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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Vergleichende Demokratieforschung und Politische Systeme Osteuropas

Abgeschlossene Forschungsprojekte

Constitutional politics in authoritarian and hybrid regimes

  • Dr. Anna Fruhstorfer
  • Laufzeit 2016-2017
  • Finanziert durch die Volkswagen Stiftung
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This post doc project examines the impact of constitutional politics on the stability of autocratic and hybrid regimes. In line with recent research, it argues that constitutions and constitutional politics have a variety of purposes both in substance and in effect in these contexts. Assuming that ruling alone and absolutely is merely a theoretical possibility, political power is always, even in its most absolute sense dependent on a cohesive group and "a device" (following Ginsburg and Simpser) to control this group. In a surprisingly high number of cases, these devices of choice are constitutions. More importantly, hybrid regimes establish a unique form of commitment to constitutions. This results in fierce political conflicts over amendments. Hence, this project aims to understand how and why constitutional rule in autocratic and hybrid regimes helps to consolidate state power. The project utilizes an event-history approach, which allows to estimate the effects of the factors on the dependent variable (duration of the autocratic regime) over time. The preliminary factors found to hold some predictive power are few leadership changes, defeat in war, and low level of constitutional politics in general. The sample includes the constitutions of independent states that have existed between 1918 and 2015.
 

Forschungsnetzwerk: Constitutional Politics in Post-socialist Eastern Europe

  • Anna Fruhstorfer (in Kooperation mit Dr. Michael Hein)
  • Laufzeit 2013-2015
  • Gefördert aus Mitteln der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin im Rahmen der Exzellenzinitiative von Bund und Ländern

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The Influence of Constitutional Courts on the Process of Transformation. A Comparative Perspective on Turkey and Germany

  • Prof. Silvia von Steinsdorff mit Prof. Dr. Ayşe Ayata, Prof. Dr. Ayça Ergun Özbolat, Felix Petersen, Anna Fruhstorfer, Maria Haimerl, Rosa Öktem, Zelal Özdemir
  • Assoziierte Forscher_innen: Prof. Dr. Eçe Göztepe Çelebi (Bilkent Üniversitesi) und Aydın Atilgan (Hamburg International Graduate School)

  • Laufzeit 2011-14
  • Finanziert durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und den Wissenschaftlichen und Technologischen Forschungsrat der Türkei (TÜBİTAK)

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Advocates or Notaries of Democracy? A Comparative Socio-legal Analysis of the Role of Constitutional Courts in Political Transformation Processes

  • mit Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer, Christian Boulanger, Judith Engelke
  • finanziert von der Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung (2011)
  • Konferenzprogramm (PDF)

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De Facto States in the Post-Soviet Area. Conflict prevention in Nagorny Karabakh and Transnistria

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Implementierung von Rechtsnormen. Gewalt gegen Frauen in der Türkei und in Deutschland

  • mit Helin Uçar
  • finanziert von der Bosch Stiftung  (2009-2011)

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