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David Ausserhofer
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The department investigates how institutions and political actors interact in a democracy - and how efficiently established and young democracies are when it comes to solving economic and social problems. The theoretical framework is embedded democracy - a concept in which democracies are kept intact by systems of government with interlocking partial regimes: an electoral regime, political liberties, civil rights, horizontal accountability and an effective power to govern.

This approach provides a comprehensive analysis of these partial regimes, in relation both to each other and to external challenges to democracy. Researchers focus on the diagnosis of the challenges to democracy, the comparative analysis of institutional systems, such as government or electoral systems, and the comparative study of important political actors such as parliament, administration or jurisdiction.