German Association for Political Science

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The German Association for Political Science ( DVPW , until the end of 2016 German Association for Political Science ) is a scientific professional association of political scientists who are active in research and teaching. The association aims to promote the advancement of political science. The DVPW was founded in 1951 and has the legal form of a non-incorporated association . In May 2020 the association had over 1850 members.

In 1983 the organization split up, resulting in the establishment of the German Society for Political Science (DGfP). From 2003 to 2012, the DVPW awarded every three years by Theodor Eschenburg named Theodor Eschenburg price .



Anyone who teaches, researches, publishes or otherwise works for political science in public life can become a full member. In addition to having completed a university degree, the prerequisite is evidence of a scientific publication (excluding gray literature ).


The chairman of the DVPW is Armin Schäfer , his deputies are Miriam Hartlapp and Tanja Klenk . Vera van Hüllen is the managing director.

Former Chair


The association is divided into eleven sections:

Section " Development Theory and Development Policy "

" International Relations " Section

Section "Methods of Political Science"

Section " Policy Analysis and Public Administration "

Section "Politics and Gender"

Section " Political Economy "

Section " Political Sociology "

Section " Political Theory and History of Ideas "

Section "Political Science and Political Education "

Section " System of Government and Governance in the Federal Republic of Germany"

Section " Comparative Political Science "

In addition to the sections, as of May 2020 there are 25 working groups and eight “themed groups”.


Congresses and meetings

Every three years the DVPW organizes a large scientific congress. In 2018 it took place at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and was entitled "Borders of Democracy - Frontiers of Democracy". The penultimate congress on caution safety. Legitimation problems of the order of freedom took place from September 21 to 25, 2015 in Duisburg . The sections, working groups and ad hoc groups usually meet once or twice a year for smaller meetings. In addition, the three scientific professional associations for political science DVPW, ÖGPW and SVPW have been organizing joint "three-country conferences" on a regular basis since 1996.


The publications of the DVPW include the specialist journal Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS) and the DVPW-Rundbrief , which was discontinued in 2015 and is available electronically on the homepage from No. 125 (2001) to No. 153 (2015).

Theodor Eschenburg Prize

From 2003 to 2012, the DVPW awarded the Theodor Eschenburg Prize to political scientists for life's work every three years. The award ceremony took place as part of their major scientific congress. It was named after Theodor Eschenburg , one of the founding fathers of Federal Republican political science.

Prize winners:

In 2011 it became known through archive finds that Theodor Eschenburg was involved in the “ Aryanization ” of a factory in Berlin in 1938 . As a result, at the DVPW Congress in September 2012, it was discussed whether the Theodor Eschenburg Prize should be renamed. An expert opinion that the DVPW had commissioned from an employee of the DVPW chairman recommended that the award be renamed. A fierce controversy arose over Eschenburg's role in National Socialism , which was carried out, among other things, in specialist magazines and in daily and weekly newspapers (see Eschenburg debate ). On October 26, 2013, the DVPW decided not to award the award any more.

DVPW young talent award for the best dissertation

Every year since 2002, the DVPW has been awarding a prize for young talents worth 1000 euros for the best political science dissertation published in the previous year . The award-winning work will be honored with a laudation in the Politische Vierteljahresschrift.

Prize winners:

Further DVPW science awards

Between 2004 and 2009, the DVPW awarded sponsorship prizes for the best post-doc work, endowed with prize money of 1,000 euros.

Prize winners:

  • 2004: Susanne Lütz for her book The State and the Globalization of Financial Markets. Regulatory politics in Germany, Great Britain and the USA
  • 2005: Olaf Asbach for his book State and Politics between Absolutism and Enlightenment. The Abbé de Saint-Pierre and the development of the French Enlightenment up to the middle of the 18th century
  • 2006: Klaus Schlichte for his book Der Staat in der Weltgesellschaft. Political rule in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • 2007: Antonius Liedhegener for his book Power, Moral and Majorities. Political Catholicism in the Federal Republic of Germany and the USA since 1960
  • 2008: Joachim Blatter for his book Governance - theoretical forms and historical transformations ;
    Matthias Bohlender for his book Metamorphoses of Liberal Government Thought : Political Economy, Police and Pauperism
  • 2009: Astrid Lorenz for her book Constitutional Changes in Established Democracies. Motives and negotiation patterns

