News from the Chair


Dec 10 2021

DFG Extends Our GovRus Research Project with FU Berlin

We are very pleased to announce that the research project Variations of Governance in Hybrid Regimes: Business, State and Civil Society in Contemporary Russia has been extended until September 30, 2022.

The project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is a collaborative project with Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp and Prof. Dr. Katharina Bloom from the Institute for East European Studies at FU Berlin. We ask what role different patterns of formalized governance structures play in authoritarian systems of rule. Two questions are at the forefront: first, why and to what extent have formalized governance structures formed at the regional level, and second, why is it important to understand these formalized relationships of state and non-state acutators in authoritarian systems. Existing literature focuses almost exclusively on NGOs or other civil society actors when addressing these questions, but in the GovRus project we focus on resource-rich actors such as companies and business associations.

Dr. Benedikt Bender and Prof. Dr. Claudius Wagemann use a qualitative-comparative analysis (QCA) to analyze which specific conditions lead to strong formalized state-business relations in 83 Russian regions and how these can be explained on the basis of political and economic factors. Preliminary results show that the majority of Russian regions have medium to strong governance structures and that these can be explained by a combination of regional, economic strength, and the position of the governor, among other factors. We will complete the analyses in the next eight to ten weeks and prepare the results for publication in relevant journals. 

More information on the research project can be found on the DFG project page.



Prof. Dr. Claudius Wagemann

Professor of Political Science
with a focus on Qualitative Empirical Social Research

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Political Science
Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
post office box 39
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Room: PEG Builing, 3rd floor, room 124
Phone: +49 69 798 36647  
E-Mail: wagemann[at]

Administration office:

open office hours:

Tuesday 1 - 3 p.m.
Friday 9 - 11 a.m.
Room:  PEG, 3rd floor, room 107
Phone: +49 69 798 36510
E-Mail: methoden-qualitativ[at]

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