Posterausstellung Forschungsschwerpunkt Governance, Democracy, Solidarity

Governance, democracy, solidarity

This key research area examines the change of governance in different policy fields, geographical regions and political spaces, as well as the corresponding shifts in the form and function of social order, statehood and democracy. In this context, national states are regarded as levels of the institutionalisation of democracy and as communities based on mutual solidarity, in which solidarity has been established, for instance, in the form of social security systems, and in which moral obligations towards mutual support exist. Under the keywords of new forms of governance and ‘transnational solidarity’, studies focus on the extent to which shared identities, values and norms are changing along with massively increasing interdependence at the supranational level. Theoretical and political questions of democracy are another commonality of this key research area, as democratic structures and processes are also changing. These questions can be effectively studied 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