I am a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Zurich (Switzerland). I hold a Diploma in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cologne (Germany). In my research I mainly focuss on the effect of different mobilization strategies of political parties – in particular clientelism and populism – on the quality of democratic governance in Latin America.
News – Blog Posts
- “Do populist presidents allways pose a threat to liberal democratic institutions?” – at presidential-power.com
- Double interview on Populism in Latin America – at populismobserver.com
News – Just Published
- Bolleyer, Nicole and Saskia P. Ruth (forthcoming): Elite Investments in Party Institutionalization in New Democracies: A Two-Dimensional Approach, in The Journal of Politics.
- Huber, Robert and Saskia P. Ruth (2017): Mind the Gap! Populism, Participation and Representation in Europe, early view in Swiss Political Science Review.
- Ruth, Saskia P. (2017): Populism and the Erosion of Horizontal Accountability in Latin America, online first in Political Studies.
- Ruth, Saskia P., Yanina Welp, and Laurence Whitehead (2017) (Eds.) “Let the People Rule? Direct Democracy in the Twenty-first Century”, Colchester: ECPR Press.
News – University of Zurich funds Gamification in Higher Education
In december 2016, Dr. Rebecca Welge and I have been awarded with the Lehrkredit of the University of Zurich – a competitive teaching grant- to further develop the innovative teaching method of the “instructed educational game for higher education”.
For more information see Gamification.
University of Zürich