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Pascal D. König
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Welcome to my website!

I work as a political scientist in the project “Deciding about, by, and together with algorithmic decision-making systems” at TU Kaiserslautern (Germany). I am currently on leave in Kaiserslautern as I am a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, for the academic year 2021/2022. There, I work on a project dealing with the regulation of an emerging data economy in a comparative perpective.

With my research and teaching, I want to contribute to a better understanding of the social and political consequences of digital change and particularly of data-based value creation. This also includes addressing ethical and regulatory questions, especially those arising with the use of algorithmic systems.

As I work at the intersection of comparative politics, policy studies and digital technologies, I am also interested in studying how political actors in different countries deal with the challenges tied to the digital transformation – and how politics ultimately shapes the ways in which digital technologies are adopted. In my research, I rely on a broad array of quantitative methods, from regression models, over structure-identifying techniques, to conjoint analysis.

My research has been published, among others, in Big Data & Society, British Journal of Criminology, European Communication Journal, European Political Science Review, European Sociological Review, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of European Public Policy, Party Politics, Regulation & Governance, Sustainable Cities and Society, and West European Politics.

You can discover more about my research areas by clicking here. Thank you for your interest.