Alumni Fellow

Dr Dirk Peters

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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47059 Duisburg

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Dr. Dirk Peters joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 3 “Global Governance Revisited” from mid-May to mid-November 2012.

Research Project at the Centre

The research project is entitled: "Global Governance and Contested Conceptions of Legitimate Order: A State of the Art".

The project examines the role that notions of legitimacy and justice play for international cooperation. When negotiating about international cooperation, actors do not only debate their preferences about the concrete issues at hand, e.g. their preferences about environmental protection, monetary policy or international security. Rather, they negotiate against the backdrop of more fundamental conceptions of what they, in general, consider a legitimate and just political order.

These conceptions may concur but they may also diverge or clash, especially if actors have been socialized in fundamentally different contexts. In this case, actors will be hard pressed to find avenues for successful cooperation. Research has rarely dealt with this problem. Both research on Global Governance and on Global Justice either focus on issue-specific preferences of actors; or make sweeping assumptions about what actors regard or should regard as legitimate and just. But we still know little about the notions of legitimacy and justice that international actors actually hold or evoke. Are there fundamental differences, as particularistic approaches in political philosophy would postulate? Or is there a zone of overlap, a global agreement on core elements of any just and legitimate order, as universalists would hold?

The project lays the groundwork for research into this empirical side of the problem. It aims at (1) conceptually clarifying what "notions of legitimate and just order" are and how they can be identified empirically; (2) reviewing current debates about global governance in order to identify and classify notions of just and legitimate orders that are evoked in these debates; (3) devising preliminary hypotheses about how such notions, their convergence or divergence, affect the creation, design, and success of global governance institutions.

Research Interests

  • Legitimacy of International Institutions
  • Parliaments in International Security Policy
  • European Union Security and Defence Policy

Current Projects

Global Governance and Contested Conceptions of Legitimate Order: A State of the Art

Rules in International Organisations


10/2008 Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
Dissertation (Dr. phil.)
Subject of the thesis: “International Structure and Foreign Policy: Constrained Balancing in British and German Policies Towards European Security and Defense Policy”
Since 09/2007 Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Frankfurt/Main
Research Associate
08/2003-10/2003 German Council on Foreign Relations /Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGPA), Berlin
Visiting Researcher
06/2003-07/2003 International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London
Visiting Researcher
05/2003-06/2003 Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
Visiting Fellow
11/2000-08/2007 Institute of Political Science, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Research Associate
01/2000-10/2000 Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen
Research Associate and University Lecturer


Peters, Dirk / Katja Freistein / Julia Leininger (2012): Theoretische Grundlagen zur Analyse internationaler Organisationen <Theoretical Foundations for Analysing International Organisations> in: Katja Freistein / Julia Leininger (eds.): Handbuch Internationale Organisationen. Theoretische Grundlagen und Akteure, München: Oldenbourg, 3-27

Peters, Dirk / Wolfgang Wagner (2012): Zwischen Effizienz und Legitimität: Parlamentarische Kontrolle von Militäreinsätzen im weltweiten Vergleich <Between Efficiency and Legitimacy: Comparing Parliamentary Control of Military Deployments World-Wide> in: Die Friedens-Warte 87: 2, 27-45

Peters, Dirk / Wolfgang Wagner (2011): Common Foreign and Security Policy in: Hubert Heinelt / Michèle Knodt (eds.): Policies within the EU Multi-Level System: Instruments and Strategies of European Governance, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 39-58

Peters, Dirk / Wolfgang Wagner (2011): Between Military Efficiency and Democratic Legitimacy: Mapping Parliamentary War Powers in Contemporary Democracies, 1989-2004 in: Parliamentary Affairs 64: 1, 175-192

Peters, Dirk / Wolfgang Wagner (2010): Parlamentsvorbehalt oder Exekutivprivileg? Ursachen unterschiedlicher Entscheidungsverfahren beim Einsatz von Streitkräften in Demokratien <Parliamentary Proviso or Executive Privilege? Causes of Variation in  Decision Making Procedures for the Deployment of Military Forces in Democracies> in: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 17: 2, 203-234

Peters, Dirk / Nicole Deitelhoff / Wolfgang Wagner (2010): Parliaments and European Security Policy. Mapping the Parliamentary Field in: Sophie Vanhoonacker / Hylke Dijkstra / Heidi Maurer (eds.): European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Special Issue: Understanding the Role of Bureaucracy in the European Security and Defence Policy, Volume 14 Number 1.

Peters, Dirk (2010):  Constrained Balancing: The EU's Security Policy, Palgrave Studies in International Relations, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Peters, Dirk / Wolfgang Wagner / Nicole Deitelhoff (Hrsg.) (2008):  The Parliamentary Control of European Security Policy, Oslo: ARENA

Peters, Dirk / Wolfgang Wagner / Nicole Deitelhoff (2008): Parliaments and European Security Policy: Mapping the Parliamentary Field in: Dirk Peters / Wolfgang Wagner / Nicole Deitelhoff (eds.): The Parliamentary Control of European Security Policy, Oslo: ARENA, 3-27

Peters, Dirk (2007): Ansätze und Methoden der Außenpolitikanalyse <Approaches and Methods of Foreign Policy Analysis> in: Siegmar Schmidt / Gunther Hellmann / Reinhard Wolf (Hrsg.): Handbuch zur deutschen Außenpolitik, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 815-835

Peters, Dirk / Katharina Holzinger / Christoph Knill / Berthold Rittberger / Frank Schimmelfennig / Wolfgang Wagner (Hrsg.) (2005):  Die Europäische Union: Theorien und Analysekonzepte <The European Union: Theories and Analytical Concepts>, Wiesbaden: Schöningh

Peters, Dirk (2001): The Debate About a New German Foreign Policy in: Volker Rittberger (Hrsg.): German Foreign Policy Since Unification: Theories and Case Studies, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 11-33

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