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Visiting scholar

Tobias Rommel, a PhD student from the University of Zurich, is visiting DEDERE from October to December in 2016.

Seminar on the Correlates of Regime Change

On December 13, DEDERE will host a seminar on the correlates of regime change. Among the participants are Tobias Tommel from University of Zurich and Livia Rorbach from University of Copenhagen. See the program here.

Keynote address in Budapest

Jørgen Møller will give the keynote address at the upcoming XXII Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Political Science Association. The Annual Meeting  is the biggest event of the Hungarian political science community with approximately 100-120 participants. It takes place Esztergom June 17-18 2016. The topic of this year's meeting is the Quality of democracy, and the title of the keynote address is "Dealing with democratic diversity".

Talk in Heidelberg

Svend-Erik Skaaning will give a talk on the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project at Heidelberg University on May 31, 2016.

Talk at Stanford University

Svend-Erik Skaaning will give a talk on the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, on May 4, 2016.

Release of the Varieties of Democracy dataset

The Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) dataset has been publicly released. DEDERE has contributed to the funding, and two DEDERE members, Svend-Erik Skaaning and John Gerring, have been in front of the large-scale data collection process as PIs. See more.

On the quality of elections

Together with Jørgen Elklit, Merete Bech Seeberg has written an article on the quality of elections around the world. They are both spending a semester as visiting scholars at University of Sydney in connection to the Electoral Integrity Project (see more, in Danish).

ECPR joint sessions of workshops

Svend-Erik Skaaning will participate in the workshop Was Plato Rights? Should Experts Rule in connection to the ECPR joint sessions of workshop in Pisa, April , 2016.

Seminar on elections, democratization, and conflict

Together with the CODE project, DEDERE will host a seminar on Elections, Democratization, and Conflict. Among the participants will be Kelly McMann (Case Western Reserve), who will present a paper on Electoral Freeness and Fairness: The Connection between Subnational and National Elections. The event takes place on April 20, 2016. See program

Political science vs. Law

DEDERE was well represented with five players (Lasse Rørbæk, David Andersen, Jakob Tolstrup, Suthan Krishnarajan, and Svend-Erik Skaaning) in the researcher team from Department of Political Science that won 1-0 against researchers from Department of Law - both Aarhus University. The game took place on April 21 before the female and male students, respectively, from the different departments played against each other. Political science won all three games. 

Participation in rule of law conference at Stanford University

Svend-Erik Skaaning will present a paper on the measurement of the rule of law using V-Dem data in connection to the conference on The Rule of Law, Non-Law, and Social Order. The conference is organized by the World Justice Project's (WJP) Rule of Law Research Consortium and will take place on May 6-7, 2016.

V-Dem Annual Conference

The annual Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) conference takes place in Gothenburg on May 16-18. The conference includes V-Dem affiliates and external presenters and discussants(including the DEDERE-members Agnes Cornell and Michael Aagaard) and on the last day also practitioners. Svend-Erik Skaaning has been partly responsible for organizing the conference.  

Workshop participation at Essex University

Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning will present papers in connection to the workshop From Transparency to Replication in Qualitative Inference: Guidelines and Tools. The workshop is hosted by Kristian S. Gleditsch and Florian Kern and will take place at Essex University on May 23-24, 2016. 

Workshop on the Foundations of Regime Instability and Conflict

Together with the CODE project, DEDERE is hosting a workshop on the foundations of regime stability and conflict. The external participants include Kristian S. Gleditsch (Essex University/PRIO), Ragnhild Nordås (PRIO), Dag Tanneberg (WZB/Humboldt), and Julian Bruckner (WZB/Humboldt). The workshop takes place on June 2-3, 2016. See program.

Workshop on Historical V-Dem

Svend-Erik Skaaning will participate in an workshop on the historical measurement of political institutions in connection to a project headed by Jan Teorell and Carl Henrik Knutsen. The workshop takes place in Florence at the European University Institute on June 6-7, 2016.

