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Wolfgang Merkel

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 1988-1989


Wolfgang Merkel

Wolfgang Merkel is Director of the “Democracy and Democratization” research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of a number of key bodies, including the prestigious 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 recent book publications include. The Struggle over borders. Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism (ed. 2019 Cambridge University Press; with de Wilde, Koopmans, Merkel, Strijbis, Zürn); Democracy and Crisis. Challenges in Turbulent Times (ed., 2018 with Sascha Kneip, Springer); Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation (ed. with Raij Kollmorgen and Hans-Jürgen Wagener 2018 Oxford University Press); The Future of Representative Democracy (2011, Cambridge University Press, together with Sonia Alonso and John Keane.

Merkel has spoken at CES in the past on the compatibility of capitalism and democracy, and will present on “The Crisis of Democracy in the EU” during his visit as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Kennedy Fellow in the fall of 2016.

Merkel was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship in 1988.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Visiting Researcher, Research Unit Democracy and Democratization, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • Director of the Research Unit Democracy and Democratization, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Policy Fellow 2016-2017, CES, Harvard University
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 1988-1989, CES, Harvard University
  • Visiting Scholar 1988-1989, CES, Harvard University


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