Prof. Patzelt received his Ph.D. degree and his “Habilitation” (Dr. phil. habil.) from the University of Passau in Germany in 1984 and 1990 respectively. Prof. Patzelt’s fields of study include comparative politics, comparative legislative studies, historical and evolutionary institutionalism and political communication. He worked at the Department of Political Science of the University of Passau from 1980 to 1990. He also worked as visiting professor at the University of Salzburg and the Dresden University of Technology. Between the years 1991 and 1992, he was in charge of founding the Political Science Department of the Dresden University of Technology. Since 1992, he has been working as the Full Professor of Comparative Government at the same university. Prof. Patzelt took part in projects funded by the German Research Association and Fritz-Tyssen-Foundation. He is a member of the Deusche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (German Association for Political Science), Kommission für Geschichte des Parlamentarismus und der politischen Partein e.V. (Commission for the History of Parliamentarianism and the Political Parties), and American Political Science Association. Prof. Patzelt was granted the East Bavarian Cultural Award for “Ethnomethodology” in 1985 and Science Award of the German Bundestag for “Members of Parliament in Representative Democracy” in 1995.