In 2000, Thomas Bräuninger completed his doctorate in Political Science at the University of Mannheim. In 2008 and 2009, he taught Political Science and International Relations at the University of Mainz and since 2009, he has been working as professor for Political Economy at the University of Mannheim. His research focuses, inter alia, on party competition and on political institutions.
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