Workshop on Political Repression and Violence

Together with the CODE project, DEDERE will host a workshop on political repression and violence at Aarhus University, March 14-15. Besides members of the team, the workshop includes scholars from Yale University, Humboldt University, St. Andrews, Essex University, and University of Oslo. See program.

Release of the Varieties of Democracy dataset

The Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) dataset has been publicly released. DEDERE has contributed to the funding, and two DEDERE members, Svend-Erik Skaaning and John Gerring, have been in front of the large-scale data collection process as PIs. See more.

Job opening: Assistant professor

DEDERE's sister project CODE (Conflict and Democratization) now has a job opening for an assistant professorship with a special emphasis on the relationship between social group dynamics and violent conflict. See more

Merete Bech Seeberg on the impact of election observation

Merete Bech Seeberg has written an article on the impact of international election observation the Danish weekly Weekendavisen. See more (in Danish)

Michael A. Seeberg on Myanmar (and Mongolia)

DEDERE member, Michael A. Seeberg, has been interviewed for the national Danish radio (P1) about the democratic perspectives after the elections in Myanmar/Burma (link to interview, in Danish). Moreover, he has recently published an article about Mongolia in the Danish weekly Weekendavisen (read article, in Danish).

Lexical Index of Electoral Democracy released

The dataset underlying the construction of the Lexical Index of Electoral Democracy has just been released. It can be found under datasets on the DEDERE webpage under datasets or dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/skaaning 

 

 

PI of V-Dem

Svend-Erik Skaaning has replaced Jan Teorell (Lund University) as co-PI of the Varieties of Democracy data collection project. Besides Skaaning, the PI board is now constituted by John Gerring (also mmber of DEDERE), Staffan Lindberg, and Michael Coppedge. Together with Jan Teorell and Michael Bernhard this group of scholars also heads the affiliated V-Dem research project.

Best article award

The DEDERE member Michael Aagaard Seeberg has received the Frank Cass 2014 Award for Best Article by a Young Scholar published in Democratization. The award winning article, “Mapping Deviant Democracy”, appeared in volume 21, issue 4 (pp. 634-654). The Frank Cass Prizes are awarded annually for articles that most enhance our knowledge and understanding of democratization. The Frank Cass Award for Best Article is open to all contributors appearing in the relevant volume. Nominations for consideration for the award are made by the editors. The judges are drawn from the Editorial Board and International Advisory Board.

Workshop on historical regime developments

DEDERE will host a workshop on historical regime developments. Participants will include team members as well as Thomas Ertman from New York University and Rasmus Fonnesbæk Andersen from University of Copenhagen. The workshop takes place December 3-4, 2015, at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. See program 

Michael A. Seeberg on Myanmar (and Mongolia)

DEDERE member, Michael A. Seeberg, has been interviewed for the national Danish radio (P1) about the democratic perspectives after the elections in Myanmar/Burma (link to interview, in Danish). Moreover, he has recently published an article about Mongolia in the Danish weekly Weekendavisen (read article, in Danish).

Lexical Index of Electoral Democracy released

The dataset underlying the construction of the Lexical Index of Electoral Democracy has just been released. It can be found under datasets on the DEDERE webpage under datasets or dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/skaaning 

 

 

Workshop on State Bureaucracy and Democratic Development

David Andersen and Agnes Cornell will host an international workshop on State Bureaucracy and Democratic Development at Aarhus University, October 15-16, 2015.

Prestigious travel grant

David Andersen has been awarded the EliteForsk travel grant of 200,000 DKK by the Danish Independent Research Council. See more.

PhD defense

Merete Bech Seeberg carried out a successful oral defense of her dissertation (The Power to Control: How State Capacity and Economic Control Condition the Effect of Authoritarian Elections on Regime Stability) on May 29, 2015, at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. The members of the assessment committee were Jørgen Møller, Carl Henrik Knutsen, and Gerardo Munck. Merete will continue her affiliation with DEDERE when she takes on the position as assistant professor in connection to the CODE project.

