Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel

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Portrait Wolfgang Merkel
David Ausserhofer

Contact

fax
+49 30 25491 345
mail
wolfgang.merkel [at] wzb.eu
Office:
Gudrun Mouna
fon: +49 30 25491-321
fax: +49 30 25491-345
mail: mouna@wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
room
B 209
Director of the Research Unit

Research fields

Political regimes: Democracy - dictatorships | Democratization | Political parties | Social democracy | Social justice

CV

2007 Appointment as a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

since 2004 Director of the research unit "Democracy and Democratization" at the WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

Professor of Comparative Political Science and Democracy Research, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Arts III, Department of Social Sciences

1998 Call for a professorship in political science (C4) from the University of Heidelberg

1994 Acceptance of a call for a professorship in political science/comparative governance (C3) from the University of Mainz

Selected Publications

Merkel, Wolfgang/Kneip, Sascha (Eds.) (2018): Democracy and Crisis. Challenges in Turbulent Times. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 373 S.

Wzbaktiv
Kollmorgen, Raj/Merkel, Wolfgang/Wagener, Hans-Jürgen (Hg.) (2015): Handbuch Transformationsforschung. Springer VS, X, 789 S.
Merkel, Wolfgang (2014): "Is Capitalism Compatible with Democracy?". In: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft/Comparative Governance and Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, S. 109-128.
Merkel, Wolfgang (2010): Systemtransformation. Eine Einführung in die Theorie und Empirie der Transformationsforschung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 561 S.

Merkel, Wolfgang (2004): "Embedded and Defective Democracies". In: Aurel Croissant/Wolfgang Merkel (Eds.): Special Issue of Democratization: Consolidated or Defective Democracy? Problems of Regime Change, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp. 33-58

 

Projects

2011-2014
Critical Junctures and the Survival of Dictatorships. Explaining the Stability of Autocratic Regimes, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG)
Participating scientists: Wolfgang Merkel, Christoph Stefes, Alexander Schmotz, Johannes Gerschewski, Dag Tanneberg

2010-2014
The Political Sociology of Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism
Project directors: Wolfgang Merkel, Ruud Koopmans, Michael Zürn
Participating scientists: Onawa Promise Lacewell, Pieter de Wilde, Oliver Strijbis, Bernhard Weßels

since 2005
Democracy Barometer, NCCR Democracy, University of Zurich, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
Project leaders: Wolfgang Merkel, Daniel Bochsler (Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau)
Participating scientists: Marc Bühlmann (Universität Bern), Heiko Giebler, Dag Tanneberg, Bernhard Weßels
Doctoral student: Lisa Müller (Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau)

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Portrait Wolfgang Merkel
David Ausserhofer

Contact

fax
+49 30 25491 345
mail
wolfgang.merkel [at] wzb.eu
Office:
Gudrun Mouna
fon: +49 30 25491-321
fax: +49 30 25491-345
mail: mouna@wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
room
B 209

Diskussionsrunde anlässlich des 65. Geburtstags von Wolfgang Merkel

Lecture

Der Herbst der Demokratie?
Studium generale, Arnold-Bergsträsser-Institut, Universität Freiburg
SWR-Fernsehen tele-akademie, 30. April 2017

Lecture

Leszek Kolakowski Lecture
Monday, March 6, 2017
University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations

Podcast: Illiberal Democracy? Poland in a Comparative Perspective

Video

Welcoming word by
Prof. Wolfgang Merkel
at the Workshop "Re-imagining Diaspora and Democracy in the Heart of Europe", 2-day book workshop hosted by WZB Berlin Social Science Center, August 23-24, 2017.

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Cover Democracy and Crisis

Democracy and Crisis. Challenges in Turbulent Times, eds. Wolfgang Merkel and Sascha Kneip. Cham: Springer International Publishing 2018

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Cover Legitimität direkter Demokratie

Die Legitimität direkter Demokratie. Wie demokratisch sind Volksabstimmungen?, eds. Wolfgang Merkel and Claudia Ritzi. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2017

Scobel: Despoten auf dem Vormarsch (Einspieler)
3sat, 14. Dezember 2017

Wer entscheidet hier eigentlich - und warum?
Der Tagesspiegel, 3. September 2017

Das Ende vom "Ende der Geschichte"
Cicero Online, 22. August 2017

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Cover Demokratie und Krise

Demokratie und Krise. Zum schwierigen Verhältnis von Theorie und Empirie, ed. Wolfgang Merkel. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015

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Cover Handbuch Transformationsforschung

Handbuch Transformationsforschung, eds. Raj Kollmorgen, Wolfgang Merkel, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015

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Cover Demokratie, Diktatur, Gerechtigkeit

Demokratie, Diktatur, Gerechtigkeit. Festschrift für Wolfgang Merkel, eds. Aurel Croissant, Sascha Kneip, and Alexander Petring. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2015