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Political Science at FAU

The Political Science Institute has been a driving force of the discipline in Germany since its foundation in 1961. The Institute’s seven locally anchored research clusters have wide international outreach and stand out for their strong scientific output and practical orientation. Our research and teaching focuses on challenges to democracies and states that deviate from the democratic norm, on the accelerating changes in the international order, and on managing technological innovation. Read more…

Political Science has often been blind to political developments and changes beyond political centers as it focused almost exclusively on the national level. A new edited volume from the DFG-funded project on Decentralization in the Arab world at Erlangen’s Institute of Political Science now helps to diminish these caveats. The authors of the contribution widen their scientific scrutiny to subnational governance, informal politics and the importance of peripheral areas. Based on extensive fieldwork, the articles in this Open Access volume close important gaps in the vastly underresearched area of comparative decentralization reforms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

In May, FAU’s Eric Voegelin Library acquired valuable new research material collected over decades by Prof Dr Jürgen Gebhardt and Prof Dr Klaus Vondung. The Library is located at FAU’s Institute of Political Science, at the Chair of Political Philosophy, Theory and History of Ideas, in Erlangen and ...