Antje Kästner is a political scientist, with a keen interest in science communication and the visualisation of academic content. Her research is focusing on concept formation and the qualitative analysis of political transition processes and external influences thereupon. She studied International Relations and Russian and East European Studies in Dresden,  Moscow, and Oxford, and is about to complete a doctorate in Political Science.

Research Interests

concept formation and measurement of political regimes

democratic and autocratic institutions, institutionalisation and de-institutionalisation

political economy of hybrid regimes

external influences on political systems

foreign policy analysis, including second image reversed

regional focus on Russia and the former Soviet republics


List of Publications

Kästner, Antje (in print): Autocracy Promotion, in: Merkel, W., Kollmorgen, R. and H.‑J. Wagener (eds.): Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Bader, J. und A. Kästner (2014): External autocracy promotion? The autocratic potential of Russian and Chinese foreign policies, in: Democratization Special Issue: Croissant, A; S. Kailitz; P. Köllner und S. Wurster (Hrsg.): Comparing autocracies in the early Twenty-first Century, Vol 2: The Performance and Persistence of Autocracies, Routledge

Bader, J., J. Faust, J. Grävingholt, A. Kästner (2011): The influence of China, Russia and India on the future of democracy in the Euro-Asian region, DIE Briefing Paper 2/2011, German Development Institute, Bonn

Bader, J., J. Grävingholt, A. Kästner (2010). “Would autocracies promote autocracy? A political economy perspective on regime type export in regional neighbourhoods.” Contemporary Politics 16(1): 81-100

Kästner, A. (2010). Russia: Supporting non-democratic tendencies in the post-Soviet space? DIE Briefing Paper 2/2010. German Development Institute. Bonn

Kästner, A. (2008). From chaos to pragmatism: The domestic sources of Russian foreign policy, 1991-2008. DIE Discussion Paper 19. German Development Institute. Bonn

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