Dr Philip Lorenz




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University of Heidelberg
Institute of Political Science
Bergheimer Str. 58
Room-No.: 03.003
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone: +49-6221-542874



Philip Lorenz studied Political Science, Psychology and Law at the Heidelberg University and the Yale Graudate School of Arts and Sciences. Heidelberg University's Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences accepted his dissertation in February 2015. Since 2008 he is Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute for Political Science.

In his research he worked on processes of democratization and democratic consolidation with a focus on the role of civil-military relations. He is also interested in political violence and popular mobilization in authoritarian regimes and young democracies. His regional specialty is Southeast Asia. In his dissertation he analyzed the impact of civil-society organizations on the institutionalization of civilian control over the miltiary in young democracies. He has taught introductory courses to Political Science, advanced courses on different aspects of democratization in Southeast Asia as well as historical and current process of state-building worldwide.




  • Aurel Croissant and Philip Lorenz (2018): Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia. An Introduction into Government and Politics. Heidelberg: Springer VS.

  • Lorenz, Philip (2015): Principals, Partners and Pawns. Indonesian Civil Society Organizations and Civilian Control of the Military. Available online at

    Lorenz, Philip (2013): Patronage, Personalismus, Professionalisierung. Die vorsichtige Demokratisierung zivil-militärischer Beziehungen in Indonesien. Frankfurt am Main: Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK-Report, 3/2013).

  • Croissant, Aurel; Kuehn, David; Lorenz, Philip; Chambers, Paul W. (2013): Democratization and civilian control in Asia. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Aurel Croissant, David Kuehn and Philip Lorenz. 2012. Breaking With the Past? Civil-Military Relations in the Emerging Democracies of East Asia. East-West Center, Policy Series 63. Honolulu,


Refereed journal articles

  • Croissant, Aurel; Völkel, Philip (2012): Party system types and party system institutionalization. Comparing new democracies in East and Southeast Asia. In: Party Politics 18 (2), S. 235–265. Online at
  • Kuehn, David and Philip Lorenz (2011): Explaining Civil-Military Relations in New Democracies: Structure, Agency and Theory Development. In: Asian Journal of Political Science 19 (3), S. 231–249. Online at 10.1080/02185377.2011.628145.

  • Croissant, Aurel, David Kuehn; Paul Chambers, Philip Völkel and Siegfried O. Wolf (2011): Theorizing civilian control in new democracies. Agency, structure and institutional change. In: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politiwissenschaft 5 (1).

  • Croissant, Aurel and Philip Völkel (2010): Party system types and party system institutionalization. Comparing new democracies in East and Southeast Asia. In: Party Politics. Online first at: 10.1177/1354068810380096.

  • Völkel, Philip and Paul Chambers (2010): Demokratie und zivile Kontrolle über das Militär in Thailand und Indonesien. In: Asien 116 (Juli).


Invited contributions (Non-refereed articles and book chapters)

  • Philip Lorenz (forthcoming 2018): Flukes and False Friends. Translation successes and failure in the Indonesian military and police reform process, in: Mannitz, Sabine (Hrsg.): Packing and Unpacking Security Sector Reform: The Travel of a Change Concept from Global Knowledge Regimes to Situated Security Spaces.

  • Lorenz, Philip (2015): Sicherheitskooperation in Südostasien. In: Reader Sicherheitspolitik (Ausgabe 09/2015). Berlin: Bundesministerium der Verteidigung. Available online at:

  • Lorenz, Philip und Aurel Croissant (2015): Indonesien. In: Aurel Croissant: Die Politischen Systeme Südostasiens. Eine Einführung. Heidelberg: Springer VS, S. 108-173.

  • Lorenz, Philip (2015): Militär und Politik in Indonesien. In: Gunnar Stange, Kristina Großmann and Rolf Jordan (Hg.): Handbuch Indonesien. Berlin: Horlemann Verlag.

  • Croissant, Aurel; Chambers, Paul; Völkel, Philip (2011): "Democracy, the military and security sector governance in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand". In: Aurel Croissant and Marco Bünte (eds.): The crisis of democratic governance in Southeast Asia. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 190–208.


Book reviews and other

  • Review of Larry Diamond, Marc F. Plattner, and Yun-han Chu “Democracy in East Asia: A new century”. In: Democratization 21(05): 981-982. Available online at:

  • Review of Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie: "517 Tage. Indonesien: Geburt einer Demokratie". In: Asien 112 (Januar 2012).

  • Review of Marcus Mietzner, "Military politics, Islam, and the State in Indonesia“, In: Asien 114-115 (April): 164-165.


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