For more information on the recent project cycle please visit the project website.

Since 2010, the Hertie School of Governance (Hertie School), the London School of Economics (LSE) and Stiftung Mercator have cooperated to create bi-annual symposia and public research projects in honour of Lord Dahrendorf. In the spirit of Ralph Dahrendorf’s own example, these efforts are concentrated on bringing the European debate on key issues in society forward through social science research and engagement with policymakers and with the public.


The first two cycles of research concentrated, respectively, on the debates on Europe’s institutional and political future and on the issue of human-made climate change. In the third cycle (2015-2016) the focus is on the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world, especially its border zones (Russia and Ukraine; Turkey; North Africa), and the core regions of the world economy (East Asia with a focus on China; North America).

Out now: Special Issue “Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change”

What is Europe’s current role in global politics? What a European Energy Policy should be like? Does Environmental Sustainability contradict prosperity? These are some of the key questions discussed at the Dahrendorf Symposium 2013 and presented in this special issue of Global Policy. Europe is uniquely positioned to take action in the international fight against climate change. This issue therefore explores climate change with European perspective, and advances the debate on key challenges to be overcome if Europe is to step into a leading role. Contributions are from renowned scientists and practitioners, members of the Dahrendorf working groups:  Helmut K. Anheier (Hertie School of Governance), O. Arne Westad (London School of Economics), Norbert Röttgen (Former German Federal Minister of Environment), Ottmar Edenhofer (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Kirsten Westphal (German Institute for International and Security Affairs) and others. The full articles are accessible here.

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