5th International Conference on


Date and Location

24-25 February 2022

University of Münster, Germany

Due to the current pandemic situation, we are planning a fully virtual conference format.


Public Keynotes:

Monica Martinez-Bravo, CEMFI, Spain:

"Trust and accountability in times of the pandemic"

February 24, 2022, 11:00 – 12:30h (CET)


Josiah Ober, Stanford University, United States:

"Can (ancient Greek) democracy be rational? If so, how?"

February 24, 2022, 17:00 – 18:30h (CET)


Conference Description

The conference 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

In 2022, the Center for European Studies (CefES-DEMS) at Bicocca University Milan will again host a special session on the "Political Economy of Europe".
Submissions to the special session may cover topics in:

  • European governance
  • Economic and political dynamics across Europe

Please check the “Consideration for Special Session” upon 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, IN-EAST Institute for East-Asian Studies, Germany


PEDD Yound Scholar Award

We proudly introduce the 1st Annual PEDD Young Scholar Award! A jury consisting of five long-time members of the PEDD community will award the prize of 500 € to the best paper authored by one or multiple researchers under the age of 35 (age by September 1, 2021) – in the case of multiple authors, all authors must be under the age of 35 at the aforementioned date. The prize is awarded based on the written contribution.

If you are eligible and would like to be considered for the PEDD Young Scholar Award, please check the “Consideration for PEDD Young Scholar Award”-box upon submission. We are looking forward to your contributions.


Deadlines and Submission

Abstract submission deadline: September 1, 2021 (max. 300 words, via conference webpage)

Extended deadline: September 15, 2021

Notification: October 15, 2021

Registration deadline: February 6, 2022

Full paper submission deadline: February 6, 2022

Please send your full paper to



In order to register for the conference, please use the link provided in your acceptance notice or contact the PEDD team via email (

If you want to participate in the conference as a virtual guest, you do not need to register. Please send an email to in order to receive the zoom-links for the sessions.


Registration Fees

Virtual speaker, senior researcher: € 30

Virtual speaker, PhD student: € 15


Conference Contact Information

The Chair of Political Economy

Scharnhorststr. 100

48151 Münster, Germany