Working Group 1: Democracy

The working group focuses on how democracies manage conflict in productive ways. It investigates the question how democratic processes and structures enable a positive interplay of trust and mistrust in situations of conflict. The aim of the joint research of the group is to identify components of a specific democratic conception of trust in conflict and to distinguish negative or pathologic forms of political trust from it.


Sarah Brockmeier

PhD student

Profile, contact and publications
Sarah Brockmeier ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin und Doktorandin in der Forschungsinitiative „ConTrust – Vertrauen im Konflikt“ an der Hessischen Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK) und der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Sie ist außerdem Non-Resident Fellow am Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. Ihre derzeitige Forschung konzentriert sich auf die Frage, ob und unter welchen Umständen Bürgerdialoge zu Außenpolitik das politische Vertrauen von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern beeinflussen. Von 2012 bis 2021 arbeitete Sarah Brockmeier als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin beim GPPi zu den Themen deutsche Außenpolitik, Krisenprävention, Stabilisierung und Friedensförderung. Von 2016 bis 2020 leitete sie den PeaceLab-Blog und moderierte in diesem Rahmen auch den Podcast „PeacebyPeace“. Sie studierte Internationale Politik und Geschichte an der Jacobs University Bremen und an der Sciences Po Paris sowie Internationale Beziehungen an der Universität Cambridge.

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Publications on the research topic
Brockmeier, Sarah 2021: „World Out of Joint”: Citizen Dialogue on Foreign and Security Policy, in: Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt Stiftung (Hrsg.): Living Democracy!, Hamburg, S.70-75.

Rotmann, Philipp / Bressan, Sarah / Brockmeier, Sarah 2020: Neue Erwartungen: Generation Z und Einstellungswandel zur Außenpolitik, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin.

Brockmeier, Sarah / Rotmann, Philipp 2019: Krieg vor der Haustür, Bonn: Dietz-Verlag.

Brockmeier, Sarah/Rotmann, Philipp 2019: Weit Genug Gedacht? Drei Jahre PeaceLab im Rückblick, in: SIRIUS – Zeitschrift für Strategische Analysen, 3:4, 378–935.

Adebahr, Cornelius / Brockmeier, Sarah /Li, Melissa, 2018: Stärkung von Bürgerdialog zu Außenpolitik in Deutschland, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Brunhöber

Principal Investigator

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Prof. Dr. Beatrice Brunhöber (1975) is Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Philosophy of Law and Comparative Law at Goethe University and Executive Director of the Institute of Criminal Law and Philosophy of Law. Since 2018, she is Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” and now at the follow-up research center. She is currently Goethe Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften (Institute for Advanced Studies). She studied law at Humboldt University Berlin, where she received her PhD in 2009 with a thesis on democratic representation (Legal Book of the Year 2010) and her habilitation in 2016 with a thesis on data protection by criminal law. In 2015, she was a Junior Fellow at the DFG-Kollegforschergruppe “Bioethics” at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster. In 2017, she was appointed W3 professor at Leibniz University Hannover. In 2018, she turned down a call to Ruhr-University Bochum and accepted an appointment at Bielefeld University, where she held the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Philosophy of Law, and Comparative Law with a special focus on interdisciplinary legal research.

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Phone: +49 (0)69 798 34341

Postal address
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Department of Law
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 4
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Publications on the research topic
Brunhöber, Beatrice 2010: Die Erfindung „demokratischer Repräsentation“ in den Federalist Papers, Tübingen.

Brunhöber, Beatrice 2016: The Federalist Papers, Federalism and Democratic Representation, in: Heidemann, Dietmar/Stoppenbrink, Katja (Hrsg.): Join, or Die: Philosophical Foundations of Federalism, Berlin, p. 133-152.

Brunhöber, Beatrice 2014: Von der Unrechtsahndung zur Risikosteuerung durch Strafrecht und ihre Schranken, in: Greco, Luis/Hefendehl, Roland/Hörnle, Tatjana (Hrsg.): Festschrift für Bernd Schünemann. Streitbare Strafrechtswissenschaft, Berlin, p. 3-15.

