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Call for Panels – Unlike Twins?!


As discussed in the previous contribution, Comparative Politics as a discipline is at the crossroads and the question of how to compare rises again. In order to discuss theoretical and methodological developments as well as new challenges, the section „Comparative Politics“ of the DVPW organizes a conference from 15.-17. March 2017 at the Institute of Political Science, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.

The conference „Unlike Twins?! Comparing Democracies and Autocracies“ aims to be a platform for bringing together scholars in order to discuss recent developments and challenges related to the systematic comparison of democracy and autocracy. This includes a critical reappraisal of existing concepts, methods, and findings, as well as the discussion of new perspectives in comparative politics. The two main objectives thus are to capture the state of the art of the discipline and to assess the (old and new) challenges we face when we compare different political regimes, such as autocracy and democracy.

Interested scholars of Political Science are encouraged to contribute to this conference by proposing panels. You can find the complete call for panels here:

2017 Call for Panels – Unlike Twins?!

To approach these topics we welcome panels that address one or more of the following issues:

  • Theoretical and conceptual aspects of comparing political systems
  • Methodological aspects and methods of democracy‐autocracy comparisons
  • Power and rule
  • Policies in a comparative perspective
  • Political Culture, Political Education and Political Systems

Even though many of the questions raised are theory‐driven, contributions focusing more on the theoretically informed presentation and reflection of empirical findings on one or more of the topics are more than welcome.



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