International Workshop on


Date and Location

26 february 2021



Workshop Description

The workshop addresses the origin and prospects of democracy and dictatorship, policy control and governance structures in comparative political systems and transition processes from dictatorship to democracy and vice versa.  Bringing together scholars interested in interdisciplinary work on comparative political systems is our focus.

We welcome theoretical as well as empirical papers by both economists and other social scientists. In particular, papers may cover topics such as:

  • Political accountability in autocracies and democracies
  • Violence, conflicts, and revolutions
  • Political stability and transitions
  • Institutional change and prosperity
  • Constitutional history of democracy
  • Culture, religion, and political institutions

After successful introduction last year, in 2021 there will be again a special session on the "Political Economy of Europe" sponsored by the Center for European Studies (CefES-DEMS) at Bicocca University. Submissions to the special session may cover topics in:

  • European governance
  • Economic and political dynamics across Europe

Please specify in your submission if your paper should be considered for the special session.


Scientific Board

Thomas Apolte, University of Münster, Germany

Mario Ferrero, University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy

Mario Gilli, Bicocca University Milan, Italy

Yuan Li, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


Deadlines and Submission

Abstract submission deadline: November, 1st 2020 (max. 300 words)

--> Please indicate, if you are submitting for the special session on the Political Economy of Europe

Notification: December 1st, 2020

Full paper submission deadline: January 31st, 2021

Registration open: December 1st, 2020 to January 31st, 2021


Workshop Fees

The workshop is free of charge.


Conference Contact Information

The Chair of Political Economy

Scharnhorststr. 100

48151 Münster, Germany