GS01 Comparative Political Institutions

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Prof. Ferdinand Mueller-Rommel

The study of political institutions has vital relevance for examining new nationalism across the world which is the main theme of the 2020 Congress. Institutions often shape the opportunity structures for political mobilization. They also influence political behavior and determine political outcomes. Yet, political institutions are also constantly under change which makes it more difficult to predict their effect on political outcomes. What is our knowledge about the impact of political institutions on new nationalisms and how have scholars approached this issue?

Papers and proposals should focus on theoretically-informed and empirically based studies that investigate how political institutions function formally and informally under changing external conditions. How is the new nationalism and the new political order effected by the variety of political institutions? Which political institutions have a stronger/weaker impact on the emergence and development of new nationalism? In this context, the effects of political institutions may be assessed at different levels. At the micro level, we may ask for the effect of political institutions e.g. on voting behavior and on new forms of participation in social movements. At the macro level, we need to examine the observable impact of political institutions e.g. on raising ethnic issues, political violence, transitional justice, and economic performance. The comparative perspectives of papers and proposals can encompass intraregional as well as cross-country studies. We welcome proposals that address established democracies, young democracies and autocratic regimes.