Posterausstellung Forschungsschwerpunkt Governance, Democracy, Solidarity

Governance, democracy, solidarity

This key research area investigates the change of governance in different policy fields, geographical regions and political spaces, as well as the corresponding shift in the form and function of social order, statehood and democracy. In this context, national states are regarded as communities based on mutual solidarity, in which solidarity has been institutionalised, for instance, in the form of social security systems, and in which moral obligations towards mutual support exist. Under the heading of transnational solidarity – especially in the context of the European integration and in view of growing interdependence – an analysis is carried out as to what extent identities, values and norms that are shared at the supranational level in fact transcend regional, ethnic and national boundaries, or whether opposing tendencies exist, aimed at defining those values in an increasingly narrower sense. Theoretical and political questions of democracy are another commonality of this key research area, as democratic structures and processes are also changing, and can be effectively investigated from the perspectives of cultural and social anthropology, communication, sociology and political science, taking into account the interactions between these disciplines.



Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Bw. Dr. Ulrich Brand (Political Science)


Ilker Ataç (Political Science), Brigitte Bargetz (Political Science), Tobias Boos (Political Science), Ulrich Brand (Political Science), Gerda Falkner (Institute for European Integration Research), Jörg Flecker (Sociology), Sarah Ganter (Communication), Katharina Kleinen (Communication), Christof Lammer (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Hanna Lichtenberger (Political Science), Karin Liebhart (Political Science), Marion Löffler (Political Science), Gundula Ludwig (Political Science), Peter Maurer (Communication), Ingrid Metzler (Science and Technology Studies), Hermann Mückler (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Ursula Naue (Political Science), Tina Olteanu (Political Science), Stefan Ossmann (Communication), Katharina Paul (Political Science), Otto Penz (Political Science), Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Sieglinde Rosenberger (Political Science), Katherine Sarikakis (Communication), Dieter Segert (Political Science), Peter Schweitzer (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Georg Spitaler (Political Science), Birgit Sauer (Political Science), Tatjana Thelen (Social and Cultural Anthropology)