News & Events
On 26-30 June 2017, the fourth NCCR Summer School in Democracy Studies will be held at the University of St. Gallen. Doctoral students from political science, political philosophy, media and communication science, sociology, economics and related disciplines are encouraged to apply by 1 March 2017.
The 3rd Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies will take place at ETH Zurich on 20-24 June 2016. The topic this year is "Representation and Governance". PhD students, advanced Master students and early Post-Docs are invited to apply by 20 March 2016.
Download the latest issue of the NCCR Newsletter focusing on the topic of populism.
On 1-3 July 2015, a conference on the “New frontiers of automated content analysis in the social sciences” took place at the University of Zurich. Automated content analysis (ACA) is one of the key fields of methodological innovation in the social sciences, not least because there is a need to analyze the growing number of digitally available text collections.
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.
(December 2014) 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
(November 2014) For the fifth time, NCCR Democracy offered young people between 16 and 20 the opportunity to work on a research project during the annual study week on the social sciences organized by Swiss Youth in Science.
New NCCR book: "Mediatization of Politics - Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies"
(May 2014) First book-long analysis on the changing relationship between media and politics in recent decades. Order now and save up to 25%!
Download the latest issue of the NCCR Newsletter presenting an overview of the research results of the NCCR's second phase (2009-2013).
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.
(January 2014) NCCR Democracy invites applications for its doctoral program in Democracy Studies. The program offers a limited number of spaces for outstanding doctoral students. Deadline for applications: 31 December 2013.
“Democracy in the age of globalization and mediatization”: a synthesis of the main results in the first research phase
Since 2005, political science and communications science scholars have been working together in the NCCR Democracy to understand which challenges and new opportunities globalization and “mediatization”, the growing role of the media in politics, present for democracy. Six of these scholars have joined forces to publish a book that presents the main results of the NCCR's first research phase (2005-2009).
The latest issue of the NCCR Newsletter is now online featuring articles on globalization and democracy.
(November 2012) Karin Hasler and Nicole Greuter are the winners of this year’s NCCR Democracy Knowledge Transfer Award. They receive the prize in recognition of their longstanding involvement in the annual Swiss Youth in Science (SJF) study week through which they have managed to get young people interested in NCCR Democracy research.
(November 2012) Eight young researchers took part in the Swiss Youth in Science study week at the Department of Political Science (IPZ) and NCCR Democracy. In two projects, devised by IPZ and NCCR doctoral students, they analyzed the effects of globalization on labor markets and on the media.
The new website www.politiklernen.ch offers teachers didactic material for civic education lessons in Swiss secondary schools (levels I and II). The content is based on the knowledge and research of the NCCR Democracy and covers the topics of politics, globalization, and media.
Who is a citizen? What are the rights and duties of a citizen? What makes citizenship democratic? Central questions for democratic states, these points have been engaging academics and political actors for decades. In March 2012, several young female NCCR researchers launched DemocracyNet.eu. The network aims to promote democratic citizenship in Europe by connecting young researchers and transferring academic knowledge to society at large.
Download the latest issue of the NCCR newsletter featuring articles on media and democracy.
(January 2012) NCCR Democracy project leader Thomas Bernauer figures among seven scientists from ETH Zurich who have been awarded an “Advanced Grant” by the European Research Council (ERC).
Best Paper Award of American Political Science Association for Christilla Roederer-Rynning and Frank Schimmelfennig
(May 2012) Frank Schimmelfennig wins APSA best paper award.