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Research project

GLOBAL - Global cleavages: The shape of political conflict across world regions in historical perspective

This ERC Advanced Grant, led by Prof. Daniele Caramani, investigates the dimensionality of global politics.

This project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

Funded by the European Union (ERC, GLOBAL, 101097740). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Council Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Treating the globe as one system, the project analyses the cleavages that structure world politics and asks whether conflicts are shaped territorially or along functional dimensions cutting across world regions. The long-term empirical analysis from the 19th century to the present aims to establish if, and under what conditions, international divisions opposing world regions – core−periphery, North−South, or civilisational contrasts – change and are replaced by conflict lines that oppose groups functionally along economic, political-military and socio-cultural inequalities. This project on the globalisation of politics extends PI’s previous work on the nationalisation and Europeanisation of politics (Caramani 2004, 2015) to the global level.

Call for applications

Four postdoctoral research fellowship focussing on different methodological skills that are core to the project are currently advertised or will be soon:

  1. Postdoctoral research fellowship: semi-automated text analysis, machine learning (January 2024-June 2027)
  2. Postdoctoral research fellowship: voting, organizational and network analysis (January 2024-June 2027)
  3. Postdoctoral research fellowship: dimensionality analysis of roll-call votes (September 2024-February 2028)
  4. Postdoctoral research fellowship: survey analysis (September 2024-February 2028)

Starting dates and contract duration have some flexibility. Informal inquiries are encouraged by writing to daniele.caramani(at) 

Research assistant positions with no fixed duration will be advertised soon.

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