Participation in APSA annual meeting

J. Møller, Skaaning, Gerring, Cornell, Rørbæk, and Tolstrup will present papers at the APSA annual meeting in San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015. Merete Seeberg will present a paper in connection to the pre-APSA workshop in San Francisco organized by the Electoral Integrity project. 

Funding from Innovationsfonden

A group of DEDERE members, headed by Jørgen Møller as project leader, have received 16 million DKK in funding from the Innovationsfonden for a project on Conflict and Democratization (CODE). See more

Visiting professor at the WZB

Svend-Erik Skaaning will be visiting professor at the WZB (Social Science Research Center Berlin) from June 19 to July 19, 2015, where he will be affiliated with the team of Wolfgang Merkel.

Participation in EPSA conference

The DEDERE members Fenja Møller, Lasse Rørbæk, David Andersen, Jørgen Møller, Agnes Cornell, Henrikas Bartusevicius, Jakob Tolstrup, and Svend-Erik Skaaning will present papers at the EPSA conference in Vienna, June 25-27, 2015.

Participation in Council For European studies conference

Møller and Skaaning will present the paper What Do We Know about Interwar Regime Changes? Established Findings and Neglected Issues at the CES conference in Paris, July 8-10, 2015. Furthermore, Skaaning will act as discussant on the pre-conference (July 7) Second Annual Graduate Workshop on Comparative Historical Research on Europe, which will take place at Science Po.

V-Dem conference

Skaaning is co-organizing a Varieties of Democracy conference in Gothenburg, May 26-28, 2015, where scholars affiliated with V-Dem and invited experts will discuss papers based on the most recent version of the V-Dem dataset. Skaaning and Gerring are co-authors on a series of the papers to be presented.

Special issue with Democratization

The special issue on the state-democracy nexus, edited by Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning, has now been published. Among the contributors are the DEDERE members David Andersen, Agnes Cornell, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk, and Merete Bech Seeberg. See more.

4-0 against the law school

DEDERE members Lasse Lykke Rørbæk and Svend-Erik Skaaning were part of the political science 'researchers team' that won 4-0 against researchers from the law school on April 30. See more.

Researcher of the year

Jørgen Møller has received the researcher of the year award 2014. The selection was based on votes from his colleagues at Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. See more 

Funding from the Norwegian Research Council

The DEDERE members, Agnes Cornell, John Gerring, and Svend-Erik Skaaning are part of the research project Disentangling the Economic Effects of Political Institutions (DEEPI), headed by Carl Henrik Knutsen (University of Oslo), which has received approximately 7 million NOK in funding from the Norwegian Research Council. DEEPI will study the impact of regime components and particular institutions on economic growth and redistributive policies. Political institutions are widely thought to matter; yet, it remains unclear which exact institutional structures matter, what outcomes they matter for, and which background factors condition these relationships. This knowledge gap stems, in part, from the lack of data tracking detailed institutional features over time. DEEPI will construct the Historical Varieties of Democracy dataset with about 220 institutional indicators coded back to 1800 for all independent countries, and expand the Social Policies around the World dataset on eligibility features and redistributive potential of different social policy programs (from 19th century). These datasets, with long time series, provide unprecedented opportunities to identify effects of particular institutions, which are often slow-moving and highly correlated.

Funding from Swedish Research Council

Together with a group of international researchers, the DEDERE members Agnes Cornell and Svend-Erik Skaaning have received 6 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council for research on political institutions and the historical origin of economic development. See more

Participation in ISA convention

Bartusevicius and Skaaning will present the paper Revisiting the Democratic Civil Peace Hypothesis: Electoral Democracy and Civil Conflict in connection to the ISA convention in New Orleans, February 18-21, 2015. 

