Academic Advisory board

Prof. Thomas Carothers

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Vice president for studies, Director of the Democracy and Rule of Law Program 

Research Interests: Democracy Promotion and democratization, US foreign policy, human rights, internsational law, foreign aid, civil society development


Prof. Herbert Kitschelt

George V. Allen Professor of International Relations, Duke Unversity

Research Interests: Comparative political parties and elections in established and new democracies, comparative pilitical economy, 20th century social theory


Prof. Wolfgang Merkel

Social Science Resarch Center Berlin, (WZB, doirector of research unit Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges 

Research Interests: Political regimes, deomcracy and transformation, parties and party systems, comparative public policy, social justice and reform of the welfare state.


Prof. Philippe C. Schmitter

Professor Emeritus, European University Institute

Research Interests:Comparative politics, regional integration in Western Europe and Latin America, post-authoritarian transitions to democracy, inermediation of class, sectoral and prefessional interests.