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My research interests include international political sociology, (critical) security studies, international order, ideas and ideational change, communication and rhetoric, nuclear (non-)proliferation and disarmament, and international humanitarian law.

My recent publications are:

Mangott, Gerhard and Martin Senn. 2017. “Boycotts, bombs, or bargains? Eine Analyse von Strategien im Umgang mit Nordkoreas Nuklearwaffenprogramm.” Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik.

Abstract: Der Artikel diskutiert Strategien im Umgang mit Nordkoreas Nuklearwaffenprogramm. Das zentrale Argument lautet, dass schrittweises engagement, das positive Anreize an die Umsetzung mehrerer Phasen von Rüstungskontrolle bindet, die aussichtsreichste Strategie hinsichtlich einer Verhaltensänderung Nordkoreas darstellt. Strategien der Resignation, der Sanktion und der militärischen Eskalation werden als nicht zielführend oder zu risikoreich abgehandelt. Auf absehbare Zeit kann demnach lediglich das Ausmaß des nordkoreanischen Nuklearwaffenprogrammes begrenzt werden, während dessen Existenz nicht mehr Verhandlungsgegenstand sein kann.

Kornprobst, Markus and Martin Senn. 2016. “Arguing Deep Ideational Change.” Contemporary Politics.

Abstract: How do actors come to contest previously uncontested background ideas? This is a difficult question to ask. On the one hand, deep backgrounds seem to be too foundational for actors to transform. Their political efficacy appears to end where ideas constitute their efficacy in the first place. On the other hand, ideas must not be reified. Even deeply taken-for-granted ideas do not always stay the same, and agents have a lot to do with these changes. In order to answer this question, we draw from social theory and rhetorical studies. We conceptualize the deep background as nomos, and the more easily accessible background as endoxa. We then proceed to identify three sets of conditions that make nomic change possible. These relate to opportunity, message, and messenger. Nomic change becomes possible when the need for something new has become widely established and a supply of new nomic ideas is easily available (opportunity); new nomic ideas are ‘smuggled’ into more orthodox and widely resonating arguments (message) as well as rhetorical encounters in which these arguments are made; and advocates are widely recognized as interlocutors (messenger). A plausibility probe of nomic contestation about nuclear governance provides evidence for this framework.


My current research projects are:

– International Order and Rhetorical Fields (together with Markus Kornprobst, Vienna School of International Studies)

– Individual and Collective Learning in the Demand Side of Nuclear Proliferation (together with Andreas Wenger, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich)

– Communication Networks in Global Governance (together with Franz Eder, University of Innsbruck)