Jan Keesen, Intermediary Organizations in Democracy

Researcher

Jan Keesen studied law at the EBS University of Business and Law in Wiesbaden and at Queen’s University School of Law in Kingston (Canada). He completed his law studies (focus: corporate and restructuring law), which were sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in 2018 with the First State Examination in Law. In the same year, he also obtained a master’s degree in economics (topic of the master’s thesis: public choice theory and populism).

Since July 2018, Jan Keesen has been a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Emanuel V. Towfigh. He has been working on his doctorate with the chair holder since January 2019. In the context of his dissertation, Jan Keesen deals with the role of intermediary organizations in democracy. Using methods of legal economics, he investigates the role intermediary organizations have in the abstract conception of democracy according to the Basic Law, which organizations (parties, interest groups, political associations) are assigned these tasks in concrete terms, and whether a redistribution of tasks is indicated in light of processes of social change.