About us


Project

The „Democracy Barometer“ project combines the efforts of researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), was developed within the framework of the NCCR Democracy and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

The project has developed an instrument to assess the quality of democracy in 30 established democracies and to measure the fine differences that exist between them. It allows for benchmarking between established democracies and, as democracy is seen as an ongoing process, a critical observation of their democratic development over time.


Research team


Project leaders

bochsler

Prof. Dr. Daniel Bochsler
University of Zürich   |  Profile/Web   |   E-Mail: daniel.bochsler(at)uzh.ch

Is project co-leader of the Democracy Barometer and assistant professor at the NCCR Democracy.



merkel

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel
WZB   |  Profile   | E-Mail: wolfgang-merkel(at)wzb.eu

Director of the research unit "Democracy and Democratization" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), professor of political science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and project co-leader of the Democracy Barometer.




Project team members


buehlmann

PD Dr. Marc Bühlmann
University of Bern   | Profile   | E-Mail:marc.buehlmann(at)ipw.unibe.ch

Former project leader and now collaborator of Democracy Barometer project. Director of Année Politique Suisse at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Berne.




giebler

Heiko Giebler, M.A.
WZB   |   Profile   | E-Mail: giebler(at)wzb.eu

Research fellow in the research unit "Democracy and Democratization" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), working in the research project "PIREDEU - Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union", and project associate of the Democracy Barometer.




wessels

PD Dr. Bernhard Weßels
WZB   |   Profile   |  E-Mail: wessels(at)wzb.eu

Senior research fellow in the research unit "Democracy and Democratization" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), senior lecturer and faculty member at the Department of Social Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and project associate of the Democracy Barometer.




ruth

Saskia P. Ruth
UZH   |   Profile/Web  | E-Mail: saskia.ruth(at)zda.uzh.ch

PostDoc at the University of Zurich and project associate of the Democracy Barometer.




tanneberg

Dag Tanneberg
WZB   |   Profile   | E-Mail: dag.tanneberg(at)wzb.eu

Research fellow in the research unit "Democracy and Democratization" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), member of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS), and project associate of the Democracy Barometer.




Doctoral Students


bousbah

Karima Bousbah, M.A.
University of Zürich | Profile | E-Mail: karima.bousbah(at)zda.uzh.ch

Project collaborator of the Democracy Barometer and a PhD student of Political Science at the University of Zurich.


haenni

Miriam Hänni, M.A.
University of Zürich  |  Profile  | E-Mail: miriam.haenni(at)zda.uzh.ch

Project collaborator of the Democracy Barometer and a PhD student of Political Science at the University of Zurich.


heyne

Lea Heyne, M.A.
University of Zürich  |  Profile  | E-Mail: lea.heyne(at)zda.uzh.ch

Project collaborator of the Democracy Barometer and a PhD student of Political Science at the University of Zurich.




Former project members

Régis Dandoy   •   Stefanie Gerber   •  Ruth Kunz   •  Lisa Müller   •  Lisa Schädel   •  Max Schubiger   •  Isabel Vollenweider   •  David Zumbach



Participating institutions

NCCR Democracy: www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch

Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA): http://www.zdaarau.ch/en/

Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB): www.wzb.eu

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF): www.snf.ch

University of Zurich: www.uzh.ch

Department for Political Science of the university of Zurich (IPZ): www.ipz.uzh.ch

Centre for Comparative and International Studies (University of Zurich - ETH Zurich): www.cis.ethz.ch