The network …

… “External Democracy Promotion” (EDP) is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional working group of scholars from the social sciences. Our main focus is on international and comparative studies. Participants come from universities and research institutes in Germany and Switzerland.


12. April 17 | News

Julia Leininger and Tina Freyburg participate in a panel discussion on “Possibilities and Limits of Democracy Promotion” on May 11, 2017 (University of Zurich)

On May 11, 2017 our network members Prof. Tina Freyburg (University of St. Gallen / NCCR Democracy) and Dr. Julia Leininger (DIE) will take part in the public panel discussion “The Possibilities and Limits of Democracy Promotion” which is held …

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3. April 17 | News

EDP network meeting at Willy Brandt School in Erfurt in late March

On March 23 and 24, 2017, network members gathered for one of our regular meetings to discuss and plan research, meetings and common objectives. Major issues at our meeting, this time hosted by the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, …

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Jonas Wolff, Hans-Joachim Spanger | 2017

The interaction of interests and norms in international democracy promotion

in: Journal of International Relations and Development, 20: 1, 80-107.

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EDP Wire

29. March 17 | Jonas Wolff

Negotiating Democracy Promotion – Negotiating Interference: The case of US-Bolivian relations

In September 2009, the US Embassy in La Paz declared that it would phase out USAID’s democracy program in Bolivia. Following years of complaining about alleged US attempts to destabilize democracy in the country, the Bolivian government had instructed USAID to close its democracy promotion activities in the country, …

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22. January 17 | Annika Elena Poppe

Demokratieförderpolitik unter Trump: Rhetorische Wende bei gleichbleibender Politik?

Demokratieförderung gilt vielen Beobachterinnen und Beobachtern als aktive Friedenspolitik – nicht zuletzt aufgrund des Befundes, dass Demokratien sehr selten Kriege untereinander führen. Gleichzeitig ist aggressive, teilweise mit militärischen Mitteln betriebene Demokratieförderpolitik, ganz offensichtlich kein friedfertiges Unterfangen. Glaubt man Trumps Wahlkampfaussagen, so steht die US-Demokratieförderpolitik vor einer deutlichen Wende.

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