Departmental Seminar 2020-21_935x561

19.10.2021-18.01.2022: Departmental Seminar

Im Departmental Seminar stellen Mitglieder und Freunde des Instituts für Politikwissenschaft ihre Forschung vor.

Präsentiert werden Forschungsprojekte und Arbeiten in jeglichem Stadium: Early-Stage-Projekte, Work-in-Progess sowie Publikationen. Anschließend werden die Präsentationen durch die anwesenden Institutsmitglieder und Gasthörer*innen diskutiert und hilfreiche Inputs gegeben. Moderation: Fabian Habersack.

Wir freuen uns, auch Studierende und Interessierte begrüßen zu dürfen! Die Veranstaltungen finden vor Ort sowie im Livestream statt. Keine Anmeldung notwendig.

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Termine für das Wintersemester 2021/22

(jeweils dienstags, 12:30 bis ca. 13:30 Uhr)



Dienstag, 19.10.2021, HS 1 (Sowi)

Julia Mourão PermoserMOURAO PERMOSER Julia

Elise Richter Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Discussant: Martin Senn



Floating sanctuaries: the ethics of search and rescue at sea


Search-and-Rescue NGOs in the Mediterranean have been increasingly criminalized. This criminalization has chilled conversation about the real ethical dilemmas that the practice involves. What, if any, can be the adverse by-products of rescuing life at sea? In this article, we concentrate the dilemmas involved in SAR as seen from the perspective of rescuers. Our aim is twofold. The first is to map the dilemmas from a phenomenological perspective, as they are experienced by rescuers at sea. The paper sheds light on the complexity and nuance of the ethical landscape of maritime rescue, revealing an intricate web of interactions acknowledged by rescuers as posing ethical challenges. The second aim is to offer a conceptual framework for what it is that SAR NGOs are, in fact, doing. We contextualize their actions within the larger terrain of ‘border externalization’, in which states have moved enforcement activities to extraterritorial zones, where human rights law ostensibly does not apply. We thus argue that the set of norms underlying practices developed by SAR NGOs amounts to a strategy of counter-externalization. The idea here is that a window of opportunity can be created at sea, where human rights or international law protections more broadly apply, but enforcement powers of states are suspended. By utilizing these legal grey zones to the benefit of migrants, rescuers effectively turn extraterritorial zones from spaces of lawlessness into spaces of resistance. The rescue ship thus becomes a ‘floating sanctuary’.
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Dienstag, 23.11.2021, HS 1 (Sowi)

AZIM Syed Wasif 2021Syed Wasif Azim

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Dienstag, 14.12.2021, nur online

WILLUMSEN David 2021David Willumsen

Assistenzprofessor für Parlamentarismus und politische Parteien

Discussant: Marcelo Jenny



The political geography of satisfaction with democracy


While a substantial literature explores the drivers of satisfaction with democracy, the potential effects of geography on satisfaction with democracy have so far been ignored. Both centre-periphery and urban-rural dynamics have substantial potential for influencing the extent to which voters are satisfied with democratic rule, yet we know little about the functioning and effects of such dynamics.
Seeking to overcome this lacuna, in this paper, we combine CSES survey data with measures of geographical centrality in a country to explore how the geography of a respondent’s electoral constituency relative to the national capital influences levels of satisfaction with democracy. Our primary explanatory variable is the distance between the electoral district and the national capital. We expect an interactive relationship between geographical distance and the federal or unitary structure of the state, with distance to the capital having a less negative effect in federal countries. We further explore the effect of political (de-) centralisation on satisfaction with democracy using the Regional Authority Index. Using data covering over twenty countries over a period of 25 years, we find that both federalism and decentralisation lowers the negative effects of distance to the capital on satisfaction with democracy.





Dienstag, 18.01.2022, HS 1 (Sowi)

EDER Franz 2021Franz Eder

Assoziieter Professor für Internationale Beziehungen

Discussant: Fabian Habersack



A populist foreign policy? The influence of the Freedom Party on Austria's foreign policy








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