ZDEMO - Center for the
Study of Democracy

The Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at Leuphana University Lüneburg conducts research on democratic structures and procedures in politics and society, economics and the environment. The central focus of research is on questions of legitimacy and performance of democracy in the 21st century. The Center's research activities focus on three main areas: Value Change and Human Empowerment, Party Government and Institutional Change and Participation and Public Policy. In addition, the CSD engages in active promotion of younger researchers as well as in international and regional networking of democracy research institutions. More

Tuesday Seminar

Every semester ZDEMO/IPW organize a weekly research colloquium - the so called "Tuesday Seminar." It serves as a forum for ZDEMO members and invited external guests to present their ongoing research and book projects as well as discuss burning questions of research and methods in a critical but fair atmosphere among colleagues.  

The Tuesday Seminar is open for all interested students of political science and related fields and takes place every Tuesday from 16:00 -18:00. You will find the current dates in our calendar. You are most welcome to join!

Doctoral Programme "Democracy under Stress"

From 2016-2020 twelve outstanding doctoral students at Leuphana University Lüneburg will be funded with " Ge­org-Chris­toph-Lich­ten­berg-Sti­pen­di­en" from the state of Lower Saxony. The scholarships, worth three-quarters of a million euros, are awarded as part of the "Democracy under Stress" doctoral programme.

The young scientists will investigate current "stress factors" for democracy. The question is how the new political, economic, ecological and cultural challenges facing modern democracies are perceived, dealt with and overcome. It also examines how dealing with the problems affects the stability of democracy. The work will concentrate on the three research fields of participation, representation and inclusion and thus cover the core functions of democracy. Further information can be found here

TED Talk Chris Welzel

In this TED-Talk, Chris Welzel analyzes global cultural change over the recent decades and argues that this change has brought the better moral qualities of our species to the surface--despite the current wave of right-wing populism, which is a reaction to our moral progress.