Clint Claessen

PhD Student - Political Science

Hi, I am Clint, a doctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences - University of Basel. My work is focused on Party Leaders in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. I am mainly interested in their political careers, legislative speeches and social media appearance. To study this topic, I make use of sequence analysis, machine learning and text analysis tools.

Before joining Prof. Stefanie Bailer (Main Supervisor) and Prof. Denise Traber (Co-Supervisor) in Basel, I obtained a Master of Science in Teacher Training Social Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Arts in Comparative and International Studies from the ETH Zurich.


Claessen, Clint (2023). Accruing career capital: How party leaders with more political experience survive longer Party Politics, Online First.

Claessen, Clint; Bailer, Stefanie; and Turner-Zwinkels, Tomas (2021). The winners of legislative mandate: An analysis of post‐parliamentary career positions in Germany and the Netherlands. European Journal of Political Research, 60(1), 25-45.

Working Papers

Claessen, Clint; Traber, Denise; and Schoonvelde, Martijn. Voter signalling and coalition adjustment: Party competition and environmental speeches in the German Bundestag.

Claessen, Clint; Walder, Maxime; and Alberto, Anthea. Picture-perfect: On the relationship between party leader visibility and voting during party leader elections.

Claessen, Clint; Ohmura, Tamaki; and Bailer, Stefanie. Ideology or career? On the individual and structural reasons for joining youth parties.

Claessen, Clint. Staring out young: How youth wing experience impacts party leader survival.


Journal of Politics, Party Politics, European Journal of Political Research, European Journal of Gender and Politics, Scandinavian Political Studies


ECPR Parliaments 2021, PSAI 2021, Political Careers Conference 2022, EPSA 2021/22/23, APSA 2022, SPSA 2020/23, COMPTEXT 2023, ECPR JS 2023, ECPR General 2021/23, SISP 2023