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The Liberal International Order (LIO) is increasingly under stress: Among the transatlantic core, the Biden Administration will not resume U.S. leadership in world affairs, let alone hegemony. (Right-wing) populist challenges are unlikely to recede on either side of the Atlantic. China is increasingly assertive, particularly with regard to core liberal values such as international human rights and the rule of law. Many states in the global South contest the LIO as both exclusionary and partial to the wealthy in the global North. Last not least, exogenous challenges such as Covid-19 and climate change further challenge the LIO’s resilience. The roundtable with leading experts from around the world will discuss these and other contestations of the global liberal order including possible remedies.
The liberal script assigns the free market as the key mechanism of allocation, which invariably results in uneven outcomes. Welfare states attempt to reduce inequalities via, for instance, progressive taxation. Efforts to address one form of inequality may negatively impact another inequality. For instance, efforts to increase gender equality may lead to greater inequality across social class. In addition, the sustainability of welfare states becomes questionable when faced with reduced tax bases due to declining birth rates, aging populations, and tax evasion. Adding to that complexity are the rights and opportunities for immigrants in a given country. This panel invites contributions on questions such as: Are the current contestations part of a longer-term social history, or are they more a product of a post-Cold War world? What happens to public support for the welfare state as inequality increases? Is the crisis of the liberal script a crisis of capitalism?
Academic freedom is constitutive of the liberal script in so far as it is inherent to individual self-determination and social progress. International and European Law protect academic freedom as a core value, yet freedom of science and the academic profession are increasingly under pressure in many countries all over the world. Where academic freedom is contested, we often also observe rejection of scientific evidence and Expertise, alongside open attacks on (scientific) facts and findings. Why and how is academic freedom contested? Who contests it and how do different contestants and contestations relate to each other? Which arguments are employed? The panel invites contributions from various disciplines.
Political polarization has been a much-debated topic in recent years. Strong polarization has the potential to impair society’s ability to reach consensus, making it more likely that social groups with irreconcilable interest form and put burdens on pluralistic foundations of liberal democracies. To better understand and describe political polarization in Germany, this panel brings together four papers with different perspectives on political polarization. The first two contributions evaluate the extent of two types of polarization conceptualizations. On the one hand, Traber et al. focus on public opinion polarization, the degree to which issue preferences diverge between different social groups. Their analysis reveals that the polarization of issue preferences has been surprisingly stable in Germany. Wagner and Harteveld, on the other hand, study affective polarization, as the dislike between citizens with opposing political identities in multiparty-systems. Using 30 years of data from Germany reveals the extend of out-party animus and proposes explanations for variation between parties. The other two contributions focus on the effect of events on polarization. Ellger studies the effect that politically motivated crimes against politicians can have on polarization in Germany. The results suggest that violent acts can generate political divides in societies. Similarly, Hunger and Hutter study the polarization in German society that emerges as a consequence of protest against the corona measures. Taking together, the four contributions of the panel describe the extend of polarization and investigate the effects of violent and protest events on polarization in Germany.
While the typologization and comparison of political systems with regard to states had become an established part of political science early on, international organizations (IOs) have long been analyzed primarily in individual case studies. Given the more than 400 IOs that states have created since the end of World War II, it is surprising that the systematic comparison of IOs has only recently become the subject of political science. Distinctions between regional and global IOs, between program and operational IOs, and between mission-specific and cross-purpose IOs, have been complemented by recent work on the institutional design of IOs. This not only shows that IOs vary in the extent to which they are legalized, differ in terms of the endowment of their own authority, involve transnational actors to varying degrees, or seek to promote deliberation among state actors to varying degrees. These recent studies also seek to explain the observed variance and/or discuss possible implications, for example, for the effectiveness and legitimacy of governance beyond the nation-state. Following on from this and similar research, the panel "International Organizations in Comparison" would like to explore the following research questions and invites submissions of relevant papers: How do IOs differ in terms of their effectiveness and how can observed differences in performance be explained? How do IOs cope with increasing pressures to reform and what strategies are particularly promising to address them? What are the forms of resolution of deficit IOs and why do IOs differ in this respect, and what implications does this have for global governance?
Political Theory and Global History in Dialogue” commences an interdisciplinary dialogue on the central question—what is anticolonial solidarity? It is important to pose this question now, when appeals to “solidarity” proliferate among politicians and public health officials seeking to legitimate otherwise unpopular mobility restrictions. Their picture of solidarity in elite frameworks of nationalist-communitarianism or liberal-internationalism, however, contrasts sharply with ways of seeing solidarity typical of transnational anticolonial movements. Engaged citizens and activists continue to contest local injustices rooted in global structures of European colonialism and the legacies of informal imperialism: from the so-called Mediterranean “refugee crisis” to state-corporate invasion of indigenous territory at Standing Rock or Unist’o’ten. From this perspective, the rhetorical performance of a “crisis of solidarity” occludes the vibrant history and present of more radical, transformative practices of anticolonial solidarity. We thus propose to approach our question by thinking about both solidarity and anticolonialism together, as well as reflecting on the importance of histories of freedom, oppression, and resistance in the formation of contemporary solidarities.
