Johannes Gerschewski is a research fellow at the research unit on the comparative analysis of political systems at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Before joining the department, he was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at the department of “Democracy and Democratization” at the WZB Social Science Center Berlin (2011-2016). At the WZB he co-headed with Wolfgang Merkel a DFG-funded project on “Critical Junctures and the Survival of Dictatorships”. His research interests lie with comparative political regime research, the analysis of democratization processes as well as methodological questions – he currently works on the stability of East Asia’s autocracies and deals with questions of legitimacy in young democracies and autocracies
Johannes obtained his doctoral degree in 2014 at Humboldt University Berlin (“summa cum laude”). In his dissertation he compared historically the stabilizing conditions of East Asia’s autocratic regimes since 1945. He argues that the complementarity between the “three pillars of stability” of legitimation, repression, and co-optation along with the institutionalization process within these pillars make an autocracy endure. He is currently focusing his publications on these issues.
Johannes is also one of the co-founders of the methodologically oriented “Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences”. Between 2001 and 2008, Johannes studied political science, philosophy, and economics as well as International Business and Cultural Studies in Passau, Berlin, and Seoul, and then worked at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies in Hamburg for a year. In 2014 Johannes was a guest at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
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