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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

8th Aarau Democracy Days: "Political rights for foreigners?"
17/18 March 2016, Kultur- & Kongresshaus Aarau, in German. Read More... More
Democracy: Bridging facts and norms
Event series at the University of Zurich on the relationship between democratic ideals and democratic pratice. The series continues with a public lecture on 18 February on “Justice, democracy and the unconditional basic income” by Philippe Van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain). Read More... More
NCCR Democracy Newsletter August 2015
Download the latest issue of the NCCR Newsletter focusing on the topic of populism. Read More... More
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