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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

Das Demokratiegebot - Antrieb oder Zündstoff für die europäische Integration?
Public talk by Prof. Günter Verheugen, former European Commissioner for Enlargement. Thursday, 18 May 2017, 18:15-19:45, at the University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201. Read More... More
Demokratieförderung in Entwicklungsländern - ein sinnloses Engagement?
Public panel discussion (in German) on Thursday, 11 May 2017, 18:15-19:45 at the University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201. Discussion followed by an aperitif. Read More... More
Presidential elections in France—the next shock?
Public panel discussion (in German) with Claire Demesmay, Hans-Georg Betz, Daniel Binswanger, Simon Bornschier, and Laurent Bernhard. Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 18:15‒19:45, University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201. Discussion followed by an aperitif. Read More... More
Globalization, Mediatization and Populism: Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
Public event series to celebrate the conclusion of the research program NCCR Democracy. February to June 2017 at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistr. 71. Read More... More
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