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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

Der Reiz des Populismus (The appeal of populism)
Politics workshop (in German) with experts from the NCCR Democracy. Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 19:30h. Zentrum Karl der Grosse, Kirchgasse 14, Zürich. Read More... More
Brexit, Trump, AFD, Front National - sind wir machtlos gegen den Populismus?
Public talk (in German) by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, publicist and co-President of the Greens/Free European Alliance Group in the European Parliament. Thursday, 30 March 2017, 18:15h at the University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201. Read More... More
Power and progress: Geopolitics and the future of democracy under President Trump
Watch full video of public talk by Dr. Robert Kagan (Washington Post/Brookings Institution) on 22 February 2017 at the University of Zurich. Read More... More
Globalization, Mediatization and Populism: Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century
Public event series to celebrate the conclusion of the research program NCCR Democracy. February to June 2017 at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistr. 71. Read More... More
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