Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting is holding the chair for Local and regional politics at the Department of Political Science at the University of Muenster (Germany). From 2006 to 2011 he was holding the “Willy Brandt Chair on transformation and regional integration” at the Department of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch. He was a fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Marburg. He was visiting Professor at the University of Koblenz-Landau and the University of Kassel. He is acting chair of International Political Science Association’s (IPSA) Research Committee 10 on „Electronic democracy” and member of the Board in Research Committee 5 on „Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics”.
He has edited books on “Electronic democracy” (BB: IPSA series); “Local Governance reform in global perspective” (Wiesbaden: VS URI), “Electronic voting and democracy”(London: Palgrave), “Poverty and democracy. ”(London: Zed), “Democratization and political culture in comparative perspective” (Wiesbaden: VS) etc.. His research focuses on comparative political science and on modern instruments to promote political participation and discourse, local politics, parliamentarism and e-democracy (Norbert.Kersting@uni-muenster.de).