• Report: DemocracyNet Research Workshop 2019

    The research workshop “Political Representation in Democratic Systems” organized by DemocracyNet and the Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (DPDS) took place at the University of Zurich on September 9-10, 2019. “Political Representation in Democratic Systems” Democracy studies have recently undergone a major change in the way of conceiving representation. Long understood as one political practice among others, representation has been reconceptualized in this new, “constructivist” turn as an inescapable feature of (democratic) politics and lawmaking processes. On the one hand, it is necessary to the emergence and evolution of interests and preferences within the population and to the mobilization of constituencies in political decision-making processes. On the other hand, it is…

  • Report: DemocracyNet Research Workshop 2018

    The research workshop “Democratic Participation: theoretical and empirical perspectives” organized by DemocracyNet and the Doctoral Program Democracy Studies (DPDS) took place at the University of Zurich on September 13-14, 2018. It enabled 20 participants to engage in interdisciplinary academic discussions with other DPDS students, members of the association DemocracyNet, and other researchers working in the field of democracy studies. Five panels The academic discussions were structured in five panels: Forms of political participation Democratic legitimacy of non-elected actors Conceptualizing democratic systems Political consumerism Enabling citizens and civic engagement. The 11 papers presented offered a variety of approaches and focused on different issues regarding democratic participation. Each speaker received detailed and…

  • Research workshop: “Democratic participation”

    What can be considered “political participation”? How should researchers approach democratic participation, both theoretically and empirically? What forms of participation are necessary for democratic systems? What is the relationship between participation and democratic decision-making? How can desirable forms of participation be promoted? Where are the limits to democratic participation? Who is excluded from political participation? These and other questions will be explored on September 13 and 14, 2018, by the participants to the research workshop “Democratic Participation: theoretical and empirical perspectives” Full program here The workshop is co-organized by DemocracyNet and the Doctoral Program Democracy Studies of the University of Zurich. The first day of the workshop will be followed…