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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.

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9. August 22 | News

Vanessa Boese featured in German “fluter” podcast

On August 5th, EDP member Vanessa Boese was featured in the German podcast “Große Frage, kleine Pause” of the youth magazine “fluter”. In Episode 11, they discuss the question of whether the world is becoming more authoritarian. You can listen …

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27. June 22 | News

New Name for EDP Network Institution: DIE now German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

Established in 1964 as the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) gGmbh, the Institute became the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) on 23 June 2022. This name change sees one of the world’s leading research …

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10. June 22 | News

Solveig Richter featured in Television Interview on Phoenix

On June 10th, EDP member Solveig Richter was featured in a television interview on “phoenix”, a German TV channel, in which she discussed Germany’s role in the Balkan states. You can find the interview right here.

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8. June 22 | News

EDP Network at DIE in Bonn

At the beginning of June 2022, the EDP Network members finally met again in person at the DIE in Bonn, Germany. During the two days meeting current projects, such as a new EU Project titled “Embracing change: Overcoming Blockages and …

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EDP Wire

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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6. September 22 | Pascal Abb, Hanna Pfeifer, Jonas Wolff

Together Against Evil Autocracies? On The Pitfalls Of Basing Germany’s Security Strategy On Democratic Alliance-Building

Owing to China’s rise and the increasingly assertive behaviour of authoritarian states, the theme of a new “systemic competition” has become prominent in German foreign policy discourse. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has further boosted the idea that the world’s democracies must join forces in the face of menacing autocracies. Jonas Wolff, Pascal Abb, and Hanna Pfeifer analyze the pitfalls of such a dichotomy.

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