The WZB Berlin Social Science Center, research area International Politics and Law, research unit Global Governance (Director: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn), is seeking to employ
a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (f/m/x)
for the project “The International Diffusion of Democratic Backsliding”, led by Dr. Alexander Schmotz. The position is full-time (39 hours per week) for a period of two years, starting preferably on 1 March 2024 upon confirmation of the awarding authority.
The project examines whether democratic backsliding becomes more likely if there is precedent abroad that domestic anti-democratic actors can emulate. It employs a mixed-methods empirical research design, combining quantitative modelling to demonstrate general patterns, and qualitative case study to trace causal mechanisms. It proposes two comparative case studies of backsliding diffusion in Hungary and India.
The project is embedded within the department of Global Governance, which analyses the politics of international order with three foci on state-driven conflicts about international authority; societal conflicts in Global Governance; and institutional dynamics in the global governance system.
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is a publicly financed research institution that conducts leading edge theory-based and problem-oriented social science research (http://www.wzb.eu/en). WZB researchers come from across the globe and work across social science disciplines including sociology, political science, economics, law, and psychology. A member of the Leibniz Association, WZB’s research is directed at the science community, policy makers, the media and the general public.
Please find more information online on the research group Global Governance, on Alexander Schmotz, and the WZB.
for the project “The International Diffusion of Democratic Backsliding”, led by Dr. Alexander Schmotz