Michael Zürn in conversation with Claus Offe, moderated by Yara Hoffmann
Location: silent green Kuppelhalle Gerichtstraße 35 13347 Berlin
Since at least World War II and incorporated into the UN Charter, several liberal principles have characterized the international order, such as (collective) self-determination, basic human rights, an open international economic system, as well as rule-based and principled multilateralism. For the past ten years or so, this liberal international order (LIO) has become increasingly contested, both from within core Western powers (right- and left-wing populism) and external challengers (China, Russia, etc.). The roundtable will discuss these various contestations from global perspectives. Participants from around the globe will raise critical issues with regard to the LIO and its inclusionary as well as exclusionary features. Open to registered participants of the WISC Conference
The Effects of Global Populism: Assessing Impact on the International Order (Registration Mandatory)
This online workshop will bring together a group of twenty International Relations (IR) scholars who share a common interest in research on the international dimension of contemporary populism. During two days, participants will offer critical insights on the implications of the rise of populist leaders in global politics. Organized in four roundtables, participants will discuss the best approaches to study the effects of populism on foreign policy and diplomacy, international cooperation and regional integration, international security and human rights, and international economy and trade. The workshop aims to contribute to the growing debate, both within and outside the SCRIPTS Cluster, about the potential impact of populist phenomena on the international order established after World War II and consolidated in the post-Cold War era.
Book Launch Discussion - "Riding the Populist Wave: Europe's Mainstream Right in Crisis" - Prof. Dr. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, IRC Senior Fellow
Location: Freie Universität Berlin Video conference
Policy-makers and academics have long promoted an agenda that sees well-governed, democratic and consolidated states in the Global North as the model for stabilisation efforts and development programmes. However, areas of limited statehood with weak and ineffective institutions can be found everywhere–and still be well-governed.
Speakers: Tanja A. Börzel (Freie Universität Berlin) and Thomas Risse (Freie Universität Berlin). Presentation of the Book "Effective Governance Under Anarchy: Institutions, Legitimacy, and Social Trust in Areas of Limited Statehood" hosted by the Journal Regulation & Governance
Workshop organizers: Tanja A. Börzel (Freie Universität Berlin) Julia Langbein (Centre for East European and international Studies, Berlin)
With: Tanja A. Börzel , Marcelo Caruso , Gudrun Krämer , Lena Röllicke , Gwendolyn Sasse , Lukas Stoetzer Moderation: Volker Wieprecht
Location: Humboldt Forum Berlin
Location: silent green, Berlin
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s Institute of Political Science, The Cluster of Excellence, “Contestation of the Liberal Script” and the Pontificia Universidad Católica do Rio de Janeiro's Institute of International Relations are soliciting abstracts for a three-day online workshop, titled “ International Actors and the Contestation of Liberal Democracy ,” to be held March 24-26.
Ad Hoc Session: Public Discourses on the Admission of Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Similarities and Differences between Countries
Scripts PI Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards and Dr. Daniel Drewski are organizing an ad hoc session with the topic "Public Discourses on the Admission of Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Similarities and Differences between Countries" at the 40th Congress of the German Sociological Association. The 40th Congress of the German Sociological Association (DGS) in Berlin ›Societies under Tension‹ focuses on societal tensions, conflicts, diagnoses of the re-ordering of societies and the corresponding challenges for sociology as a social science. Please find the session overview below. Participation is only possible for congress participants.
Conference: Global Leadership Crisis, Rising Inequalities, and Culture Wars Contestations of the Liberal Script in North America
On September 14-16, 2020, SCRIPTS will co-host its first regional conference with our international partner, the University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY), entitled “Global Leadership Crisis, Rising Inequalities, and Culture Wars Contestations of the Liberal Script in North America”. Thanks to an open call for papers, we will have a great set of contributions from various disciplinary backgrounds with speakers from all over the globe. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference will take place virtually, but we very much look forward to three days of stimulating discussions. Please check out the program below for further information! The conference is non-public and participation is restricted.
Location: Freie Universität Berlin Dahlem Cube @Seminaris Campus Hotel Takustr. 39, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Location: Freie Universität Berlin "Rostlaube", Room L 113 Habelschwerdter Allee 45 14195 Berlin
Location: Berlin Science Week Campus at the Museum für Naturkunde Lecture Hall - 1st floor Invalidenstraße 43 10115 Berlin Public Transport: U Naturkundemuseum
Location: John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Room 216, Lansstraße 7-9
Location: Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin Room 203
IRC Senior Fellow Hans-Jürgen Puhle is giving a presentation at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Location: Humboldt University Berlin Georgenstraße 23 10117 Berlin Room 607 6th floor
Presentation "Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the North American Borderlands"
Location: Freie Universität Berlin John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies Lansstraße 7-9, 14195 Berlin Room 203