(January 2014) The NCCR Democracy Knowledge Transfer Award 2013 was conferred to PhD student Manuel Vogt (ETH Zurich) for his editorial piece on the trial against former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt in the newspaper El Periódico.
(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 latest issue of the NCCR Newsletter is now online featuring articles on globalization and democracy.
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.
Download the latest issue of the NCCR newsletter featuring articles on media and democracy.
Best Paper Award of American Political Science Association for Christilla Roederer-Rynning and Frank Schimmelfennig
(May 2012) Frank Schimmelfennig wins APSA best paper award.
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.
(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).
The focus of this issue is on democracy promotion.
In December 2011, Palgrave Macmillan launched a new book series on the challenges to democracy in the 21st century. The series was initiated by NCCR Democracy and publishes latest research on established democracies, democratization processes and democracy in multi-level governance structures.
In October 2011, NCCR Democracy and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) organized a two-day international conference on "The transformation of the Arab World: where is it heading to?" at ETH Zurich. The recordings of the two panel discussions and a conference report are available on this website.
(November 2011) For the fifth time, the NCCR Democracy conferred its Knowledge Transfer Award to NCCR researchers who made a special effort in transferring their knowledge into society and contributing to a public discourse on democracy. This year, the prize was split and awarded to the team of the Democracy Barometer project and to PhD student Manuel Vogt.
(November 2011) For the second time, NCCR Democracy participated in the annual study week dedicated to the social sciences and humanities organized by "Swiss Youth in Science". The study week took place from 14-19 November and the topic this year was “freedom/lack of freedom”.
(July 2011) Sandra Lavenex, Frank Schimmelfennig, Tina Freyburg, Tatiana Skripka and Anne Wetzel won the 2011 International Geneva Award for their article "Democracy promotion through functional cooperation? The case of the European Neighbourhood Policy". The award acknowledges outstanding articles that are particularly relevant for International Organizations.
Focus on the quality of democracy. With articles on the Democracy Barometer, deliberation and the impact of voting advice applications on democracy.
(January 2011) The Democracy barometer, a new instrument for measuring the quality of democracy, presented its findings at a media conference on 27 January at the University of Zurich. The results show that Denmark has the highest quality of democracy, followed by Finland and Belgium. Switzerland's democracy turns out to be only mediocre and ranks fourteenth compared with the twenty-nine established democracies analyzed.
NCCR Democracy participates in "Schweizer Jugend forscht" (Swiss Youth in Science) study week on the social sciences
(November 2010) The NCCR Democracy launched a cooperation with "Swiss Youth in Science" and participated in the annual study week for the social sciences and humanities taking place from 8-13 November 2010. Swiss Youth in Science is an organization that encourages and promotes young people to explore their potential for research.
(October 2010) For the fourth time, the NCCR Democracy conferred its KnowledgeTransfer-Award to a young NCCR researcher. The winner was PhD student Rebecca Welge who received the prize for a civic education course she conducted at the European Youth Conference.
(August 2010) Smartmonitor provides the scientific community in Switzerland and abroad with basic data on the Swiss federal parliament such as voting behavior of legislators and information on the bills voted on. Data access is open to everyone: data downloads for scientific purposes (basic research) are free of charge.
Focus: taking stock after four years of NCCR research. This issue of the NCCR Democracy newsletter presents activities and achievements of the first phase of research and gives an outlook on phase II.
(May 2010) A study by Andreas Ladner and colleagues shows that the Swiss party system has the highest degree of polarization compared to other European party systems. The study is based on data collected by the voting advice application EU Profiler.
(March 2010) Only a limited number of referendum campaigns end up swaying opinion in Switzerland. However, they do significantly influence the electorate, according to NCCR Director Hanspeter Kriesi in an interview with the latest edition of the research magazine “Horizons”.
(January 2010) Interview (in German) with Judith Vorrath in ETH Life on the preconditions of a peaceful democratization process after civil wars.
(October 2009) The EU Profiler wins the internationally most renowned award in the field of e-democracy. The price acknowledges the EU Profiler's contribution to changing the world of politics with the Internet and new technologies. It was conferred at the World e-democracy Forum organized in the French National Assembly in Paris on 22-23 October 2009.
