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
- Just published - 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. More
- Call for applications: Doctoral Program in Democracy Studies
- NCCR Democracy invites applications for its doctoral program in Democracy Studies. The program offers a limited number of spaces for outstanding doctoral students. Deadline for applications: 31 December 2013. More
- “Democracy in the age of globalization and mediatization”: new NCCR book synthesizing the program’s main research results published
- Since 2005, political science and communications science scholars have been working together in the NCCR Democracy to understand which challenges and new opportunities globalization and “mediatization”, the growing role of the media in politics, present for democracy. Six of these scholars have now joined forces to publish a book that presents the main results of these research efforts. More