In addition, two special science prizes with prize money of 2000 euros have been awarded so far:

  • 2006: Science
    award for a work in the field of gender research Award winner: Barbara Holland-Cunz for her book The Government of Knowledge. Science, politics and gender in the knowledge society
  • 2009: Science
    award for a work from the research area “Sustainable Politics” Award winner: Philipp H. Pattberg for his book Private Institutions and Global Governance. The New Politics of Environmental Sustainability

Women in the DVPW

After the proportion of women in the DVPW was very low for a long time, this has slowly changed since around 1990 with the increasing proportion of women in political science education. At the end of 2008, around 26% of all members of the association were women; in September 2015 the quota was 30.05%. However, these numbers are disproportionate to the proportion of women in diploma and master’s degrees in this discipline, which in 2007 was a good 47%.

In addition, there are far fewer female professors and private lecturers among the women represented than among the men. This is mainly due to the fact that the female members of the DVPW are considerably younger than the male, which means that further scientific career steps such as the habilitation have not yet been completed.

However, it only makes sense for women - and men - to become members of the DVPW if they work in political science. It is therefore pointed out that it is particularly important to align the gender composition of the academic staff in the political science institutes with that of the students and to increase the percentage of women doing doctorates and habilitation again. The DVPW appears to be less attractive for young female scientists; Although the association is committed to promoting young talent, the advancement of women is rather modest. It is repeatedly suggested that targeted workshops for young female researchers should be offered, direct supervision of female doctoral candidates and closer exchange between female doctoral candidates should be promoted.

The “Politics and Gender” working group was set up in 1991. At that time, a group of women political scientists took the initiative to establish a network between women working in political science and politics in science, political associations, institutions and projects. Until then, contacts and exchange between university women and non-institutional women and gender researchers as well as with theoretical and practical work on women’s projects were rare. The working group is in close contact with the “Network of women working in political science and politics”, the femina politica. Journal for feminist political science and on the "Standing Committee for Questions on the Advancement of Women" (StAFF) of the DVPW.

Web links

supporting documents

  1. ^ Articles of Association. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  2. a b goals. German Association for Political Science, accessed on December 23, 2014 .
  3. ^ Wilhelm Bleek : History of Political Science in Germany. C. H. Beck, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-406-47173-0 , p. 363.
  4. Tobias Bartels: One discipline - two specialist societies !? Causes and backgrounds of the relationship between DVPW and DGfP. In: Wilhelm Knelangen , Tine Stein (ed.): Continuity and controversy. The history of political science at the University of Kiel. Klartext Verlag, Essen 2013, pp. 481-519, ISBN 978-3-8375-0763-8 .
  5. ^ DVPW: Board of Directors. Retrieved May 7, 2020 .
  6. Archived copy ( Memento of the original from July 18, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Congress announcement on the website
  8. See: Hartwig Hummel / Wilhelm Knelangen : Caution, Safety. Problems of legitimation of the order of freedom. Report from the 26th Scientific Congress of the DVPW at the University of Duisburg-Essen, 21. – 25. September 2015, in: PVS, Volume 57, Issue 1 2016, pp. 1–10.
  9. DVPW circulars
  10. Awards of the DVPW, on the Theodor Eschenburg Award see the years 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012.
  11. ^ Report on the DVPW Congress 2012
  12. Hannah Bethke: Theodor Eschenburg in the Nazi era. Expert opinion on behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of DVPW , September 3, 2012.
  13. DVPW does not pass on its Lifetime Achievement Award. Political scientists draw conclusions from the controversy surrounding Theodor Eschenburg. DVPW press release, October 27, 2013 (PDF).
  14. a b c Prices from DVPW
  15. Circular 153 of the DVPW, accessed on November 12, 2015
  16. ^ Helga Ostendorf: Political Scientists - In the Minority in the Long Term? In: Political Science. Newsletter of the German Association for Political Science. No. 140, spring 2009 ( PDF ), pp. 152–163.
  17. ^ Working group for politics and gender of the DVPW: The working group. Retrieved July 2, 2012 .

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