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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

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Auf der Suche nach Neutralität: die Schweiz in der globalisierten Welt
Public lecture (in German) by Micheline Calmy-Rey, former Swiss Federal Councillor. 28 September 2017 at the University of Zurich. Read More... More
Wie Globalisierung und Mediatisierung unsere Demokratie verändern
Video of presentation of the NCCR Democracy's research findings by Prof. Daniel Kübler now on Youtube. Read More... More
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