Associate professor of political science at Södertörn University. Director for the former German Studies Research Unit.

Mai-Brith Schartau

Associate professor of political science at Södertörn University. She has held visiting positions at University of Newcastle in UK, Clarion University in USA, Fachhhochschule, Frankfurt am Main in Germany, University of Hertfordshire in UK, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, Greifswald in Germany, Europäisches Vervaltungsmanagement, Saarbrücken in Germany and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her primary research interests are leadership and organization, the transformation of the welfare state and civil society. In these areas I also teach.

She has published on various aspects of leadership and organization, social economy and civil society, of German politics and of Baltic Sea region, see CV.

Beside of being director for German Studies Research Unit she is working on a project about political leadership, “Angela Merkel – a leader against the odds” and also leading a multidisciplinary project; Conditions for Participatory Environmental Governance in a Regional Context: The Baltic and Adriatic Sea Regions.

The general aim of this project is to gain new knowledge on the conditions for environmental
organizations to play an influential role within regional participatory governance arrangements that aim to cope with environmental problems that stretch beyond national borders. We focus on marine
environmental problems and use a qualitative, comparative approach by including the Baltic Sea and the Adriatic Sea, and six selected nations within these regions.

The main questions addressed relate to how political institutions and legislation, on both national and international levels, shape environmental organizations’ conditions to be part of environmental
governance processes; how these organizations develop capabilities and make use of opportunities
provided by governance structures and processes; and how people engaged in these organizations gain essential knowledge and competences which are needed for taking part in governance arrangements. Four researchers representing political science, sociology, public law and adult education will conduct the study.

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Articles by Mai-Brith Schartau

  1. Pre-election coverage – Germany

    If not something dramatically happens during the last week before the election there will be some tuff government negotiations after the votes have been counted. Probably Markel will continue as chancellor but it is very unsecure which other parties she will form government with. An alternative chancellor could be Gabriel for a red – red – green coalition.

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