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Wolfgang Merkel


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel, born in 1952, studied political science, history, sports, and “international relations” in Heidelberg and Bologna; teaching and research at the universities of Bielefeld, Mainz, Harvard, Madrid, and Heidelberg; since 2004 director of the research unit “Democracy: Structures, Performance, Challenges” at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB); professor of political science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Research areas include: research on political regimes, democracy, and transformation, parties and party systems, comparative public policy, social justice and reform of the welfare state; since 2004 deputy chairman of the Fachkollegium Sozialwissenschaften in der DFG (review board for the social sciences of the German Research Foundation); member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat beim Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (advisory council of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).