In light of the increasing circulation of false information and disinformation, it is more important than ever that political scientists and researchers in other disciplines share their expertise with the public at large.
This is why we have founded Politikon.
We publish succinct analyses of current affairs by scholars who are experts on the issues under consideration. We will identify the most relevant research in our fields to provide policy-makers and society at large with a basis for considered judgments and decisions. Our aim is to debunk unfounded claims and to enhance public discourse with evidence-based arguments.
Political science and neighboring disciplines
Political science investigates political actors, structures, and processes. It seeks to understand, explain, and improve the organization of, and relations between, social communities. Ideally, the knowledge it generates helps to make possible free and humane living conditions.
Its neighboring disciplines include anthropology, communication studies, economics, history, law, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, among others.
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Our core values
Politikon is politically neutral, but we by no means lack conviction. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany constitute our normative framework.
We respect and protect the dignity of all human beings. We are committed to truthfulness and academic freedom. And we stand up for democracy, equal rights, and freedom from discrimination.
Our 10 founding principles
Politikon is based on ten irrevocable founding principles, which guide us in all our activities:
We are transparent
Information requires trust; trust necessitates transparency. This is why we have joined the Transparent Civil Society Initiative by Transparency International Germany.
As a result, we commit ourselves to informing regularly about our activities, our donors, and the use of our funds, among other things.
Politikon is a collaborative project. It can only work if our colleagues in political science and neighboring disciplines support us.