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Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Democracy is a multi-disciplinary research program launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2005. The program examines the key challenges to democracy today and traces them to two major trends: globalization and the growing influence of the media on politics.

The NCCR’s basic research questions are: How are established democracies changing under the conditions of globalization and the mediatization of politics? And how can democracy be promoted horizontally (to non-democratic countries) and vertically (to supra-national regimes like the EU, the WTO, etc)? More

News & Events

Democracy: Bridging facts and norms
Event series at the University of Zurich on the relationship between democratic ideals and democratic pratice. The series starts with a public panel discussion on the limits of democracy on 18 November. Read More... More
NCCR Democracy Newsletter August 2015
Download the latest issue of the NCCR Newsletter focusing on the topic of populism. Read More... More
Just published: Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China
First book-long analysis of how new media influence the mobilization of popular resistance in China today. Edited by Lisheng Dong, Hanspeter Kriesi and Daniel Kübler. Read More... More
Visual Reader "Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge"
Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge uses powerful images to complement its texts on the history and development of democracy. It also offers insights into contemporary debates on current challenges and new approaches to democracy. Read More... More
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