Brunhöber, Beatrice 2022 (forthcoming): Grundrechtliche Sonderstellung des Strafrechts? in: Bäcker, Matthias/Burchard, Christoph (Hrsg.): Strafverfassungsrecht, Baden-Baden, 30 pp.

Brunhöber, Beatrice 2022 (forthcoming): Criminal Law of Global Digitality, in:
Kettemann, Matthias C./Peukert, Alexander/Spiecker, Indra gen. Döhmann (Hrsg.): The Law of Global Digitality, London, 20 pp.

Dr. Ilaria Cozzaglio

Postdoc

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Dr Ilaria Cozzaglio (*1990) is research associate at the Research Centre Normative Orders of the Goethe University Frankfurt. She obtained her PhD in Political Studies from the University of Milan (2018), and was visiting researcher at University College London (2016). Previously, she completed her MA (2014) and BA (2012) in Philosophy at San Raffaele University (Milan). Her research interests concern political realism as a normative approach to elaborating political concepts such as legitimacy, progress and trust, and to addressing political phenomena such as populism. Her work has been published in international outlets such as the European Journal of Philosophy, the European Journal of Political Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Constellations, Social Theory and Practice, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and others.

She currently investigates the notion of political trust and its relation to conflict, as part of a broader elaboration of the normative standards for democratic legitimacy that emerge from people’s beliefs. Particular attention is given to the distinction between democratic and populist understandings of political trust.

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Phone: +49 (0)69 798 31516

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Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Research Center Normative Orders
Max-Horkheimer-Str. 2
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Publications on the research topic
Cozzaglio, I. (2021) “Legitimacy between Acceptance and Acceptability: A Subjects-first View”. Social Theory and Practice. Early view: https://doi.org/10.5840/soctheorpract2021121014.

Cozzaglio, I. (2021) “Concetto e concezioni della legittimità: il realismo politico tra contestualismo e principi universali”. Biblioteca della Libertà. Early view: https://www.centroeinaudi.it/images/abook_file/BDL_2021_02-Cozzaglio.pdf.

Cozzaglio, I. (2020). “Political Realism, Legitimacy, and a Place for External Critique”. Philosophy and Social Criticism. Early view: https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453720948391.

Cozzaglio, I. (2020). “Can Realism save us from Populism? Rousseau in the Digital Age”. European Journal of Political Theory. Early view: https://doi.org/10.1177/1474885120906928.

Cozzaglio, I., and Greene, A., (2019). “Can Power Be Self-Legitimating? Political Realism in Hobbes, Weber, and Williams”. European Journal of Philosophy 27(4): 1016-1036.

Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff

Speaker and Principal Investigator

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Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, born 1974, is a Professor for International Relations and Theories of Global Orders at Goethe University Frankfurt and Executive Director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. She is also the co-spokesperson of the newly established Research Institute for Social Cohesion (RISC) as well as the co-initiator of the research initiative “ConTrust: Trust in Conflict. Political Life under Conditions of Uncertainty”. Her main research areas are International Relations, the role of norms in International Relations, international institutions as well as the study of conflicts and various forms of protests. She has been a guest professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a guest researcher at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. In 2017, she has received the Schader-Preis. She has also been awarded with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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Phone: +49 (0)69 959104 0

Postal address
Goethe University Frankfurt
Research Network Normative Orders, Room 1.11
Max-Horkheimer-Strasse 2
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Publications on the research topic
Deitelhoff, Nicole/Steininger, Silvia (2022): Against the Masters of War: The Overlooked Functions of Conflict Litigation by International Courts, in: The International Adjudication of Mega-Politics, 84:4, 95-122.

Deitelhoff, Nicole/Daase, Christopher (2021): Rule and resistance in global governance, in: International Theory, 13:1, 122-130.

