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… “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 Europe.


13. February 23 | News

Network member Sonja Grimm is scientific lead of the research Consortium EMBRACE

EMBRACing changE: Overcoming Blockages and Advancing Democracy in the European Neighbourhood (EMBRACE) The EMBRACE project analyses authoritarian resilience and de-democratization in the European Neighbourhood. It does so through an inter-disciplinary, multi-method and cross-regional assessment of both blockages to and drivers …

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22. December 22 | News

Rebecca Wagner is Electoral Integrity Project Fellow in 2023

Rebecca Wagner, EDP network member and researcher at PRIF, joins the Electoral Integrity Project in 2023 as a junior fellow. During her fellowship, she will research the impact of international electoral aid on domestic politics. The research project is titled …

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22. December 22 | News

EDP Network Meeting In Leipzig

On the 15th to 16th of December the EDP Network got to meet up in person in Leipzig. We discussed future options for the EDP Network in form of collaborations and shared research. The members also presented their current projects …

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21. November 22 | News

EDP members at the third DVPW Thementagung

On the 11th of november our members Julia Leininger, Solveig Richter and Jonas Wolff presented their paper: „Demokratie, Sicherheit, Frieden: Wie verändert der russische Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine unser Verständnis von internationaler Demokratieförderung” on the third DVPW Thementagung titled „Turning …

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EDP Wire

24. October 22 | Jonas Wolff, Lukas Harth, Florian Kriener

Responding to Foreign Interference in the EU: Beware of Unintended Consequences

The EU’s emerging response to foreign interference, as it is currently debated in the EU Parliament, contains striking similarities to arguments put forth by some governments around the world seeking to justify harsh restrictions on foreign funding and “foreign agents.” …

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6. September 22 | Jonas Wolff

The Reconstitution of Liberal Hegemony in Comparative Regime Research: V-Dem’s Discursive Turn from the Contestation to the Decontestation of Democracy

Within just a few years, the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project has experienced a remarkable rise to both academic and political prominence. As Jonas Wolff shows in his paper that was just published open access with Contemporary Politics, this rise has been accompanied by a notable discursive shift: Having started as a project aimed at taking seriously the essential conceptual contestability of democracy, in recent years V-Dem has adopted an increasingly narrow and taken-for-granted focus on liberal democracy.

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