Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel

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David Ausserhofer

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David Ausserhofer

Research fields

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

CV

Since 2021 senior scholar at the Democracy Institute/CEU in Budapest

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

2004 - 2020 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

Wzbaktiv
2021
Merkel, Wolfgang/Lührmann, Anna (2021): "Resilience of Democracies. Responses to Illiberal and Authoritarian Challenges - Introduction". In: Democratization, Vol. 28, No. 5, Special Issue "Resilience of Democracies. Responses to Illiberal and Authoritarian Challenges, edited by Wolfgang Merkel/Anna Lührmann, S. 869-884.
2019
Merkel, Wolfgang/Kollmorgen, Raj/Wagener, Hans-Jürgen (Eds.) (2019): The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation. Oxford/New York, NY: Oxford University Press. (Handbuch der Transformationsforschung, in englischer Sprache)
de Wilde, Pieter/Koopmans, Ruud/Merkel, Wolfgang/Strijbis, Oliver/Zürn, Michael (Eds.) (2019): The Struggle Over Borders. Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism. Cambridge u.a.: Cambridge University Press, XI, 276 S.
2018
Merkel, Wolfgang/Kneip, Sascha (Eds.) (2018): Democracy and Crisis. Challenges in Turbulent Times. Cham u.a.: Springer International Publishing. (Demokratie und Krise. Zum schwierigen Verhältnis von Theorie und Empirie, in englischer Sprache)
2015
Kollmorgen, Raj/Merkel, Wolfgang/Wagener, Hans-Jürgen (Hg.) (2015): Handbuch Transformationsforschung. Springer VS, X, 789 S.
2014
Merkel, Wolfgang (2014): "Is Capitalism Compatible with Democracy?". In: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft/Comparative Governance and Politics, Vol. 8, No. 2, S. 109-128.
2010
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)