Life President
Telephone: +49-221-3820-912 Mailing address: 10, Mankhauser St in Solingen, ZIP D-42699, GERMANY Email:

M.B.A.: University of Cologne, 1965;
Ph.D.: University of Cologne, 1967.
Carl von Ossietzky University: Professor 1975, Professor Emeritus 2008.
Other Appointments: Visiting Professor, University of Salzburg, AUSTRIA (1982).
Professor of Economics, Sozialakademie Dortmund (1972 - 1975).
Memberships and Fellowships: Research Committee on Political Finance and Political Corruption, International Political Science Association (IPSA), Life President (since 2006); Secretary (2000 – 2006); Chair (1994 – 2000); Member of the Board (1985 – 2006); Life member, American Political Science Association; Presidential Commission of Experts on Party Financing, Member (1995 – 1999); Commission of Inquiry on Local Government Reform, State Legislature of Lower Saxony, Expert Member (1991 – 1994).
Awards and Honors: Federal Service Cross, First Class, Federal Republic of Germany (2002).
Research Interests: Political Systems of Liberal Democracies; Political Parties in Comparative Perspective; Party and Campaign Finance; Economic Policy.
Courses: Graduate Level: Comparing Political Systems (Democracies); Political Systems of Consociational and Majoritarian Democracies (Austria, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, the U.K. and the U.S.); Political Reform in France, Italy and Japan; Economic Policy in Germany and the U.K.; Political Parties in Western Democracies; Funding of Political Parties (in Germany, in comparison) Undergraduate Level: Introduction to Political Science, Introduction to International Relations, Political Theory of Constitutional Government, Political System(s) of Germany and the European Union, Comparative Government, Political Parties and Social Movements, Electoral Behaviour, Municipal Politics (incl. Polity and Policies).

Research Projects

Funding of Party Competition (Political Finance in 24 Democracies); Economic Policy in the U.K.; Popular Capitalism (Die Volksaktie).

Major Publications

The Political System of Austria – Grand Coalition or Alternative Government? (Cologne: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1968), 243 p. (in German).

"Problems and Essentials of Rational Economic Policy in Britain,“ Zeitschrift für die gesamte Staatswissenschaft, vol. 125 (4), 1969, pp. 637-660 (in German).

Parties in Decline – Reconstruction and Fall of Traditional Parties in Lower Saxony. (Cologne: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1989), 309 p. (in German).

“Structure and Impact of Public Subsidies to Political Parties in Europe: The Examples of Austria, Italy, Sweden and West Germany,” Comparative Political Finance in the 1980s, ed. by H. E. Alexander. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 1989), pp. 236-267.

“The Costs of Party Democracy in Canada – Preliminary Findings for a Federal System,” Corruption and Reform, vol. 4 (3), 1989, pp. 217-243.

Citizens Are Funding Campaigns – North American Experience for the Funding of Parties in Germany. (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 1992), 189 p. (in German).

“Comparative Analysis of Party Funds in Western Europe,“ Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, vol. 23 (3), 1992, pp.462-488 (in German).

"Comparing Party and Campaign Finance in Western Democracies," Campaign and Party Finance in North America and Western Europe, ed. by A.B. Gunlicks. (Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1993), pp. 233-267.

“Citizens’ Cash in Canada and the United States,” Comparative Political Finance Among the Democracies, ed. by H.E. Alexander & R. Shiratori. (Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1994), pp. 145-158.

“Finansowanie partii politycznych w Niemczech,” Finansowanie polityki. Wybori, pieniadze, partie polityczne, ed. by M. Walecki (Warzawa: Wydarwnictwo Sejmowe, 2000), pp. 24-38 (in Polish).

“O financiamento de partidos na Alemanha post à prova.” Bruno W. Speck et al., Os Custos da corrupcao. (Sao Paulo: Fundacao Konrad Adenauer, 2000), pp. 105-126 (in Portuguese).

Foundations for Democracy – Approaches to Comparative Political Finance – Essays in Honour of Herbert E. Alexander, ed. by K.-H. Nassmacher. (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2001), 515 p.

“The Costs of Party Activity in Western Democracies,“ Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, vol. 31 (1), 2002, pp. 7-20 (in German).

“Introduction: Political Parties, Funding and Democracy,“ Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns, ed. by R. Austin & M. Tjernström. (Stockholm: International IDEA, 2003), pp. 1-19.

“Fiscalizatión, control y cumplimiento de la normatividad sobre finanziamento político,” Dinero y contenda político-electoral. Reto de la democracia, ed. by M. Carillo et al. (Mexico: Fondo de cultura económica, 2003), pp. 246-278 (in Spanish).

“Regulation of Party Finance,” Handbook of Party Politics, ed. by R.S. Katz & W. Crotty. (London: Sage Publications, 2006), pp. 446-455.

The Funding of Party Competition, Political Finance in 25 Democracies (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2009), 467p.

Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2014): The Established Anglophone Democracies, in: Falguera, Elin/ Jones, Samuel/ Ohman, Magnus (eds.): Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns. A Handbook on Political Finance, Stockholm: International IDEA, 2014, pp. 255-298. (also available at:

Naßmacher, Karl-Heinz (2013): Parteienfinanzierung, in: Andersen, Uwe/ Woyke, Wichard (Hrsg.): Handwörterbuch des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 7. Aufl., Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2013, S. 528-532.

Kulick, Manuela S./ Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2012): Do Parties Spend Too Much? In: Mendilow, Jonathan (ed.): Money, Corruption, and Political Competition in Established and Emerging Democracies, Lanham MD et al.: Lexington Books, 2012, pp. 17-39.

Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2011): Campaign Finance, in: Kurian, George T. (ed.): The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Volume 1. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011, pp. 179-181.

Nassmacher, Karl-Heinz (2011): Party Finance, in: Kurian, George T. (ed.): The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Volume 4. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011, pp. 1187-1189.