The Responding to competing authoritarian models - Japan and EUs respective neighbourhoods compared program from GEM Stones will analyse the impact of focus on institutional competition at the regional level. This IRP will compare the strategic and institutional resources mobilised by two civilian powers - the EU and Japan - to mediate mounting intersectional crises and counter shifts towards authoritarianism within their respective regions. The IRP will compare how such crises and shifts have reshaped the EU and Japan's strategies of democratic support in their respective neighbourhoods, namely the area covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy for the EU and the South-East Asia for Japan.
The specific research objective(s) of the PhD is to analyse in a comparative perspective the reaction of the EU and Japan against rising autocratization in the neighbouring countries. Recently, authoritarian turns have been recorded on a global scale in different regions, bringing the processes of autocratization in the post-cold war period at the centre of the current academic debate. However, the strategies and policies to counter these processes of autocratization have been understudied and neglected so far by the mainstream literature.
The ESR project's central research question is: how have authoritarian turns in the neighbouring countries reshaped EU and Japan's strategy of democracy support and regional political dynamics?
The researcher should be in the first four years of their research careers at the time of recruitment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree so far.
Programme StructureGEM-DIAMOND’s overall research program will collectively tackle three shared knowledge gaps regarding contemporary strains on liberal democracy:
- Objective 1: Conceptualising the seemingly mounting dissensus surrounding liberal democracy.
- Objective 2: Unpacking the ambiguous role different actors can play as both champions and challengers of liberal democratic norms, values and practices.
- Objective 3: Assessing the impact of increased dissensus regarding liberal democracy on the policy instruments of the EU and its capacity to act in its internal and external policies.
- 36 months
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DisciplinesInternational Relations European Studies Political Science View 12 other PhDs in Political Science in Belgium
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
As part of their application, candidates will be asked to submit a personal interpretation of the research project in the form a specific project proposal of 2-3 pages, including a research question, a theoretical framework, a methodological strategy, and a justification for the suggested empirical choices.Candidates must apply through the GEM-DIAMOND online application system,which will request the following information:
- A personal profile form (incl. CV overview)
- A scientific profile form (incl. ESR’s expression of interest, statement of motivation and personal interpretation of the research project)
- A full academic CV
- An academic record with scan of the degree qualifications
- A proof of language proficiency
- Two academic recommendation letters
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.
4000€ Gross per month (48.000€ / year). This is a gross EU contribution to the salary cost of the researcher. The net salary will result from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes.
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