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Resilience of Democracies Workshop Series Vol. II

How to save Democracy

On March 02 and 03, 2023, the Graduate Research Group Resilient Institutions invited to the second edition of the workshop series "Resilience of Democracies". Titled "How to save Democracy", this edition will focused on current challenges and resilience capacities of democracies and the mechanisms involved. What challenges are democracies currently facing and in what ways are they unfolding? What resources, institutions, and actors contribute to a more resilient democracy?  To gain further insights into these types of questions, the workshop series invites researchers from different fields to contribute to a broader interdisciplinary perspective on the current state and prospects of democracy worldwide. For the second edition of the workshop series, the Graduate Research Group was able to secure Seraphine F. Maerz, Gert Pickel, Melis Laebens, Arndt Leininger, Piero Stanig, and Nathalie Giger as speakers.

Resilient Institutions at the University of Messina

From 26 to 28 October 2022 the Doctoral Students of the Graduate Research Group Resilient Institutions attended the Student Conference on Democracy between crisis and new challenge at the University of Messina. In the Opening Panel they presented an updated version of their manuscript on Democratic Resilience and the added value of the concept when it comes to democratic survival and decline.


Discussion Paper on Democratic Resilience

The Doctoral Students of the Graduate Research Group published their Discussion Paper "A new game in town: Democratic resilience and the added value of the concept in explaining democratic survival and decline" in the Discussion Paper Series of the Gutenberg School of Management and Economics (GSME) and the Research Unit Interdisciplinary Public Policy (IPP).

You can download the paper here.

Retreat on the topic of Democratic Resilience

During the week from 7 to 11 March 2022 the five Doctoral Students of the Graduate Research Group “Resilient Institutions” went on a retreat on the topic of democratic resilience in Oberharmersbach (Black Forest). In this setting the Doctoral Students thoroughly worked on the revision of a joint discussion paper which they already presented at the Graduate Research Group’s workshop on democratic resilience as well as an IPP-Retreat in November 2021. The latest version of this revised discussion paper will soon be published in the IPP Discussion Paper series. Besides working on the joint paper, the Doctoral Students also discussed their individual dissertation projects.


Resilience of Democracies Workshop Series Vol. I

Democratic Resilience and its challenges






















Guest Lecture

Sie sind herzlich zu unserem nächsten Institutskolloquium eingeladen:

07.07.2021, 18 Uhr (s.t.) - 19 Uhr (s.t.)

Prof. Peter K. Enns (Cornell University): Hijacking the Agenda: Economic Power and Political Influence

Der Vortrag findet virtuell über BBB statt.

Weitere Infos und den Einladungslink finden Sie hier.


Lecture Series: Institutions: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Summer Semester 2021

Wednesdays from 6.15 to 7.45 pm


April 14, 2021:        Warm-up meeting: Introduction / organization

April 28, 2021:        Philipp Harms: Institutions in economic analysis

May 12, 2021:         Claudia Landwehr: Institutions in political analysis

May 19, 2021:         Gunnar Otte: Social institutions from a sociological perspective

June 9, 2021:          Kai Arzheimer: Survey responses to institutions – a multi-level perspective

June 23, 2021:        Sascha Huber: Institutions, decision making and experimental design

July 7, 2021:           Peter Enns (Cornell University): tba

July 14, 2021:         Wrap-up meeting: Outlook / next steps