Anna Krämling is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, where she is also a research and teaching fellow at the research unit ‘Democratic Innovations’ led by Brigitte Geißel. Her dissertation examines the implications of direct democracy for oppressed groups in Europe. Drawing on the concept of “oppressed groups” by Iris Marion Young, she investigates how direct democratic proposals relate to the interests of these groups and how a proposal’s success at the ballot box can be explained. For her analyses, she constructed a dataset containing information on all national direct democratic votes in European democracies between 1990 and 2015, combined with survey data and country-level statistics. Her quantitative analyses will offer important insights on how direct democracy can be a tool for empowerment instead of further suppression of oppressed groups.
Anna worked in a research project on direct democracy and equality and teaches courses on political participation, direct democracy and survey design at bachelor’s and master’s level. She holds a master’s in political science from Goethe University, and a bachelor’s in political science and psychology from University of Mannheim.
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