Political Theory and Policy Analysis

The primary areas of scholarly interest of the professorship on Political Theory and Public Policy include theory of democracy, policy research and environmental, science and technology studies and their interrelations. Questions concerning the possibilities and limits of democratic problem solving and conflict regulation in differentiated policy fields are an important focus of research. Complex problems and transformation processes with a high potential for conflicts involving civil society in the fields of environmental and technology policy play a major role in this regard. Further areas of research include conceptual foundations and functions of policy studies in a democracy, the role of experts in processes of democratic deliberation and decision making and approaches to democratize expertise in policy advice and counselling. In this context, research focusses on the analyses of the challenges that tensions between rational and inclusive strategies pose for democratic governance and the theory of democracy.




    • Gundula Meyer