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Democracy under Pressure

October 9 @ 16:0017:30

Julia Langbein (FU Berlin), Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (please register)

In the third session of our new workshop series on Authoritarian Politics and International Relations at WZB, Julia Langbein will speak about democratic backsliding in Europe’s new democracies. In her talk, she asks why some states apparently consolidate democratic institutions, while others apparently witness a decline in their democratic qualities. Going beyond small-N studies, Julia Langbein develops a new dataset of periods of democratic backsliding between 1919 and 2018 for 22 young democracies in Europe, including EU members. With her data, she shows that democratic backsliding can take different forms and patterns, depending on the specific combinations of declining democratic institutional qualities. 

Discussant: Alexander Schmotz (WZB).

Julia’s paper can be made available upon request.  

The seminar series aims at bringing together scholars from Comparative Politics and International Relations. We invite papers combining comparative authoritarianism and IR, as well as contributions that help clarify important theoretical concepts and empirical patterns in either discipline. Colleagues interested in presenting in the workshop series should email Alex Tokhi (alexandros.tokhi@wzb.eu) or Alex Schmotz (alexander.schmotz@wzb.eu). 



Once a month on a Tuesday afternoon



WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, Room A305



A classic format: 90 minute research seminar with one paper presentation (15 min), one discussant (10), and plenty of time for Q&A



All scholars from WZB and the Berlin area and anyone interested in authoritarian politics and/or international relations

Organized by Alexandros Tokhi (Department Global Governance) and Alexander Schmotz (Department of Democracy & Democratisation)


More information here. 


October 9
16:00 – 17:30


Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Reichpietschufer 50
Berlin, Berlin 10785 Germany
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