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About Judith Beyer

Judith Beyer is Junior Professor of Anthropology at the University of Konstanz in Germany. She specializes in legal and political anthropology and carries out fieldwork in Central Asia and Myanmar. Find out more at and follow her on twitter @JudithBeyer.

Articles by Judith Beyer

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Saints in politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the dilemmas of political desire

We delude ourselves by projecting qualities onto politicians who have no intention of embodying them.

Kyrgyzstan: referendum in a time of upheaval

Judith Beyer observes the run-up to Kyrgyzstan’s constitutional referendum from the vantage point of the countryside, away from the centres of violence. A Kyrgyz majority will ensure that Otunbaeva gets the result she wants, Beyer predicts. But this bodes badly for the future
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