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08Aug 2023

New RC officers elected during World Congress 2023

At the business meeting during the IPSA World Congress in Buenos Aires, members and interested colleagues discussed suggestions for future activities of RC34 “Quality of Democracy” and elections for RC officers were held. 

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11Dec 2022

New publication: Special Section "China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Curse or a Blessing for Democracy in Eurasia?"

The Special Section "China’s Belt and Road Initiative: A Curse or a Blessing for Democracy in Eurasia?" is fruit of a 2021 international workshop co-organized by IPSA RC34 "Quality of Democracy" and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.


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29Apr 2022

International Workshop "The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its Impact on Human Rights Compliance along the 'New Silk Road'"

On 16 May 2022, RC34 co-organized a workshop on the BRI's Impact on Human Rights, a follow-up on the 2021 IPSA RC34/OSCE Academy workshop on 'China's BRI: curse or blessing for democracy?'. The event took place at Maecenata Foundation in Berlin, Germany, with both face-to-face and online participation. 

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19Jul 2021

New board members elected during World Congress 2021

While the tenure of the current Chair/Vice Chair continues until the next World Congress in 2023, all other board members had to be newly elected or re-elected during the 2021 IPSA World Congress.

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01Mar 2021

International Workshop "China's Belt and Road Initiative: curse or blessing for democracy in Eurasia?"

From 12-14 March 2021, RC34 held the international workshop “China's Belt and Road Initiative: curse or blessing for democracy in Eurasia?”, hosted by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and organized by Brigitte Weiffen (The Open University, Milton Keynes, and Chair of RC34) and Anja Mihr (OSCE Academy Bishkek). 

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20Oct 2020

RC34 publications

Over the past few years, the academic events organized by RC34 have led to several collective publications about the quality of democracy. 

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17Oct 2020

Special Issue: Democracy in the Time of COVID-19

Several members of RC34 contributed to a special issue of the journal Democratic Theory on Democracy in the Time of COVID-19, which explores the impact of the global pandemic on democracy. 

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03Sep 2020

Call for Papers: "China's Belt and Road Initiative: curse or blessing for democracy in Eurasia?"

IPSA RC34 "Quality of Democracy" is planning the next international workshop on “China's Belt and Road Initiative: curse or blessing for democracy in Eurasia?”, The workshop intends to explore the impact of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative on democratization and autocratization in Eurasia and elsewhere. Organized by Brigitte Weiffen and Anja Mihr, the workshop is currently planned for 12-14 March 2021 at the OSCE Academy Bishkek. 

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03Sep 2020

International Workshop "Rising Democracies, Interrupted"

From 1-3 June 2020, RC34 organized the Interrnational Workshop "Rising Democracies, Interrupted".

With a focus on the fate and role of “rising democracies”, the workshop studied the current crisis of democracy, 

Watch the video of the Opening Roundtable "The quality of democracy in times of Covid-19"

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11Oct 2019

New Direction of RC34

Brigitte Weiffen and Dirk Kotzé now leading RC34

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02Mar 2017

International Conference - “Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties”

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) is organizing an international conference that will be held on 4-6 December 2017 in Hannover, Germany. Chaired by Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner, the conference will take place in Hannover’s Palace of Herrenhausen.

More information about the Conference at https://hannover2017.ipsa.org/

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15Dec 2016

RC 34 Perfomed a Seminar in Chile: “Quality of Democracy: NEW RESEARCH AGENDA”

Seminar “Quality of Democracy: NEW RESEARCH AGENDA”

Santiago de Chile, September 14th and 15th, 2016


The development of democratic quality in Latin America displays a mixed record. Latin Americans today live in freer and more democratic countries than ever before, nearly all Latin American countries have resumed a growth path and most governments are governing more effective than their predecessors did. At the same time, scholars state a persistently low quality of democracy across a large number of countries.


Organizers with Chilean President, Ms Michelle Bachelet


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16Nov 2016

New Board Composition

During the 24th World Congress in Poznan last July, a new board was elected to rule the Research Committee on Quality of Democracy.


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11Apr 2016

Call for Papers: Seminar Quality of Democracy: New Research Agenda

The planed Seminar on “Quality of democracy in Latin America” aims at bringing together scholars in order to discuss theoretical as well as empirical challenges in the study of Latin American democratic quality. Contributions should relate to the exposed questions in single case or comparative studies or should address theoretical or methodological challenges regarding the study of quality of democracy in Latin America. The proposals should register in three items:

a) Democratic theory,
b) Methodology about quality of democracy,
c) Empirical research of democracies.

Please find the Call for Papers here: Workshop_Chile.pdf


23Jan 2015

Conference “Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology”, Rovinj (Croatia) | 2-3 October 2015

RC 34 together with RC 10 (Electronic Democracy), RC 22 (Political Communication) and the University of Zaghreb will organize a conference on "Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology" in Rovinj (Croatia) from 2 to 3 October 2015.

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29Sep 2014

IPSA World Congress 2014

We thank all members of Research Committee 34 for joining our panels on the IPSA World Congress 2014 in Montreal. It was a pleasure to discuss a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on “Quality of Democracy” and to see that we could successfully continue the cooperative and productive work we started in this Committee in Madrid 2012.

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10Oct 2013

International Workshop “Measuring Democracy”

International Workshop “Measuring Democracy” held from 29 September to 1 October 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany

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24Sep 2013

IPSA World Congress of Political Science

Overview of panels planned for the 2014 IPSA World Congress in Montréal

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28Nov 2012

IPSA World Congress 2012

Looking back on the IPSA 2012 conference in Madrid we thank all members of Research Committee 34 for their participation and their contribution, which resulted in fruitful discussions and an inspiring atmosphere.

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16Jun 2011

Announcement and Mission

Proudly Announcing The new IPSA Research Committee 34 Quality of Democracy

IPSA is pleased to announce the launch of the new research committee on Quality of Democracy (RC 34)

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