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, Department of Political Science