Empirical Study of Autocracy: Konstanz

Event date: 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 22:00

Worskhop  on “The Empirical Study of Autocracy (ESTA)” September 10-13, 2017.



Given recent political developments in Europe and worldwide, there is little reason to expect that autocracy is receding. This workshop brings together researchers studying the various dynamics of autocratic rule using rigorous empirical approaches. The workshop includes three tracks:

(1)  Institutions: How do different autocratic institutions secure autocratic power or pave the way for democratization?

(2)  Information: How do informational dynamics affect autocratic rule? Does modern ICT threaten or strengthen leaders?

(3)  Indicators: How can we empirically capture different aspects of closed autocratic systems? What new datasets exist for scholarly research on autocracy?

Marinov will likely contribute to (1) or (2).  The workshop starts on Sunday (Sept 10) with a joint dinner in Konstanz, and ends on Wednesday (Sept 13) in the afternoon. We expect to have around 22 presentations, with slots of 45min for each paper. For participants arriving early, we will try to organize a social event on Sunday (to be confirmed).


Nils B. Weidmann

Professor of Political Science

University of Konstanz