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.


4. December 20 | News

Solveig Richter receives Best Article Prize 2020

Together with her co-author Natasha Wunsch, EDP Network member Solveig Richter was awarded by the Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration e.V. and the Schader-Stiftung.

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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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Johannes Gerschewski | 2020

Erosion or Decay? Conceptualizing Causes and Mechanisms of Democratic Regression

In: Democratization (online first)  

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Felix S. Bethke, Jonas Wolff | 2020

COVID-19 and shrinking civic spaces: patterns and consequences

in: Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Online first, 2 October 2020.  

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Rebecca Wagner | 2020

Responding to COVID-19 with 100 per cent Postal Voting: Local Elections in Bavaria, Germany

in: James, Toby S./Clark, Alistair/Asplund, Erik (eds), Electoral Management Network. Stockholm: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.  

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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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