Mobilization and Representation under Adverse Conditions

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MORE Eastern Europe 

Welcome to the pages of the junior research group! MORE Eastern Europe stands for Moblization and Representation under adverse conditions: Political parties in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. We study parties and their representative functions in both democracies and authoritarian regimes of post-Soviet* Eastern Europe and beyond.

We are funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria and affiliated with the Elite Graduate Program of East European Studies as well as the Geschwister Scholl Institute for Political Science at LMU.

Our team currently consists of group leader Dr. Jan Matti Dollbaum, two PhD researchers Polina Klochko and Jan Goedeking, as well as research assistant Olivia Faust. If you want to work with us or would like to know more about what we do, feel free to reach out!

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* The label “post-Soviet” has rightly been criticized for grouping together countries that have less and less in common. This process of differentiation has accelerated after Russia’s full-scale invasion, with Ukraine and Moldova defending their democracies against Russia’s aggression, while Russia drifts into deeper authoritarianism. While the Soviet experience still matters in some areas, we are convinced that these areas need to be clearly specified in each analysis for this label to retain any analytical relevance. Read more on this in the section What we do.


The heading picture (Paton Bridge, the Dnieper River and the Berezniaky neighbourhood at sunset by Volodomyr Vlasenko) is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. For the purpose of this website the picture has been cropped.