Micha Germann

Prize Fellow

University of Bath


I am a Prize Fellow in Political Science at the University of Bath.

Much of my research focuses on ethnic conflict and political behavior. In recent work I have I explored the causes of conflicts over territorial self-determination and when and why such conflicts escalate from nonviolence to violence and civil war. Moreover, I have a strong interest in digital democratic innovations, such as Internet voting or Voting Advice Applications, and how they affect political behavior including electoral turnout.

My work has appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Electoral Studies, and other outlets.


  • Ethnic Conflict and Civil War
  • Political Behavior
  • Digital Democracy
  • Democratic Decision-Making Mechanisms


  • PhD in Political Science, 2017

    ETH Zurich

  • MA in Social Sciences, 2012

    University of Zurich

  • BA in Social Sciences, 2009

    University of Zurich


(2015). Who Are the Internet Voters?. In: Efthimios Tambouris et al. (eds.), Electronic Government and Electronic Participation, pp. 27-41. Amsterdam: IOS Press.


(2015). Fifteen Years of Internet Voting in Switzerland: History, Governance and Use. In: Luis Terán and Andreas Meier (eds.), ICEDEG 2015: Second International Conference on eDemocracy & eGovernment, Quito, Ecuador, 8–10 April 2015, pp. 126-132. New York, NY: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


(2014). Internet Voting for Expatriates: The Swiss Case. JeDEM - eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government 6(2):197-215.

PDF DOI Replication

(2014). Five Years of Internet Voting for Swiss Expatriates. In: Peter Parycek and Noella Edelmann (eds.), CeDEM 14. Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government. 21–23 May 2014, Danube University Krems, Austria, pp. 127–140. Krems: Danube University Krems.


(2013). Outcomes of Constitution-Making: Democratization and Conflict Resolution. In: Jonathan Wheatley and Fernando Mendez (eds.), Patterns of Constitutional Design: The Role of Citizens and Elites in Constitution-Making, pp. 49-66. London: Ashgate/Routledge.


Work in Progress

Pax Populi? On the Conflict Resolution Potential of Self-Determination Referendums

Under what conditions can autonomy and secession referendums contribute to the peaceful resolution of separatist conflicts?

Revisiting Spatial Voting Models with Big Data

Does proximity or directional voting theory better approximate voter preferences?

Making Votes Count with Internet Voting

Did Internet voting reduce the number of residual (invalid) votes in Geneva canton, Switzerland?

Political Exclusion, Lost Autonomy, and Escalating Conflict over Self-Determination

Can ethnic grievances explain why nonviolent separatist conflicts escalate to violence and civil war?

Data Sets


A new data set on self-determination movements around the world, 1945-2012

Contested Sovereignty

A new data set on sovereignty referendums, 1776-2012