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Dr. Alexander Schmotz

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Research Fields
  • Comparative authoritarianism
  • Hybrid regimes
  • Regime change and stability
  • Quantitative methods, particularly survival analysis
Contact
fon: +49 30 25491 319
mail: alexander [dot] schmotz [at] wzb [dot] eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Research Fellow of the Research Unit
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since January 2017
Research fellow in the research unit Democracy and Democratization

February 2014 - December 2016
Postdoc at King's College London, Department of War Studies, contributing to the ERC-Projekt International Dimensions of Authoritarian Rule

2014
PhD in political science from Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)

2010, 2011 - 2014
Research fellow in the research unit Democracy and Democratization at WZB, contributing to the project Critical Junctures and the Survival of Dictatorship

2008 - 2011
PhD scholarship awarded by BGSS

2008     
MA (Diplom) in Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin

2000 - 2008     
Studies of political science and sociology at Humboldt University Berlin, the Universidad del País Vasco in Bilbao, and the University of Potsdam


Selected Publications

Tansey, Oisín; Koehler, Kevin; Schmotz, Alexander (2016): Ties to the Rest. Autocratic Linkages and Regime Survival. In: Comparative Political Studies (published online before print on September 8, 2016).

Schmotz, Alexander (2015): Vulnerability and Compensation: Constructing an Index of Co-optation in Autocratic Regimes. In: European Polititical Science, Vol. 14, No. 4, S. 439–457.

  • Møller, Jørgen/Schmotz, Alexander/Skaaning, Svend-Erik (2015): "Economic Crisis and Democratic Breakdown in the Interwar Years. A Reassessment". In: Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung, Vol. 40, No. 2, S. 301-318.
  • Gerschewski, Johannes/Merkel, Wolfgang/Schmotz, Alexander/Stefes, Christoph H./Tanneberg, Dag (2013): "Warum überleben Diktaturen?". In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft 47 "Autokratien im Vergleich", herausgegeben von Steffen Kailitz/Patrick Köllner. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, S. 106-131.
  • Schmotz, Alexander (2012): "Freiheit als Dilemma. Ein wenig Demokratie schadet Diktaturen nicht - Vom Siegeszug der Wahlautokratien". In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 24.05.2012, S. 11.
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