Mads Thau

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Position Senior Research Fellow
Degree PhD
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Political scientist focusing on democratic politics and public administration and service delivery

Mads Thaus research interests cover democratic politics and public administration. His research focuses on political behavior, particularly opinion formation, party strategies, and mass-elite linkages. He is also interested in public administration, focusing on public service delivery, organizational learning, and citizens’ performance evaluations.

Thau received his PhD Aarhus University in 2018, and he previously worked at VIVE – The Danish Center for Social Science Research. His research has appeared in journals like Journal of Politics, Public Administration and Comparative Political Studies.

Tags: Welfare, Elections and Democracy, Civil Society, Media and the public sphere


  • Thau, Mads (2021). The Social Divisions of Politics: How Parties’ Group-Based Appeals Influence Social Group Differences in Vote Choice. Journal of Politics. doi: 10.1086/710018.
  • Robison, Joshua; Stubager, Rune; Thau, Mads & Tilley, James (2020). Does class-based campaigning work? How working class appeals attract and polarize voters. Comparative Political Studies. doi: 10.1177/0010414020957684.
  • Thau, Mads; Mikkelsen, Maria Falk; Hjortskov, Morten & Pedersen, Mogens Jin (2020). Question Order Bias Revisited: A Split-Ballot Experiment on Satisfaction with Public Services among Experienced and Professional Users. Public Administration. doi: 10.1111/padm.12688.
  • Thau, Mads (2019). How Political Parties Use Group-Based Appeals: Evidence from Britain 1964–2015. Political Studies. 67(1), p. 63–82. doi: 10.1177/0032321717744495.
  • Thau, Mads (2018). The Demobilization of Class Politics in Denmark: The Social Democratic Party’s Group-Based Appeals 1961–2004. World Political Science. 14(2), p. 169–188. doi: 10.1515/wps-2018-0011.
  • Thau, Mads (2017). Demobilisering af klassepolitik i Danmark: Socialdemokratiets gruppebaserede appeller 1961-2004 . Politica - Tidsskrift for politisk videnskab. 49(2), p. 158–178.
  • Tatham, Michael Robert & Thau, Mads (2014). The more the merrier: accounting for sub-state paradiplomats in Brussels. European Union Politics. 15(2), p. 255–276. doi: 10.1177/1465116513512539.

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  • Steen-Johnsen, Kari; Thau, Mads & Vaccari, Cristian (2022). The Road to Citizenship is through Dialogue: How Discussing Politics Reinforces Political Interest.
  • Tue Pedersen, Rasmus & Thau, Mads (2021). Det politiske arbejde i de stående udvalg. In Kjær, Ulrik & Andersen, Lotte Bøgh (Ed.), Kommunalpolitisk lederskab : tæt på borgerne i de lokale fællesskaber. Hans Reitzels Forlag.
  • Pedersen, Rasmus A & Thau, Mads (2019). Vive: Udskældt kommunalt udvalgsstyre fungerer faktisk fint. Altinget.
  • Thau, Mads (2019). Hvad blev der af klassepolitikken i Danmark? In Grøn, Caroline Howard (Eds.), Politologisk Årbog. DJØF Forlag. p. 86–89.
  • Tatham, Michael Robert & Thau, Mads (2012). The more the merrier: accounting for sub-state paradiplomats in Brussels.

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