Born in 1943, Dirk Berg-Schlosser has been professor and Director of the Institute of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany. He has done research and taught at the universities of Munich, Aachen, Augsburg, Eichstätt, Nairobi, Stellenbosch/South Africa and Berkeley. From 1988 to 2000 he chaired the Research Committee on "Democratization in Comparative Perspective" of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). From 2003 to 2006 he was Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), from 2006 to 2009 he was Vice- President of IPSA. He is currently director of the IPSA Summer Schools on Research Methods at the universities of Sao Paulo and Stellenbosch.
His research interests include
- Political culture
- Empirical democratic theory
- Third World studies
- Comparative politics
- Comparative methodology
Recent major publications include: Political Stability and Development (with Rainer Siegler), Political Culture in Germany (with Ralf Rytlewski), Conditions of Democracy in Europe 1919-39 (with Jeremy Mitchell), Perspectives of Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe (with Raivo Vetik) and, Democratization – the State of the Art.
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