Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

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.

The Center’s activities include

  • conducting research projects on legitimacy and performance of democracy on a cross-national, comparative as well as a national and local level
  • hosting international research conferences and workshops on cutting-edge themes in democracy research as well as research methods
  • conducting and coordinating international primary data collections, especially the World Value Survey and the database of Central and Eastern European political systems and governments
  • sponsoring doctoral and postdoctoral research at the Center in the field of democratic institutions through full-time fellowships
  • hosting frequent guest lectures of both renowned scholars as well as young researchers
  • facilitating research and graduate training in the study of democracy as well as in research methods and data analysis by organizing PhD seminars and  Summer Schools; participating in inter-university networks of graduate schools and institutes in Northern Germany.
  • assisting to establish contacts between academia and policy-makers

Brief history

The interdisciplinary ‘Center for the Study of Democracy’  was founded on June 2, 2004 by recommendation of the 'Academic Commission of the State of Lower Saxony’ under its chairman Professor Dr. Hans-Dieter Klingemann. Founding director and chairman of the Center from 2004 to 2018 was Professor Dr. Ferdinand Müller-Rommel. 


15 Years Report (2004-2021)

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!
The archive can be found here

Doctoral Programme "Democracy under Stress"

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

The young scientists researched current "stress factors" for democracy. The focus was on the question of how the new political, economic, ecological and cultural challenges facing modern democracies are perceived, dealt with and overcome. It also examined how dealing with the problems affects the durability of democracy. The work has focused on the three research areas of participation, representation, and inclusion, thus capturing the core functions of democracy.

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.

Do you want to load external content supplied by Youtube?
With your consent, further personal data will be transmitted to, among others, Google in the USA in order to show you Youtube videos. However, the European Court of Justice has deemed the level of data protection in the USA, measured against EU standards, to be insufficient. There is also the possibility that your data may then be processed by US authorities. If you click on “Yes“, the data will only be passed on for the display of this video. If you click on “Always“, the data is generally passed on when Youtube videos are displayed on our site. For more information, please refer to our Privacy policy.