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November 29, 2022: De-Democratization and Gender: A First Attempt at Measuring the Impact

Guest talk by Matthijs Bogaards, Central European University; 4:00 pm; SR 5, SoWi building, University of Innsbruck.

SR 5, University of Innsbruck, SoWi building, 2nd floor, Universitaetsstrasse 15, 6020 Innsbruck (A  (how to reach us)

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

4:00 pm to approximately 5:30 pm

This event is held in English.

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  Please consider the usual safety and hygiene recommendations (i.e. hand disinfection, distance etc.). No mask or "3G" proof mandatory.


The global decline of democracy is accompanied by setbacks in the rights of women and sexual minorities. The Istanbul Convention on violence against women has become a focal point for anti-gender politics, but the problems are wider and the tone of anti-gender movements and politicians is getting shriller. So far, these developments have been documented and analyzed mostly in case studies, for example of prominent cases like Hungary, Poland, and Turkey. In this invited guest talk, Professor Bogaards will present the preliminary results of a comparative examination of the impact of de-democratization on gender equality. Using different operationalizations of both variables, this presentation marks a first attempt to analyze empirically how what some see as a "crisis of democracy" is fuelling what others call a "war on gender".

Prof. Matthijs Bogaards

Matthijs Bogaards is Professor of Political Science at the Central European University. He was previously a full professor at Jacobs University Bremen, and holds degrees from Leiden University and the European University Institute in Florence. He sits on the editorial boards of several major international journals (such as Democratization, Party Politics, and Politics & Governance) and has published widely on political parties and electoral systems in comparative perspective, on measuring democracy, and on the challenge of democracy in divided societies. His current research focuses on terrorism, de-democratization, consociational forms of power sharing, and feminist institutionalism.


Discussant: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ludger Helms, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck


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