Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel (HU/WZB Berlin): "Is there a crisis of democracy?"

 

Wolfgang Merkel is Director of the “Democracy and Democratisation” research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is the author and co-author of a number of books, including Nur schöner Schein? Demokratische Innovationen in Theorie und Praxis (2015) and The Future of Representative Democracy (2011) and has published more than 200 articles on such subjects as democratization, 21st-century dictatorships, political parties, comparative public policy,  welfare states and democratic crises. Wolfgang Merkel is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and a frequent commentator on democracy in German media.