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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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Populism and democracy
Panel discussion "Die Anziehungskraft des Populismus" (The appeal of populism). Journalists Judith Huber (SRF "Echo der Zeit"), Christof Moser (Schweiz am Sonntag) and Peter Rásony (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) discuss the research findings on populism with NCCR Democracy researchers. Read More... More
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