Unlike Twins?! Comparing Democracies and Autocracies.

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About the Conference

The bi-annual conference of the Section „Comparative Politics“ of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) „Unlike Twins?! Comparing Democracies and Autocracies“ will be held at the Institute of Political Science, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany from 15.-17. March 2017.

Goals: Empirical developments such as the (more or less surprising) resilience and economic prosperity of autocracies, transitions from democracy and authoritarian shifts inside and outside the EU, increasing inequalities within and between societies and the uprising and spreading of extremism and terrorism in Europe and elsewhere make systematic comparisons of democracy and autocracy even more important. Keeping in mind the developments in the discipline it seems to be helpful to step back and to discuss the foundations, approaches, methods and basic concepts, including the dimensions of polity, policy and politics that we have started to discuss at the previous conference of the section „Comparative Politics“ in Hamburg (February 2015).

The conference convenors aim to offer a platform for bringing together cholars of Comparative Politics and related study areas 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.

The contents and results of the conference will be documented on this site.

The conference is organized by Rolf Frankenberger, Thomas Altmeppen, Mirjam Edel and Oliver Schlumberger.

Follow the conference on Twitter: #vergleichdvpw2017

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