Topics of research at the chair range from the German system of government to Western, democratic states. Particular focus is placed on the transformation of democratic systems of government in the process of internationalisation, European integration and domestic regionalisation. Projects focus on the effects of these processes on the effectiveness of governance, on democratic legitimacy and on institutional stability. The focus is on multilevel governance and comparative federalism research.


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As part of teaching, students gain political science knowledge that is theoretically grounded as well as relevant for practice. They learn about structures, processes, conditions and effects, performance and problems of democracy in modern states, as well as how to understand, analyze and explain them. Depending on own focus and interests, the knowledge and skills gained can qualify students for professional pursuits in public and private organizations, in education and research.