• 2020: Yearly workshop postponed

    As we have witnessed over the past months, the Covid-19 emergency has affected everybody’s lives and keeps having a large impact on society. We as academics are not exempted from this. Among the least harmful and yet unpleasant consequences, many academic events and conferences have been postponed or cancelled altogether. During the last meeting of the managing board of DemocracyNet, we decided to postpone our yearly workshop and public lecture on “Vested Interests.” We are looking to reschedule the event, which will most likely take place, according to tradition, in early September 2021. We will keep you informed about future developments. As a replacement, the members of our association will…

  • 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…