Postdoc financed by the Danish Research Council

Henrikas Bartusevičius has received a postdoc grant of 1,802,186 DKK from the Danish Council for Independent Research to pursue a research project on Overconfidence and Civil Conflict. The funding means that he will return to Department of Political Science at Aarhus University.

Workshop on civil conflicts and coups

DEDERE will host a workshop on Civil Conflicts and Coups: Changes, Causes, and Consequences. The workshop will take place on January 23-24 at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. See program.

Research award

Svend-Erik Skaaning has received the 2014 BSS Research Prize, which is awarded to a young, talented researcher at the School of Business and Social Sciences. Read more.

The Civil Liberty Dataset (CLD) has just been released

Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning have just made the Civil Liberty Dataset (CLD) publicly available. It covers all countries of the world and presents scores for freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, freedom of movement, and freedom of religion for the period 1977-2010. See more under datasets.

Workshop on Democracy: Practice and Theory

Jørgen Møller will present a paper on 'Regime types and democratic sequencing', and Svend-Erik Skaaning will present the paper on 'Democratic spells in interwar Europe: the borderline cases revisited' in connection to the workshop Democracy: Practice and Theory. The workshop take place December 11, 2014, at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University.

Keynote Speech

Svend-Erik Skaaning will deliver a keynote speech in connection to the conference on "Democracy, the State and Informal Politics in Comparative Perspective", which is organized by Department of Political Science at Charles University in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. The conference will take place at Charles University in Prague on November 20, 2014.

Participation in Rule of Law conference at the at The University of Chicago Law School

Svend-Erik Skaaning will present the paper Tracking the Rule of Law (co-authored with Jørgen Møller) at the conference What We Know and Don’t Know About The Rule of Law organized by the World Justice Project and Tom Ginsburg. The conference takes place at The University of Chicago Law School, October 31 - November 1, 2014.

Participation in workshop on political regime development in interwar Europe

Svend-Erik Skaaning will present a paper on when and where democracies broke down in interwar Europe at the workshop Nach dem „Großen Krieg“: Vom Triumph zum Desaster der Demokratie 1918/19-1939. The workshop takes places October 6-8, 2014, at the Hannah-Arendt-Instituts für Totalitarismusforschung, Dresden.

Participation in workshop on hybrid regimes

Merete Bech Seeberg and Svend-Erik Skaaning will present papers in connection to the workshop on The Power of Elections in Autocratic Regimes: Stabilising or Democratizing Authoritarian Rule?, which will take place in Heidelberg, September 15-16, 2014. 

 

Presentations at the APSA annual meeting

DEDERE will be represented at the APSA annual meeting in Washington, August 28-31, by Agnes Cornell, John Gerring, Jørgen Møller, and Svend-Erik Skaaning who will all be representing papers on the measurement and explanation of democracy.

Workshop on Varieties of Democracy and Autocracy

Scholars affiliated with DEDERE and V-DEM are co-chairing a workshop in connection to the Nordic Political Science Congress in Gothenburg, August 12-15, 2014. The title of the workshop is Varieties of Democracy and Autocracy: Disentangling Patterns and Relationships. See more

PhD Course on Political Regime Developments in Comparative Perspective

DEDERE has the pleasure of inviting PhD students to the PhD course Political Regime Developments in Comparative Perspective. Through discussions of a wide repertoire of concepts, theories, and methodological strategies, the PhD course provides a comprehensive, advanced background for evaluating and constructing theories and empirical results in the field of political regime developments. The course will take place at Aarhus University, June 27 – July 1, 2014. See more.

Professor appointments

Two DEDERE members, Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning, have become professors at the Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University (since January 1, 2014).

Participation in the ECPR joint sessions of workshops

Besides co-hosting the workshop on democratic regressions, DEDERE will also be represented with paper presentation by Agnes Cornell, Jakob Tolstrup, Jørgen Møller, Michael Seeberg, and Svend-Erik Skaaning at the ECPR joint sesions of workshops in Salamanca, April 10-15, 2014. 