Deitelhoff, Nicole (2021): Konflikt: Quelle oder Gefährdung gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalts?, in: Blätter der Wohlfahrtspflege, 47-51.

Deitelhoff, Nicole (2020): What’s in a Name? Contestation and Backlash Against International Norms and Institutions, in: British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 22:4, 715-727.

Daase, Christopher/Deitelhoff, Nicole (2018): Opposition and Dissidence: Two Modes of Resistance against International Rule, in: Journal of International Political Theory, 15:1, 11-30.

Dr. Chiara Destri

Postdoc

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Dr. Chiara Destri (1986) is postdoctoral researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt and member of the project “ConTrust: Trust in Conflict” working on the philosophy and political theory of trust, with special reference to democratic theory. She has been Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, postdoc at Justitia Amplificata in Frankfurt, and, more recently, Marie Curie Fellow at Sciences Po Paris.

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Publications on the research topic
Destri, Chiara. 2021. ‘Democratic Politics and the Circles of Trust’. In Trust Matters: Cross-Disciplinary Essays, edited by Raquel Barradas de Freitas and Sergio Lo Iacono. London: Hart Publishing.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

F.A.Z. Foto / Röth

Co-Speaker and Principal Investigator

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Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (1964) is Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Goethe University and Co-Speaker of the Normative Orders Research Center, Speaker of the DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Justitia Amplificata” and of the Leibniz Research Group “Transnational Justice”. Main research interests: theories of justice, democracy and toleration, critical theory and moral reasoning. Publications include: Contexts of Justice (1994; University of California Press 2002), Toleration in Conflict (2003; Cambridge University Press 2013), The Right to Justification (2007; Columbia University Press 2012), Justification and Critique (2011; Polity 2013), Normativity and Power (2015; Oxford University Press 2017) and Die noumenale Republik (2021); all published by Suhrkamp Verlag and translated into many languages. In 2012, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the British Academy.

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Phone: +49 (0) 69 798 31540

Postal address
Goethe-University Frankfurt
Normative Orders
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, Raum 4.01
60323 Frankfurt

Publications on the research topic
Forst, Rainer: “Dynamiken des Vertrauens. Demokratie und Solidarität in der Krise”, in: Frank-Walter Steinmeier (ed.), Zur Zukunft der Demokratie. 36 Perspektiven. München: Siedler 2022.

Forst, Rainer: Die noumenale Republik. Kritischer Konstruktivismus nach Kant. Berlin: Suhrkamp 2021.

Forst, Rainer und Klaus Günther (Ed.): Normative Ordnungen. Berlin: Suhrkamp 2021.
Toleration, Power and the Right to Justification. Rainer Forst in Dialogue. Manchester: Manchester University Press 2020.

Forst, Rainer: Normativität und Macht. Zur Analyse sozialer Rechtfertigungsordnungen. Berlin: Suhrkamp 2015, translations into English (Oxford University Press) and Italian (Mimesis).

Prof. Dr. Vera King

Principal Investigator

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Prof. Dr. Vera King, born 1960, is Professor of Sociology and Psychoanalytic Social Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Goethe-University and Director of the Sigmund-Freud- Institute Frankfurt/M. since 2016. Previously, 2002-2016, she was Professor of Development and Socialization Research at the University of Hamburg; 1997-2002 University Assistant (C 1) at Goethe-Univ. Frankfurt/M., where she habilitated in Sociology in 2002 and received her doctorate ‘summa cum laude’ in 1995. Her research focuses on the socio-psychological analysis of social transformations. She conducts research on the impacts of digitalization (e.g., in the ongoing collaborative project ‘Das vermessene Leben’, speaker: King), on optimization requirements in the context of changing time relations (e.g., in the DFG research project ‘Reproductive Timing’, since 2022), and on shifts in social pathology and normality (e.g., in the collaborative project APAS, ‘Aporias of Perfection in Accelerated Modernity’, until 2018, speaker: King). Meanings and changes of life phases and generational relations are further foci, also in the context of the ongoing interdisciplinary doctoral program ‘Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Flight. Generational dynamics and adolescent trajectories’ (speaker King). Contemporary anti-democratic or authoritarian syndromes are examined in a pilot study with a view to dynamics of trust and distrust from a social psychological perspective.

