Jana Birke Belschner


Researcher , TMF Starting Grant Fellow


Department of Comparative Politics


Jana Belschner is a Researcher at the Institute of Comparative Politics. Her research is positioned at the intersection of political behavior, political representation, and political economy. She researches how demography affects elections and policy, with a focus on youth's political participation and the political representation of young and future generations' interests. Jana has expertise in the empirical analysis of the causes and effects of electoral reforms, such as electoral quotas and youth enfranchisement, and has researched these topics across Western Europe and North Africa.

In 2023, Jana was awarded a Trond Mohn Starting Grant for the project "Representing the Future in an Aging Europe. The Politics of Demographic Change". The project will run from June 2024 to May 2028.


Recent Publications:

Belschner, Jana, Raimondas Ibenskas, and Florian Weiler (2024): When do voters reveal candidate gender preferences? Evidence from individual-level ballot data. European Journal of Political Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12679

Belschner, Jana (2024): Too Young to Win? Exploring the sources of age-related electoral disadvantage. Electoral Studies. Vol. 88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2024.102748.

Sipinen Josefina, Jana Belschner, and Brit Anlar (2024): Age gaps in political representation: Comparing local and national elections. Electoral Studies. Vol.88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2024.102763.

Belschner, Jana (2023) Youth Advantage Versus Gender Penalty: Selecting and Electing Young Candidates. Political Research Quarterly, 76(1), 90-106. https://doi.org/10.1177/10659129211072559.

Belschner, Jana. (2022) Electoral Engineering in New Democracies. Strong Quotas and Weak Parties in Tunisia. Government & Opposition,57(1), 108-125. https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2020.34 

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