Democratic Regressions: Patterns and Causes

Together with Professor Wolfgang Merkel (WZB/Humboldt University), DEDERE will organize a workshop on democratic regressions in connection to the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Salamanca, April 10-15, 2014. See more

Participation in CES conference in Washington D.C.

Svend-Erik Skaaning will be presenting a paper (co-authored with Jørgen Møller), Mapping Political Regime Developments in Interwar Europe: A Multidimensional Approach, at the CES conference in Washington D.C., March 14-16, 2014.

Presentation at Center for European Studies

Athe Center for Europena Studies, Harvard University, Svend-Erik Skaaning will be presenting a paper (co-authored with Jørgen Møller and Jakob Tolstrup) on international influences and democratic regression in interwar Europe. The event will take place place in the Cabbott Room on March 12, 12.15-13.30.

DEDERE member co-recipient of major research grant

The researchers behind the project entitled Varieties of Democracy, including Svend-Erik Skaaning from DEDERE, have just received a major grant to fund their research on democratisation. The project is based on new data on all countries of the world. The ambition is to provide a better explanation of why some countries are more democratic than others.

Why do some countries become and remain democratic while others do not? This is the fundamental question posed by the researchers behind the project Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem). A grant of SEK 37.6 million from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences now enables V-Dem to expand from an extensive data collection project to a full-blown research project aimed at finding explanations for democratic development. One of the six principal investigators is Svend-Erik Skaaning from Aarhus University.

“This grant allows us to add a new and important dimension to our current collaborative work. We are all devoted to this project of finding out what promotes and impedes democratic development, so we are really looking forward to delving deeper into these issues,” says Skaaning.

It is the vastness of the data combined with new ideas about what causes democratisation, which form the basis of the new project and the innovative research.

PhD defence

The oral defense of Michael Seeberg's PhD dissertation will take place on February 7 (14.15-16.00) in Aufitorium AI. After his defense, Seeberg will continue his affiliation with DEDERE when he becomes assistant professor in comparative politics at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark.

Article selected for anniversary special issue

The article Stateness First? by Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning has been selected by the editors of Democratization to be included in a virtual special issue celebrating the journal's 20 years anniversary.

PhD defense

Henrikas Bartusevicius will defend his PhD dissertation (viva voce) on December 13, 2013. The title of the thesis is The Inequality-Conflict Nexus Re-Examined.In his lecture, Bartusevicius will provide a discussion of the importance of understanding diversity of conflict and different forms of inequality when interrogating the inequality-conflict nexus. see more

Workshop on Democracy, State, and Conflict

On December 5-6, 2013, DEDERE will host a workshop on Democracy, State, and Conflict. See more

DEDERE member visiting scholar at Harvard University

Svend-Erik Skaaning has been accepted as visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. During his stay (from January to June in 2014), Skaaning will cooperate with Daniel Ziblatt and work on the conditions of democratic stability in the interwar years.

DEDERE members win university football tournament

DEDERE was represented by no less than three affiliated scholars (Jørgen Møller, Lasse Lykke Rørbæk, and Svend-Erik Skaaning) on the winning team of the 7-a-side university football tournament in Aarhus (September 28). see article and picturessee video

Conference: Measuring Democracy

DEDERE will co-host an international conference on the measurement of democracy together with the research group on democracy (German Political Science Association) and the research committee on the quality of democracy (IPSA). The conference will take place in Frankfurt, September 29-October 1, 2013. See programme

Causes and consequences of political regime developments

DEDERE hosted a workshop on the causes and consequences of political regime developments, August 19, 2013. see more

Paper presentations at the APSA annual meeting

At the APSA annual meeting in Chicago, August 29 - September 2, 2013, Jørgen Møller, Svend-Erik Skaaning and Jakob Tolstrup presented a paper on demonstrations effects, internal pressure, and democratic survival in Interwar Europe in connection to the panel "(Democratic) International Influences on Authoritarian Resilience and Regime Change". Moreover, John Gerring and Svend-Erik Skaaning presented a paper on a lexical approach to measurement (using electoral democracy as a showcase) in connection to the panel "Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem): Taxonomies.

