Institute of Political Science

National and international cooperation

Since 1976, international cooperation in research and teaching is achieved through direct contacts with other institutes and colleagues abroad, and, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and the US. From 1992-2004, especially intensive cooperation was enabled through the International Center for Academic Cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe (Internationales Zentrum für akademische Zusammenarbeit mit Mittel- und Osteuropa) at the University of Tübingen.

Teaching and research concentrate on "Political Culture and Democratization in Post-Communist Societies". Professor Meyer is a member of the International Center's scientific advisory committee, which was established in 2000.

Cooperation partners are colleagues and institutes for political science at the University of Warsaw and Wroclaw (formerly: Breslau) as well as the Collegium Civitas (Warsaw, Poland), Eötvös Lorand-University and Central European University, Budapest (Budapest, Hungary); University of St. Petersburg and Moscow State Univer-sity (MGU Moscow, Russia; faculties of philosophy, esp. political science/political psychology, and state administration); the universities of Jena and Leipzig; as well as several large American universities.

Numerous research stays and guest professorships by Prof. Meyer and his colleagues at well-known universities in many countries in Europe and the US and of colleagues from other universities in Tuebingen at this chair as well as more than a dozen international conferences organized by this chair and joint publications in four countries have resulted in long-term cooperation. Prof. Meyer was awarded the Golden Medal of the University Wroclaw for his contributions to the cooperation of the Institutes of Political Science of the universities of Tuebingen and Wroclaw.

From 1999 to 2001, a new interdisciplinary and international Ph.D. program on "Political Culture and Democratization in Post-communist Societies", funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, was carried out in cooperation with the International Center for Academic Cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe (see above) was initiated. During seminar-type conferences lasting two weeks (conducted in English) 21 Ph.D. students from East and West present their dissertation projects and were familiarized through lectures with the "state of the art" in this field. In close cooperation with the head coordinator Prof. Meyer, Prof. Andras Bozoki (Central European University, Budapest), Prof. Jadwiga Koralewicz (Collegium Civitas, Warsaw), and Prof. Helen Shestopal (Moscow State University) also acted as coordinators of this program. This Ph.D. program resulted in further contacts and cooperation both among the participants and with/among the four coordinators.

For more than two decades, Prof. Meyer cooperated in many different ways with the "Ost-West-Kolleg der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung" in Brühl near Cologne until its dissolution in 2004.

From 1974 until 1992 Prof. Meyer has been one the representatives ("Vertrauensdozent") of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation at the University of Tübingen. Professor Meyer is also: