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Current Research Projects 

"The secret life-changes of norms: A comprehensive analysis of norm change"

The ESRC project "The secret life-changes of norms" is a collaboration between Dr. Ulrich Petersohn, University of Liverpool, and Prof. Diana Panke, University of Freiburg. Further information.


"Should I stay or should I go? State Exits from Regional Organizations" (funded by: DFG)

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) recently made headlines, attracting a lot of public and scholarly attention. BREXIT is not the only instance in which a member state exited a regional organization (RO). Further information. 

"Comparing Forest Governance Performances of Regional Regimes. A Comprehensive Analysis" (funded by: DFG)

Globalization, internationalization and an increasing number of cross-border environmental regimes like climate change and biodiversity have led political actors to recognize the need of forest policy beyond the domestic level. Adopting a comparative approach, this project contributes towards closing gaps in our knwiledge about regional regimes. To this end, it examines three research questions on three dimensions of performance - output , outcome, and impact - of forest governance in regional regimes. Further information.

"Overlapping Regionalism in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe Compared" (funded by: DFG)

dfg projekt regionalismus

In the aftermaths of WWII and the Cold War, states have intensified multilateral collaboration and increasingly cooperated with states in their neighborhood. Today there are more than 70 ROs in all parts of world. When ROs share member states and policy competences, we speak of overlapping regionalism. While a comparative regionalism research agenda has been emerging recently, overlapping regionalism has not yet received much scholarly attention. The phenomenon of overlapping regionalism is widespread and important, not in the least since ROs’ policies and rules can be incompatible reducing their effectiveness. This project contributes towards filling gaps in our knowledge of overlapping regionalism in respect to three research questions: How has overlapping regionalism evolved over time and space? Why and when does overlapping regionalism occur and increase? How do states react to overlapping regionalism and does this affect the effectiveness of ROs? Further information




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