4th International Conference on


Date and Location

27 - 29 February, 2020

University of Münster, Germany


Keynote Speakers

Roger Congleton, West Virgina University, US

Marta Reynal-Querol, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain


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

This year, there will be 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: September 2, 2019 (max. 300 words)

Note: Extended submission deadline until September 19, 2019

Notification: October 15, 2019

Full paper submission: January 31, 2020

Registration open: October 15, 2019 to January 31, 2020

Please submit your abstract via the online submission form below.


Registration and Conference Fees

Before December 2, 2019:

  • Senior researchers: 100€
  • PhD students: 75€

From December 2, 2019:

  • Senior researchers: 140€
  • PhD students: 100€

Note: Catering during the coffee breaks as well as the receptions/dinner will be provided. Payment can be made after registration (please follow the instructions given during the registration process).

To register, please use the registration link provided by email. 

Please note that payment of the conference fee is required for completing the registration process. Submission fees are non-refundable in case of cancellation of participation.


Planning Your Stay in Münster

A limited number of rooms is provided at special conference rates in six different hotels.

During the conference, there will be a childcare service organized by the family office at the University of Münster. Please send an email to the PEDD Team by January 5th of 2020 if you would like to use this service. 

Further information on accommodation and travelling to Münster can be found here.


Conference Contact Information

The Chair of Political Economy

Scharnhorststr. 100

48151 Münster, Germany



The call for papers can be downloaded here.