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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

Autonomy and Sovereignty Referendums: The Catalan Case from a Swiss Perspective
Public roundtable discussion on Thursday, 5 March 2015, 18:00-19:30 at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistrasse 71, Room KOL F 117. Read More... More
7th Aarau Democracy Days: (Un-)Equality and Democracy
26/27 March 2015, Kultur- & Kongresshaus Aarau Read More... More
Apply now: Swiss Summer School on "Democratic innovations"
The 2nd Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies on „Democratic Innovations” will take place at the University of Zurich, 22-26 June 2015. Application deadline: 15 March 2015 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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