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Main organisation:Department of Political Science
Lifecycle:1 Sep 2007 → Today
Organisation profile:A first large research theme is global governance, and more in particular rule-making beyond the state (Kerwer), with international finance standards as case-study [book in 2012; possible grant from Germany]. Further, an interdisciplinary project on theorizing international organizations as associations of states has been set up.A second research theme is international security (Sauer), more in particular research with respect to nuclear proliferation (e.g. speed and threat [ISA panel 2012], and a PhD about the causes of (non)proliferation), and arms control (e.g. influence of missile defense – with a book published in 2011). A new research line regarding the impact of the emerging states (Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt) on the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime has been started up. Further, a political theoretical PhD about the concept of (democratic) peace from a historical-sociological/constructivist approach is in the making.A third and last research theme is diplomacy (Melissen), more in particular public and economic diplomacy, partly focussed on Asia (China, East Asia). Also the topic of substate diplomacy is analysed. Different book projects have recently been completed, or will be finalized in the near-term future. Four PhD students write their thesis under this heading.The postdoctoral researchers of the research group deal with the following themes: geopolitics and energy; and East Asia (with a special interest in Japan).Methodologically speaking, most of the members of the research group use qualitative methods (esp. case-studies, sometimes in a comparative perspective), and most of the research can most be defined as theory-oriented empirical work.
Keywords:NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY, GEOPOLITICS, INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY, GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
Disciplines:Other economics and business, Citizenship, immigration and political inequality, International and compartive politics, Multilevel governance, National politics, Political behaviour, Political organisations and institutions, Political theory and methodology, Public administration, Other political science, Other social sciences, Archaeology