For the year, 2009 the NCCR Democracy Knowledge Transfer Award was conferred on PhD students Judith Vorrath and Annel Wetzel recognizing their special achievements in transferring knowledge gathered in NCCR research to groups outside academia.
(October 2009) The NCCR Democracy Doctoral Program offers a limited number of positions to outstanding doctoral students in political science, communication science or any related discipline. Deadline for applications is 1 December 2009.
In August 2009, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) officially accepted the second research phase of NCCR Democracy starting on 1 October 2009 and lasting for four years.
On 23 April 2009, the first Europe-wide voting advice application was launched in Brussels. The EU Profiler provides voters with thoroughly researched information about the political parties to take part in the European Parliament elections 2009. Furthermore, it gives users a political profile, based on their responses to a questionnaire, that can be compared to the party preferences.
March 2009: The first two issues of the Living Reviews in Democracy are now online.
February 2009: 6th issue of NCCR Democracy Newsletter published
September 2008: The 2nd NCCR Democracy Knowledge Transfer Award has been conferred to eleven young NCCR researchers who presented their work to a broad public at the Parcours des Wissens in March 2008.
September 2008: 5th issue of NCCR Democracy Newsletter published
April 2008: Berner SVP auf gleicher Linie mit Zürcher SVP. Siehe Medienberichte vom 22.4.2008.
March 2008: In the framework of the 175th anniversary celebrations of the University of Zurich, NCCR Democracy participated in the Parcours des Wissens which took place from 8-16 March 2008 at Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich.
January 2008: Publication by Dr. iur. Bernhard Rütsche, in: Bibliothek zur Zeitschrift für Schweizerisches Recht, Beiheft 47, Verlag Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel 2008.
November 2007: 4th issue of NCCR Newsletter published.
June 2007: The City of Aarau, the University of Zurich and NCCR Democracy establish a Center for Democracy in Aarau (ZDA) committed to democracy research and knowledge transfer into society.
June 2007: 3rd issue of the NCCR Newsletter published.
April 2007: The first NCCR Democracy Knowledge Transfer Award 2006 was given to Jan Fivaz and Stefani Gerber of the University of Bern for their project “Parteienkompass” (party compass). The award is conferred annually and recognizes special achievements in transferring knowledge gathered in NCCR research into society.
April 2007: Public debate at the University of Zurich, KOL G 217. Guests: Gianpietro Mazzoleni (University of Milan), Stephan Klapproth (Swiss TV "10vor10"), Martin Senti (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Marco Färber (Swiss Radio DRS) and Jonas Viering (freelance journalist, Berlin).
December 2006: The second issue of the NCCR Democracy Newsletter is available.
October 2006: The NCCR Democracy launched a working paper series in which NCCR members will publish interim research results, conference papers, data collection reports, etc.
September 2006: The first annual site visit took place with the purpose of evaluating the first year’s work and of giving recommendations and advice on the future development of the research program.
September 2006: The NCCR Democracy invites scientists in Switzerland to submit proposals for new projects in its research areas. Proposals are open to both current NCCR members and other researchers from Swiss universities and research institutes.
August 2006: A new project in Module 2 analyzes the experiences made in the formulation and implementation of metropolitan strategies in Swiss cantons. The goal is to shed light on these strategies in order to improve decision-making on metropolitan development in Switzerland in the future.
July 2006: Press articles on Smart-voting in Le Temps and Neue Zürcher Zeitung
June 2006: The first NCCR Democracy newsletter is now available in pdf format.
May 2006: A new project “Judging candidates in e-democracy: implications of smartvote, profile and ratings from a legal perspective” (IP 16a) was added to the knowledge transfer module. The project deals with the legal aspects of electronic voting.
April 2006: A peer mentoring group has been set up by fourteen female NCCR doctoral students and post-docs. This program is the NCCR’s initiative to promote women researchers in political and communication science.
April 2006: The doctoral program started with an introductory course on contemporary democratic theories held by Prof. Michael Saward of the Open University, UK.
January 2006: NCCR members and partners received third party funding for a new project that will be integrated into the Knowledge Transfer Module.