Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University
Jil Kamerling is a researcher at the Institute of Political Science at Heidelberg University with a primary interest in institutions in autocracies, diffusion and authoritarian learning. Together with Tanja Eschenauer and Prof. Aurel Croissant, Jil co-created the The Political Roles of the Military (PRM) dataset (http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/politikwissenschaften/personal/croissant/forschung_en.html).
Officers and generals have always been influential and powerful actors, who meddle with politics. Today not so much by coups and direct rule, but by pulling the strings in the background. A new dataset reveals these substantial but indirect political roles of the military. No political leader, democratic or autocratic, can survive in office without […]