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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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Civil society in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Looking back and reaching out
International conference, 7-8 June 2015, at the University of Zurich, Room SOC 1-106, Rämistrasse 69. Registration is required by 5 June. 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
New frontiers of automated content analysis in the social sciences
Symposium on 1-3 July 2015 at the University of Zurich 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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