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Homepage Uni Frankfurt
Homepage Sigmund-Freud-Institut
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Phone: +49 (0) 69 971204148

Postal address
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
PEG Building, Room 3.G 018
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Publications on the research topic
King, Vera 2021: Autoritarismus als Regression, in: WestEnd. Zeitschrift für Kritische Sozialforschung, Stichwort ‘Destruktivität und Regression im Rechtspopulismus’, 18(1), S. 87‒102.

King, Vera 2021: “The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time” – Optimization and the Dissolution of Temporal Boundaries in Accelerated Modernity. Pléyade. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 27, S.42‒60.
King, Vera: Angst und Misstrauen in Zeiten der Pandemie. Erscheint in: PID Psychotherapie im Dialog, 2022, im Erscheinen.

King, Vera 2020: Psyche and Society in Critical Theory and Contemporary Social Research. With special reference to Horkheimer/Adorno and Bourdieu, in: Azimuth. International Journal of Philosophy, 16(2), 15–33.

King, Vera; Gerisch, Benigna & Rosa, Hartmut (Hg.) 2021: Lost in Perfection. Impacts on Optimization on Culture and Psyche, London/New York (extended German edition: Suhrkamp 2021).

Prof. Dr. Ayelet Shachar

Principal Investigator

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Ayelet Shachar (FRSC) is the R.F. Harney Chair and Director of the Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, where she is Professor of Law, Political Science, and Global Affairs. Previously, Shachar was Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. At Goethe University Frankfurt, she is affiliated with the Faculty of Law and the Normative Orders Research Centre. An award-winning author, she has published extensively on the topics of citizenship, global inequality, competitive migration regimes, cultural diversity and gender equality. Her research is motivated by the need to develop new legal principles to address some of the most pressing issues of our time: how to live together in diverse societies, how to grant rights to those who lack formal access to membership, and how to tame the ever-expanding reach of borders and migration control in a world of persistent inequality.
Ayelet Shachar won the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize—Germany’s most prestigious research award for her groundbreaking work on citizenship and the legal frameworks of accommodation in multicultural societies.

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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Hermann-Föge-Weg 11
37037 Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Jens Steffek

Foto: Felicitas von Lutzau

Associate member

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Prof. Dr. Jens Steffek (*1972) is Professor of Transnational Governance at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Associated PI of Contrust. He received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and was a lecturer at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University. He held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Montreal, the WZB Berlin, the University of Pavia and LUISS Guido Carli. His research interests include the history and politics of international organizations, the theory of international relations, international law and democratic theory. He has published nine academic books and some 60 articles and book chapters. His latest monograph is International Organization as Technocratic Utopia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), his latest edited volume Praxis as a Perspective on International Politics (Bristol: Bristol University Press, 2022), co-edited with Gunther Hellmann.

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Phone: +49 6151 1657357

Postal address
TU Darmstadt
S4 23 211
Dolivostr. 15

Publications on the research topic
Steffek, Jens 2021: International Organization as Technocratic Utopia, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Steffek, Jens / Wegmann, Philip 2021: ‘The Standardization of “Good Governance” in the Age of Reflexive Modernity’, Global Studies Quarterly 1(4) https://doi.org/10.1093/isagsq/ksab029.

Steffek, Jens 2019: ‘The Limits of Proceduralism: Critical Remarks on the Rise of ‘Throughput Legitimacy’, Public Administration 97(4): 784-796.

Steffek, Jens 2015: ‘The Output Legitimacy of International Organizations and the Global Public Interest’, International Theory 7(2), 263-293.

