Wolfgang Merkel

Wolfgang Merkel (WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre) is the Director of the “Democracy and Democratisation” research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin, and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is also a non-party member of the Basic Values Commission of the Executive Committee of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). His publications include Demokratie und Krise (ed., 2015); The Future of Representative Democracy (2011, with Sonia Alonso and John Keane) and The Capacity to Reform (2008) which has been translated into German, Chinese and Vietnamese. He authored more than 200 journal articles on subjects of democracy and democratisation, 21st-century dictatorships, political parties, comparative public policy, the future of social democracy, welfare states and social justice.


"Social justice and the three worlds of welfare capitalism"
4th International conference of the Group for Social Engagement Studies, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory
Social Justice: New Perspectives, New Horizons
May 4-6, 2016

"Is Capitalism Compatible with Democracy?"
Reflections on Capitalism
June 22nd – 27th 2015
“Thinking Beyond Capitalism”, 24th – 26th June

Seminar with Wolfgang Merkel
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