2016 programme for the IASGP conference in Prague

The conference takes place under the auspices of H.E. Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to the Czech Republic and H.M. Tomáš Zima, the Rector of Charles University in Prague

42nd Annual Conference  Goethe-Institute Prague, Masarykovo nábr. 32, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic  16th– 17th June 2016 

Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP)




Thursday 16th June

Registration and Coffee                                                                                               09h00 – 09h30

Welcome                                                                                                                        09h30 – 10h00

  • Dan Hough- IASGP Chair
  • Berthold Franke- Director of the Goethe Institute in Prague; Vice-Rector of the Charles University;
  • Ota Konrád- Head of the Chair of German and Austrian Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Charles University

Panel 1: German Parties and Elections                                                                       10h00 – 11h30

Chair: Dan Hough (University of Sussex)

  • Wade Jacoby (Brigham Young University) – Grand coalitions and their discontents
  • Johannes N. Blumenberg (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz) – “The Kretschmann-Effect – A Comparative Analysis of the March 2016 Länder Elections with Special Respect to Candidate Influences on the Election Results”
  • Michael Angenendt (Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf) – Anti-party sentiments among members in German independent local lists: Conceptual framework and empirical analysis

Coffee                                                                                                                                11h30- 12h00

Panel 2: Germany’s European Policy                                                                            12h00–13h15

 Chair: Alister Miskimmon (Royal Holloway)

  • Simon Bulmer (University of Sheffield) & William Patterson (Aston University) – The politicization of German European policy
  • Kirstin Lindloff (TU Braunschweig) – Ain’t no ‘California’ in the European Union? German vehicle emission policies in comparative perspective

Lunch                                                                                                                               13h15– 14h45

Panel 3: Policy Challenges in Contemporary Germany I                                            14h45–16h00

Chair: Patricia Daenhardt (University of Lisbon)

  • Joyce Mushaben (University of St. Louis-Missouri) – Trading places: securitizing refugee and asylum policies in Germany and the United States.
  • Lothar Funk (HS Düsseldorf) – After Chancellor Merkel’s “we can do it”: Is this a trigger for an improved German economy or the opposite?

Coffee                                                                                                                              16h00 – 16h30

Opening words to the German Politics Lecture                                                        16h30 – 16h45

Berthold Franke; Director of the Goethe Institute in Prague;

Prof. Tomáš Zima; Rector, Charles University

H.E. Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Czech Republic

The German Politics Lecture                                                                                       16h45 – 18h15

Chair: Dan Hough (IASGP Chair)

Hanns Maull (SWP, Fellow at the Mercator Institute for Contemporary China Studies)

“Hegemonic, geo-economic, civilian…? German power in Europe and the world”

IASGP Reception                                                                                                              18:15 – 19:00

 sponsored by Taylor and Francis


Annual Dinner                                                                               19:45 onwards

 Restaurant Nebozizek


Friday 17th June 

Panel 4: New Directions in German Foreign Policy: Theory and Cases                  09h00–10h45

 Chair: William Paterson (Aston University)

  • Alister Miskimmon (Royal Holloway) – Shifting narratives of German foreign policy: Narrating change and continuity in German foreign policy post-unification.
  • Vladimír Handl (Charles University) – “Keeping Russia in”: Germany’s ontological security in times of the Russia-Ukraine crisis
  • Jakub Eberle (Charles University) – Embracing the contradictory: competing logics of German foreign policy7
  • Patricia Daenhardt (University of Lisbon) – German foreign policy and international order: defining responses to the global challenges to the Western order

 Coffee                                                                                                                              10h45 – 11h15 

Panel 5: Policy Challenges in Contemporary Germany II                                        11h15 – 12h30

Chair:  Joyce Mushaben (University of St. Louis-Missouri)

  • Ed Turner (Aston University) – Private rented housing: lessons from an Anglo-German comparison
  • Adam Jarosz (University of Zielona Góra) – Politics in urban governments in post-socialist transformation – the new federal states and Poland in comparative perspective

Lunch                                                                                                                              12h30 – 14h00

Panel 6: Political Parties in Germany                                                                         14h00 – 15h30

Chair: Jonathan Olsen (Texas Women’s University)

  • Manuela S. Blumenberg (GESIS) – Comparison of different party spending levels
  • Frank Bandau (Bamberg University)- Failing to square the circle: Explaining the CSU’s recent policy failures by applying the multiple streams framework
  • Aleksandra Kruk (University of Zielona Góra) – ‘The Free Democratic Party (FDP): A Polish Perspective’.

Participants depart


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