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Georg Lutz

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Prof. Dr.
Office 5630
+41 (0)21 692 37 38
Languages: German, French, English


Georg Lutz is FORS Director since 2016 and professor of political science at the University of Lausanne. Between 2008 and 2016 he was project director of the Swiss election study SELECTS. He studied political science and history at the Universities of Berne, Geneva and the Trinity College Dublin and completed his PhD at the University of Bern in 2004.


Georg Lutz focuses on political behaviour with special interest on voting behavior and electoral participation, political institutions, especially electoral systems as well as Swiss politics and survey research methods. He teaches political behavior and survey methodology at the University of Lausanne and is member of the scientific council of the Masters Program on “Public Opinion and Survey Methodology”.

Georg Lutz is also project director of VOTO, the survey series after each federal popular vote in Switzerland. He is member of the General Assembly of the European Social Survey (ESS) and CESSDA, as well as member of the planning and the steering committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the Comparative Candidate Survey (CSS).



Lutz, Georg, and Florence Lebert. 2017. VOTO-Studie zur eidgenössischen Volksabstimmung vom 27. November 2016. FORS, ZDA, LINK: Lausanne/Aarau/Luzern.


Lutz, Georg. 2016. Eidgenössische Wahlen 2015. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid. Lausanne: Selects- FORS. (also available in French and Italian)

Lipps, Oliver, and Georg Lutz. 2016. Gender of Interviewer Effects in a Multi-Topic Centralized CATI Panel Survey. Methods, Data, Analyses. doi:10.12758/mda.2016.009.


Selb, Peter, and Georg Lutz. 2015. Lone Fighters: Intraparty Competition, Interparty Competition, and Candidates’ Vote Seeking Efforts in Open-Ballot PR Election. Electoral Studies 39, 329-337.

Kissau, Kathrin, Georg Lutz, and Jan Rosset. 2015. Representation of Political Opinions: Is the Structuring Pattern of Policy Preferences the Same For Citizens and Elites? In Marc Bühlmann and Jan Fivaz (eds). Political Representation – New Insights into Old Questions. Routledge.


Lutz, Georg, Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen, and Romain Lachat. eds., 2014. The 2011 Swiss Election, Special issue of the Swiss Political Science Review, Issue 20(4).

Lutz, Georg and Peter Selb (2014). Eidgenössische Wahlen. In: Knöpfel, Peter (eds.). Handbuch Schweizer Politik. Zürich: NZZ Verlag, 465-496.


Lutz Georg, Thomas De Rocchi, and Nicolas Pekari. 2013. The Swiss 2011 Rolling Cross-Section Study: design, field work and data quality. FORS Working paper series.



Lutz, Georg. 2012. Eidgenössische Wahlen 2011. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid. Lausanne: Selects- FORS. (also available in French and Italian)

Lutz, Georg. 2012. The 2011 Swiss Federal Elections: Right-wing Defeat and Increased Fractionalisation. West European Politics, 35(3), 682-693.

Kissau, Kathrin, Georg Lutz, and Jan Rosset. 2012. Unequal Representation of Age Groups in Switzerland. Representation, 48(1), 63-81.

Lutz, Georg. 2012. Switzerland: Citizens’ initiatives as a measure to control the political agenda. In Maija Setälä and Theo Schiller (eds.) Citizens’ initiatives in Europe, New York: Palgrave, 17-36.


Lutz, Georg. 2011. Open Ballot. In Josep M. Colomer (ed.), Personal Representation: The neglected dimension of electoral systems. ECPR Press, 153-174.

Schwarz, Daniel, Andre Bächtiger, and Georg Lutz. 2011. Switzerland: Agenda-Setting Power of Government in a Separation-of-Powers Framework. In: Bjørn Erik Rasch/ George Tsebelis (eds), The Role of Government in Legislative Agenda-Setting. Routledge Chapman & Hall, 127-143.


Lutz, Georg, Thomas Milic, and Marco Steenbergen. eds., 2010. The Swiss national election 2007. Special issue of the Swiss Political Science Review, Issue 16(3).

Lutz, Georg. 2010. The electoral success of beauties and beast. Swiss Political Science Review, 16(3), 457-480.

Lutz, Georg. 2010. Introduction: The Swiss National Elections 2007. Swiss Political Science Review, 16(3), 335-341.

Lutz, Georg. 2010. First come, first served: the effect of ballot position on electoral success in open list PR elections. Representation, 46(2), 167-181.

Lutz, Georg, and Oliver Lipps. 2010. How Answers on Political Attitudes are Shaped by Interviewers: Evidence from a Panel Survey. Swiss Sociological Review, 36 (2), 345-358.


Lutz, Georg. 2009. Väter und ihre Kinder: Erklärungsmuster intergenerationeller Stabilität bei der Wahlentscheidung. In Fritz Sager (et. al). Festschrift Wolf Linder, 185-206.


Lutz, Georg. 2008. Eidgenössische Wahlen 2007. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid. Lausanne: Selects- FORS. (also available in French and Italian)


Lutz, Georg, and Michael Marsh. eds., 2007. Low turnout – does it matter?  Special issue of Electoral Studies, Issue 26(3).

Lutz, Georg, and Michael Marsh. 2007. Introduction: The consequence of low turnout for parties and policies. Electoral Studies , 26 (3), 539-547.

Lutz, Georg. 2007. The consequences of low turnout in direct democracy. Electoral Studies , 26 (3), 612-623.

Lutz, Georg, and Peter Selb. 2007. The national elections in Switzerland. In: Pascal Sciarini Handbuch Schweizer Politik. Zürich: NZZ Verlag, 405-434.


Lutz, Georg. 2006. Participation, Information and Democracy. The Consequences of Low Levels of Participation and Information for the Functioning of Democracy. Hamburg: Lit-Verlag.

Lutz, Georg. 2006. Party potentials and the pattern of electoral competition, Swiss Political Science Review, 12(4), 191-215.

Lutz, Georg. 2006. The Interaction between representative and direct democracy in Switzerland. Representation, 42(1), 45-57.

Lutz, Georg, Markus Müller, and Reto Feller. 2006. Nachzählung bei knappen Wahl- und Abstimmungsergebnissen – Überhöhte Erwartungen? Allgemeine juristische Praxis , 15(12), 1517-1534.

2004 and before

Lutz, Georg. 2004. Switzerland. Electoral Reform from below: The introduction of Proportional Representation in Switzerland 1918. In: Josep M. Colomer (ed.) The handbook of electoral system design. London/New York: Palgrave, 279-293.

Lutz, Georg. 2003. Mobilisierung als Schlüsselfaktor für den Wahlerfolg? in: Sciarini, Pascal/ Hardmeier, Sibylle/Vatter, Adrian (Hrsg.), Schweizer Wahlen 1999, Swiss Electoral Studies Bd. 5. Bern/Stuttgart/Wien: Paul Haupt Verlag,

Lutz, Georg. 2001. Alter und Wahlverhalten bei den Nationalratswahlen 1999, erschienen als Spezialbeitrag im Statistischen Jahrbuch der Schweiz  2001, Zürich: NZZ-Verlag, .

Lutz, Georg and Dirk Strohmann. 1998. Wahl- und Abstimmungsrecht in den Kantonen, Bern: Paul Haupt Verlag.