• Video: “Recursive Representation in the Shadow of Populism”

    The video recording of the public lecture by Prof. Jane Mansbridge (Harvard Kennedy School), “Recursive Representation in the Shadow of Populism,” is now online! Further link: https://tube.switch.ch/cast/videos/570c2b33-60c6-41a1-a448-10cb4b65e84c This lecture took place on September 9, 2019, at the University of Zurich. It was the keynote lecture to the DemocracyNet workshop “Political Representation in Democratic Systems.” Funding by the UZH Graduate Campus via a GRC Short Grant, indispensable to the organization of this lecture, is gratefully acknowledged. We are also very grateful to the the generous support and cooperation of the Doctoral Program “Democracy Studies” (DPDS) of the University of Zurich and of the peer-group of the Department of Political Science, poliTics.

  • CfP: “Political Representation in Democratic Systems” Workshop

    The Call for Papers for the annual DPDS and DemocracyNet research workshop is now online! We invite abstract submissions from junior researchers (PhD and Postdoc levels) interested in theoretical, normative, legal, or empirical issues related to political representation by June 10, 2019. Please find the workshop description and the details for application here: https://democracynet.eu/ws2019/ The workshop will include a keynote lecture by Prof. Jane Mansbridge.

  • 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…