Kevin Walz, M.A.


Room: GFG 047-328


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Since 04/2024 Research Associate at the Institute for Political Science at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

04/2021-03/2024 PhD scholarship of the Graduate Research Group Resilient Institutions at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

04/2018-07/2020 Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Political Science and Sociology at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg

2017-2020 M.A. Political and Social Sciences at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg

2012-2016 B.A. Political and Social Studies at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg


Research Interest

Democratic Erosion and Resilience

Political Institutions

Democratic Theory

Comparative Politics


Dissertation Project: Anti-Pluralists, Democratic Erosion, and the Breakdown Resilience of Democratic Regimes

Democracy is massively under pressure as a “third wave of autocratization” (Lührmann & Lindberg 2019) is still rolling worldwide. Focussing contemporary Episodes of Autocratization, Scholars lately postulated the emergence of a new dominant pattern of how Democracies decay and die.   According to their findings, democratic regimes nowadays rarely collapse within short periods but seem to die slowly in gradual processes eroding fundamental democratic institutions and principles more often. There is evidence, that in many cases, democratic erosion is mainly driven by anti-pluralist actors who got voted into office and therefore, feature a minimum degree of democratic legitimacy. In most cases, Anti-Pluralists successfully change the rules of the game and transform the democratic system into an autocratic one. Only in extremely rare cases do they fail, and Democracy survives.  This study examines under which circumstances the ‘Defenders of Democracy’ successfully stop democratic erosion, and what we can learn from this about the “breakdown resilience” (Boese et al. 2021) of democratic regimes.





  • Political Theory, Basic Module Course (ST 2024)
  • Theory and Empiricism of Democratic Erosion, Advanced Module Course (WT 2022/23)