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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe

Previous Research Projects

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.

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Constitutional Politics in Eastern Europe

  • Anna Fruhstorfer and Dr. Michael Hein
  • Funding period: 2014-2015
  • Financed by: Excellence Initiative (DFG)

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

financed by: BMBF und Tübitak (2011-14)

  • with Prof. Dr. Ayça Ergun Özbolat, Felix Petersen, Anna Fruhstorfer, Maria Haimerl, Rosa Öktem

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Constitutional Politics in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe

  • Anna Fruhstorfer with Dr. Michael Hein (University Greifswald)
  • 2013-2015
  • financed by: Excellenceinitiative (Humboldt-University Berlin)

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

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

  • with Anna Fruhstorfer, Romy Werner
  • financed by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD (2010-2012)
  • Program of the Conference (PDF)
  • Program of the Graduate Workshop (PDF)
  • The results of the academic discussion are published in a special issue of Communist und Post-Communist Studies.

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Implementation of Legal Norms. Violence against Woman in Turkey and Germany

  • with Helin Uçar
  • financed by Bosch Foundation (2009-2011)

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