• CfP: “Democratic Participation” Workshop

    Call for Papers Annual Research Workshop 2018 “Democratic participation: theoretical and empirical perspectives” September 13-14, 2018 University of Zurich, Switzerland Organizers: DemocracyNet and Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (DPDS, University of Zurich) Full Call for Papers and guidelines for application and participation Topic of the Workshop Citizen participation is broadly understood as a constitutive element of democracy. Without people discussing public affairs and voting, representative democracies are hollowed out and decay. While some political actors and commentators lament the low political turnout in ordinary elections and the political disengagement of various groups of citizens (young people, minorities, lower classes), other ones experiment new ways to try and revive the civic flame.…

  • “Yverdon-les-Bains demain?”: DemocracyNet.eu at La Dérivée (2)

    DemocracyNet.eu is back from a fantastic week-end in Yverdon-les Bains! DemocracyNet.eu was invited by the NGO ICI to create events for the politics week (semaine politique) as part of the participative festival La Derivée. As the key concept of La Derivée is to motivate passers-by from Yverdon and the surroundings to step out of their comfort zones and engage in new activities, a group of DemocracyNet.eu members organized on July 21, 2017, a sort of democratic, discursive experiment with the involvement of local politicians and activists as well as experts from research and city planning, and, most importantly, the public. “Yverdon-les-Bains demain? Réflexion collective” The inspiration for this event came…

  • “Tour de la Démocratie”: DemocracyNet.eu at La Dérivée (1)

    DemocracyNet.eu is back from a fantastic week-end in Yverdon-les Bains! How do you distract young and older people equally from their Friday evening stroll by the lake in order to engage in reflections about democracy and test their political knowledge? How do you do this without annoying these strollers but ensure they keep a good memory? Well, there is only one possible solution: you let them take part in a Democracy Treasure Hunt, let them build a Democracy Tower and play Henri-Pierre’s notorious Democracy Jenga.  “Tour de la démocratie” This is exactly what happened on July 21, 2017, at the shores of the lake in Yverdon-les-Bains, thanks to a group…