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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 Germany and Switzerland.


24. October 18 | News

Call for Papers: “Why to Fight against Dictatorship at high personal costs? Studying Political Activism and its Leadership in Autocracies”

An EDP workshop organized by PD Dr. Sonja Grimm (University of Konstanz/University of Basel) in cooperation with the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt   Date: 17-18 January 2019 Workshop location: Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Baseler Str. 27-31, 60329 Frankfurt (three minutes …

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15. October 18 | News

Sonja Grimm: Habilitation Thesis on International Democracy Promotion in Post-conflict Societies and Fragile States

In the cumulative habilitation project Sonja Grimm investigates the instruments and strategies of international democracy promotion in post-conflict societies and fragile states, the effects of such external support and the reasons for the (mostly limited) effectiveness of international democracy promotion. Three …

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EDP Network | 2018

Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty

PRIF Report 13/2018, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.

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Johannes Gerschewski, Alexander Dukalskis | 2018

Justifying Dictatorship


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Jonas Wolff | 2018

The Delegitimization of Civil society Organizations. Thoughts on Strategic Responses to the “Foreign Agent” Charge

in: César Rodríguz-Garavito/Krizna Gomez (eds.): Rising to the Populist Challenge. A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors, Bogotá: Dejusticia, 129–137.

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EDP Wire

18. December 18 | Annika E. Poppe, Jonas Wolff

Democracy Promotion and the Challenge of Shrinking Civic Spaces

In this weeks contribution, Annika and Jonas zoom in on one particularly noticeable phenomenon – the global spread of shrinking spaces for civil society actors – and discuss how this affects international civil society support

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11. December 18 | Johannes Gerschewski

Autocratization and Democratic Backsliding: Taking Stock of a Recent Debate

In his contribution to the EDP policy paper, Johannes focuses on rebuting the alarming notion of a global democratic rollback. He shows us that there is no general rise in autocratic regimes, but worrying developments indeed with regard to the quality of democratic regimes world-wide in terms of political rights and civil liberties

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