Guest researcher

Andres Hinrichsen, currently in the PhD programme in Political Science of Trinity College, was a guest researcher at Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University. During his stay, Andres was connected to DEDERE and work with Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning.­

Paper presentation at Council for European Studies conference

Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning will present the paper Economic Crisis and the Breakdown of Democracy in the Interwar Years: A Reassessment in connection to the panel Crisis, Breakdown & Recovery In 20th-Century Europe.

Council for European Studies conference, Amsterdam, June 25-27, 2013.

Seminar on Historical Democratization in Northern Europe

In connection to a visit by Professor Daniel Ziblatt (Harvard University), DEDERE will host a one-day seminar on historical democratization in Northern Europe. The seminar will take place at Aarhus University on June 20, 2013. 

See the programme 

Participation in Matchpoints 2013

In connection to the Matchpoints 2013 conference at Aarhus University, Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning will present their research agenda on the state-democracy nexus, Lasse Rørbæk will present a paper on ethnic power relations and state repression, and Michael Seeberg will present a paper on civil society, party institutionalization, and democratic stability. The conference takes place on May 23-25. See programme

New PhD scholar affilated with DEDERE

Lasse Lykke Rørbæk has recently been enrolled as PhD scholar at the Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University, where he will be connected to DEDERE as affiliated researcher. The topic of his dissertaion is the association between ethnic power relations and the repression of human rights. 

DEDERE reseachers win football match against Law

With Jørgen Møller, Lasse Rørbæk, Jakob Tolstrup, and Svend-Erik Skaaning, DEDERE was well-represented in the team of researchers from Department of Political Science that, on May 3, won 2-0 against a team of researchers from Department of Law at Aarhus University. See more (in Danish) 

Call for postdoc

A postdoc position is open with the research group DEDERE. Applicants are expected to hold – or be close to completing – a PhD in political science (comparative politics or international relations).

Read more

Paper presentation at workshop on Democracies Today

Møller and Skaaning will present a paper on economic development and democratic survival at the workshop Democracies Today: Constitutions, Cultures, Practices, University of Oslo, April 11-12, 2013.

Seminar: Democratic Stability and Hybrid Regimes

On March 21-22, Alexander Schmotz, a PhD scholar from Humboldt University/WZB Berlin, will visit DEDERE in Aarhus to discuss the impact of economic crisis on democratic stability in the interwar years and the dynamics of hybrid regimes. 

Elite Researcher conference

Svend-Erik Skaaning was honored together with other recipients of prizes and Sapere Aude grants at the Elite Researcher conference hosted by The Danish Council for Independent Research at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, February 7, 2013. 

Paper presentation at ECPR joint sessions of workshops

Jørgen Møller and Jakob Tolstrup took part in the workshop International Dimensions of Authoritarian Rule and present a paper with the title 'The International Order and Democratic Breakdown in Interwar Europe: A Reappraisal'.

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Mainz, Germany, March 11-16, 2013.


Skaaning gives lecture at University of Bergen

Skaaning presented the paper Disaggregating the Third Wave in connection to a research seminar at the Department of Comparative Politics in Bergen on January 30, 2013.

Workshop: Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective: Conceptions, Conjunctures, Causes, and Consequences

In November, Dedere hosted a workshop on Democracy and Democratization in a Comparative Perspective: Conceptions, Conjunctures, Causes, and Consequences.

Read more and see the workshop programme

Skaaning gives lecture at University of Notre Dame: Dealing with Democratic Diversity

Svend-Erik Skaaning gives a lecture at the workshop 'Measuring Democracy Working Group' at the University of Notre Dame, USA. The title of the lecture is "Dealing with Democratic Diversity".

Time & place

Tuesday, November 20
12:30 pm
C103 Hesburgh Center
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Indiana, USA