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Carsten Q. Schneider

Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and Int
Central European University


Carsten Q. Schneider is Professor at the Political Science Department. Prior to joining CEU in 2004, he obtained his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. His research focuses on regime transitions, the consolidation and quality of democracies. He is also working in the field of comparative methodology, especially on set-theoretic methods, in particular Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and its fuzzy set extension. His book "Set-Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences", co-authored with Claudius Wagemann, appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2012. From 2009 - 2014, Schneider was an elected member of the Young Academy of Science in Germany ( and he spent the Academic Year 2009-2010 as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University ( As its Founding Director, Schneider led the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC) at CEU from 2008 to 2014.

Research Interest

Political Science.


  • Schneider CQ, Wagemann C. Assessing ESA on what it is designed for: A reply to Cooper and Glaesser. Field Methods. 2016;28(3):326-321.

  • Rohlfing I, Schneider CQ. A Unifying Framework for Causal Analysis in Set-Theoretic Multi-Method Research. Sociological Methods {&} Research. 2016;49(6):781-92.

  • Schneider CQ, Rohlfing I. Case Studies Nested in Fuzzy-set QCA on Sufficiency: Formalizing Case Selection and Causal Inference. Sociological Methods and Research. 2016;45(3):526-68.

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