at the Institute for Social Change and Sustainability at the Vienna University of Economics in Business.
In his research, he is focused on how democracies evolve and especially how institutions and participatory expectations of citizens interact. In his PhD, he focused on protest initiatives of citizens that sought political influence beyond established actors such as political parties. In his further research, he works on how structures and organizations of social movements and political parties seek to adapt to citizens' changing demands to be engaged and incorporated democratically.
At the department, Felix is involved in the EU Horizon project Brridge, which connects four European universities in a new network to strengthen democracy research.
He has published and edited several books and has authored articles and edited special issues in international journals such as Democratization, Political Studies Review, Political Research Exchange, the European Journal of Social Theory, or Critical Policy Studies. Also, he is currently one of the convenors of ECPR's Standing group on participation and mobilization.