Steffek, Jens / Holthaus, Leonie 2018: ‘The Social-democratic Roots of Global Governance: Welfare Internationalism from the 19th Century to the United Nations’, European Journal of International Relations 24(1): 106-129.

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Sutterlüty

Associate member

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Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Sutterlüty is Professor of Sociology with a focus on family and youth sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. His main areas of research are: authoritarianism and right-wing populism, sociology of violence and crime, family and youth sociology, sociology of religion, ethnic conflicts, social theory, and qualitative research methods. After receiving his doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin in 2000, he held positions as postdoc researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main, as assistant professor at the Chair of General Sociology at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, and as professor of sociology at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences North Rhine-Westphalia, Paderborn. From 2007 to 2021, he was a member of the board as permanent fellow and from 2019 to 2021 interim director at the Institute for Social Research. Research stays took Prof. Sutterlüty to Montréal and Edinburgh.

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Phone: +49 069 798 36577

Postal address
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
PEG Building, Room 3.G 062
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt

Publications on the research topic
Sutterlüty, Ferdinand und Almut Poppinga (Hrsg.) 2022: Verdeckter Widerstand in demokratischen Gesellschaften. Frankfurt a. M. und New York: Campus (im Erscheinen).

King, Vera und Ferdinand Sutterlüty (Hrsg.) 2021: Destruktivität und Regression im Rechtspopulismus. Themenschwerpunkt, in: WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, Jg. 18, H. 1, S. 69–151.

Sutterlüty, Ferdinand 2021: Destruktivität des Rechtspopulismus, in: WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, Jg. 18, H. 1, S. 73–86.

Sutterlüty Ferdinand 2020: Reconstructive Critique: A Demonstration Encompassing Two Areas of Research, in: Azimuth, Vol. 8, No. 16: Critical Theory Today. An Old Paradigm for New Challenges?, ed. by Gianluca Cavallo and Giorgio Fazio, pp. 35–55.

Sutterlüty, Ferdinand 2017: Normative Paradoxes of Child Welfare Systems: An Analysis with a Focus on Germany, in: International Journal of Children’s Rights, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 196–230.

Dr. Greta Wagner

Principal Investigator

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Dr. Greta Wagner (1981) ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Arbeitsbereich allgemeine Soziologie der TU Darmstadt und vertritt derzeit die Professur für Soziologie an der Universität Luzern. Ihre Schwerpunkte liegen in der qualitativen empirischen Sozialforschung und der soziologischen Theorie. Sie arbeitet zu Problemen der Moralsoziologie, der Emotionssoziologie und der sozialen Ungleichheit. Greta Wagner war zu Forschungsaufenthalten an der New School for Social Research in New York und der Brown University, zuletzt war sie Member des Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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Phone: +49 69 798-31516

Postal address
TU Darmstadt
Residenzschloss
S3 – 13 313
Marktplatz 15
64283 Darmstadt

Publications on the research topic
Wagner, Greta (2022): “Helping Refugees in Rural Germany. Ambivalences of Compassion”, in: Didier Fassin und Axel Honneth (Hg.): Crises under Critique, New York: Columbia UP.

Wagner, Greta (2021): „Status und Mitleid. Zur Affektökonomie der Einfühlung“, in: Sarah Lenz und Martina Hasenfratz (Hg.): Capitalism Unbound. Ökonomie, Ökologie, Kultur, Frankfurt am Main: Campus.

Wagner, Greta (2020): „Helfen und Kritik. Das Verhältnis von Solidarität und Wohltätigkeit in der Hilfe für Geflüchtete“, WSI-Mitteilungen (5), S. 356-361.

Wagner, Greta (2019): „Helfen und Reziprozität. Freiwilliges Engagement für Geflüchtete im ländlichen Raum“, Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 48(3), S. 226-241.

Trommer, Isabell und Wagner, Greta (2019): „Mitleid und Krise. Zur Aufnahme von Flüchtlingen in der Bundesrepublik“, in: WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung (1), Frankfurt am Main: Campus, S. 123-133.