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Auf dieser Seite finden Sie Links zu den Publikationen der Mitarbeiter*innen der Professur für Politikwissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Internationale Beziehungen.





"Populismus und Außenpolitik" (gefördert durch: DFG)

Welche Auswirkungen hat der weltweite Aufstieg des Populismus auf die internationale Politik? Episoden wie der Brexit oder US-Präsident Trumps Rückzug aus dem Iran-Abkommen suggerieren, dass Populisten an der Macht internationale Spannungen schüren, den Multilateralismus schwächen und Global Governance unterminieren. Bestehende Vorarbeiten zum Globalen Süden zeigen jedoch, dass dies nicht automatisch der Fall ist. So waren populistische Regierungen in einigen Fällen sogar offener gegenüber dem Multilateralismus oder zeigten eine größere Bereitschaft zur Bereitstellung globaler öffentlicher Güter. Weitere Informationen

Twitter-Account: @Populism_IR


"Populist Discourses on COVID-19 in the Global South" (gefördert durch: DFG, 2021-22)

The way in which governments frame the pandemic and communicate about it with the public plays a fundamental role in the implementation of policies aimed at limiting the spread of the virus. Framing state responses to COVID-19 as a common battle of the ‘people’ against the virus might help the implementation of such policies, while discrediting science would undermine efforts at containing the spread of the virus. At the same time, populist discourses about the pandemic, for example entailing the stigmatization of minorities excluded from the ‘true people’, can exacerbate societal divisions and underscore policies aimed at weakening democratic institutions. If we want to understand the impact of populism in the context of COVID-19, we need to study populist discourses on the pandemic in the first place. The project explores to what extent the constitutive elements of populism (anti-elitism and people-centrism, involving an often-exclusionary definition of the ‘people’) are reflected in discourses on the pandemic. The empirical analysis focuses on Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico and Turkey. It takes into account official government narratives on the pandemic as well as the reception, reproduction or contestation of such narratives among the larger public. Futher Information.


Twitter-Account: @Populism_IR



"Global autocratic collaboration in times of COVID-19" (gefördert durch: VW-Stiftung, 2021-22)

While democratic backlash and a resurgence of autocracies have been identified by scholars since the 2000s, empirical evidence grows that the COVID-19 pandemic facilitates autocratization trends. Expanding executive power at the expense of legislative/judicial branches for the sake of handling COVID-19, constitutes a window of opportunity for political leaders to foster authoritarian structures. This trend is visible across the globe – regardless of whether the respective regimes are autocratic (e.g. Arab region), hybrid (e.g. Latin America) or democratic (e.g. Europe). Further Information.


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