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.


1. October 20 | News

EDP Network meets to plan future strategic direction

On September 21, the EDP Network members met in a virtual online conference to discuss current plans for the further development and future strategic orientation of the network.

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4. March 20 | News

EDP Network meeting at DIE in Bonn: a new research agenda for challenges to democracy support

On February 27, our network members met at DIE (German Development Institute) in Bonn. Key issues of our meeting were the discussion and drafting of two joint research proposals addressing the current trend of de-democratization and how through ideation democracy …

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12. February 20 | News

Presenting our latest addition to the EDP Network: Welcome, Karina Mross!

The EDP Network welcomes Karina Mross, who will be joining our team from now on with her in-depth expertise in democracy support, post-conflict societies and peace processes, democratization after civil war, and fragile states.

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4. February 20 | News

Workshop at the Federal Foreign Office on democracy promotion

The EDP network members Julia Leininger (German Development Institute) and Jonas Wolff (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt) took part in an expert workshop at the Federal Foreign Office on 30 January 2020 in Berlin.

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Jonas Wolff, Felix Bethke, Sophia Birchinger, Ben Christian, Melanie Coni-Zimmer, Julian Junk, Anton Peez, Simone Schnabel, Jens Stappenbeck, Antonia Witt | 2020

Frieden und Entwicklung 2020: Eine Analyse aktueller Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse

Die Studie „Frieden und Ent­wicklung 2020“ ana­ly­siert aktuelle Ent­wicklungen, Erfahr­ungen und Heraus­forder­ungen und leitet daraus praxis­orientierte Em­pfehl­ungen für die deutsche und inter­nationale EZ ab. Sie wurde im Rah­men eines Ressort­forschungs­vorhabens für das Bundes­ministerium für wirtschaft­liche Zusammen­arbeit und Ent­wicklung (BMZ) erstellt. Methodisch stützt sich die Analyse auf 30 Inter­views mit Expert­innen und Experten aus unter­schiedlichen Welt­regionen und ergänzt diese auf Basis einer Aus­wertung von Policy-Dokumenten und der ein­schlägigen Forschungs­literatur.

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Jonas Wolff | 2020


in: Olaf Kaltmeier/Anne Tittor/Daniel Hawkins/Eleonora Rohland (Hg.): The Routledge Handbook to the Political Economy and Governance of the Americas, London: Routledge, 341-349.

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Julia Leininger, Karina Mross, Charlotte Fiedler, Jörn Grävingholt | 2020

Gradual, Cooperative, Coordinated: Effective Support for Peace and Democracy in Conflict-Affected States

in: International Studies Perspectives 21 (1), 54-77 (open access).

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Julia Leininger, Anna Lührmann, Rachel Sigman | 2019

The Relevance of Social Policies for Democracy – Preventing Autocratisation through Synergies between SDG 10 and SDG 16

in: DIE Discussion Paper 7/2019.

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EDP Wire

26. October 20 | Annika Elena Poppe

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: US Democracy Promotion after the 2020 Presidential Election

The external promotion of democracy has come under unprecedented trouble under the Trump administration. What will U.S. democracy promotion policy likely look like under a second Trump administration, and what would it be under a President Biden? In neither scenario, a return to the status quo ante is likely.

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17. October 20 | Jonas Wolff, Felix S. Bethke

COVID-19 and shrinking civic spaces: Findings from a preliminary assessment

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of countries worldwide have introduced severe limitations on public life and individual freedoms. Although generally considered necessary to save lives and protect health care systems from overburdening, these restrictions pose the risk of government overreach, thereby potentially boosting the global trend of shrinking spaces for civil society actors.

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