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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.


19. April 23 | News

IDOS is hiring a Senior Researcher in the field of violent conflict, (post-) conflict settings and state fragility

The Senior Researcher would work on violent conflict, reconstruction in (post-) conflict settings and state fragility. In particular, IDOS seeks a scholar with expertise on international cooperation in and after violent conflict, including different forms of cooperation spanning from crisis …

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19. April 23 | News

Solveig Richter appointed to platform “Rebuilding Ukraine”

Solveig Richter, Heisenberg Professor at the University of Leipzig, has been appointed by the German government to the “Rebuilding Ukraine” platform. The aim of the platform is to support the coordination of activities of German-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for the …

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11. April 23 | News

Vanessa Boese-Schlosser on WDR Podcast about the dangers of democracy

Vanessa Boese-Schlosser, a postdoctoral researcher at the WZB in Berlin, was live on WDR radio on 4 April for the podcast “Neugier genügt” (in German). In the postcast, she talks about the latest findings on autocratisation and democratisation, why we …

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23. March 23 | News

EDP Network Members at ISA 2023 in Montréal

Several EDP Network Members have attended this years annual International Studies Association Convention in Montréal, Canada, between March 15th – 18th, 2023, where they presented their newest research and engaged in various panel discussions. For example, Julia Leininger and Rebecca …

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Julia Gurol, Alke Jenss, Fabricio Rodríguez, Benjamin Schütze, Cita Wetterich | 2023

Authoritarian Power and Contestation beyond the State

In: Globalizations pp 1-14.

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Sarah von Billerbeck | 2023

Organizational Narratives and Self-Legitimation in International Organizations

In: International Affairs, Volume 99, Issue 3

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Johannes Gerschewski | 2023

The Two Logics of Autocratic Rule

Cambridge University Press

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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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