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Past Events

Globalization, Mediatization and Populism: Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

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.

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Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

Final scientific conference of the NCCR Democracy, 15-16 June, 2017 at the University of Zurich, main building.

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Media and democracy—public sphere up for sale?

Media and democracy—public sphere up for sale?

Public panel discussion with Gabriele Siegert, Roger de Weck, Christof Moser, Felix E. Müller und Pascale Bruderer. 14 June 2017, University of Zurich.

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Wie Globalisierung und Mediatisierung unsere Demokratie verändern

Wie Globalisierung und Mediatisierung unsere Demokratie verändern

Video of presentation of the NCCR Democracy's research findings by Prof. Daniel Kübler now on Youtube.

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Democracy in post-truth times: a challenge to science and to the media

Democracy in post-truth times: a challenge to science and to the media

Public panel discussion (in German) on Thursday, 1 June 2017, 18:15-19:45, at the University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201.

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Das Demokratiegebot - Antrieb oder Zündstoff für die europäische Integration?

Das Demokratiegebot - Antrieb oder Zündstoff für die europäische Integration?

Public talk by Prof. Günter Verheugen, former European Commissioner for Enlargement. Thursday, 18 May 2017, 18:15-19:45, at the University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201.

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Demokratieförderung in Entwicklungsländern - ein sinnloses Engagement?

Demokratieförderung in Entwicklungsländern - ein sinnloses Engagement?

Public panel discussion (in German) on Thursday, 11 May 2017, 18:15-19:45 at the University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201. Discussion followed by an aperitif.

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Presidential elections in France—the next shock?

Presidential elections in France—the next shock?

Public panel discussion (in German) with Claire Demesmay, Hans-Georg Betz, Daniel Binswanger, Simon Bornschier, and Laurent Bernhard. Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 18:15 at the University of Zurich.

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Was die Europäer unter Demokratie verstehen und was sie von ihr halten

Was die Europäer unter Demokratie verstehen und was sie von ihr halten

Public talk (in German) by Hanspeter Kriesi, Professor at the European University Institute and former Director of the NCCR Democracy. Thursday, 27 April 2017, 18:15 at the University of Zurich, Aula.

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How the populist reference to "christian identity" runs against freedom of (any) religion

How the populist reference to "christian identity" runs against freedom of (any) religion

Public talk by Prof. Olivier Roy (European University Institute) on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 18:15-19:45 at the University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201.

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Der Reiz des Populismus (The appeal of populism)

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.

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Brexit, Trump, AFD, Front National - sind wir machtlos gegen den Populismus?

Brexit, Trump, AFD, Front National - sind wir machtlos gegen den Populismus?

Public talk (in German) by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, publicist and politician. Thursday, 30 March 2017, 18:15h at the University of Zurich, Aula KOL G-201.

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The role of the media in direct democracy

The role of the media in direct democracy

9th Aarau Democracy Days, 16-17 March 2017, Kultur- und Kongresshaus Aarau. Public panel discussion and conference (in German)

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Power and progress: Geopolitics and the future of democracy under President Trump

Power and progress: Geopolitics and the future of democracy under President Trump

Public talk by Dr. Robert Kagan (Washington Post/Brookings Institution) on 22 February 2017 at the University of Zurich.

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Populismus in unserer globalisierten, mediatisierten Welt – eine Gefährdung der Demokratie

Populismus in unserer globalisierten, mediatisierten Welt – eine Gefährdung der Demokratie

Public lecture (in German) by Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner (former Foreign Minister of Austria and European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy) on 1 February 2017, 18:15-19:45, at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistr. 71, Aula KOL G-201.

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Public panel discussion "Wissenschaft in der Demokratie"

Public panel discussion "Wissenschaft in der Demokratie"

20 October 2016, 18:30 at the University of Zurich, KOH-B-10. Free entrance, no registration required. Language: German.

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Populism and democracy

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.

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8th Aarau Democracy Days: "Political rights for foreigners?"

17/18 March 2016, Kultur- & Kongresshaus Aarau, in German.

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Public panel discussion "Grenzen der Demokratie? Spannungsverhältnisse zwischen Idealen und Realisierung"

18 November 2015, 18:30, at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistrasse 71, room KOL-G-201. In German.

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Civil society in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Looking back and reaching out

Civil society in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Looking back and reaching out

International conference, 7-8 June 2015, at the University of Zurich, Room SOC 1-106, Rämistrasse 69. Registration is required by 5 June.

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7th Aarau Democracy Days: (Un-)Equality and Democracy

7th Aarau Democracy Days: (Un-)Equality and Democracy

26/27 March 2015, Kultur- & Kongresshaus Aarau

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Autonomy and Sovereignty Referendums: The Catalan Case from a Swiss Perspective

Autonomy and Sovereignty Referendums: The Catalan Case from a Swiss Perspective

Public roundtable discussion on Thursday, 5 March 2015, 18:00-19:30 at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistrasse 71, Room KOL F 117.

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6th Aarau Democracy Days on "Local Democracy"

6th Aarau Democracy Days on "Local Democracy"

March 27-28, 2014, Kultur- & Kongresshaus Aarau.

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Soirée: Populismus in (Wahl-)kampagnen. Geschickte Strategie oder Holzweg?

Public discussion with talk by Dr. Laurent Bernhard on populism in election campaigns. 25 February 2014, 18:30-19:30 Uhr, Kampagnenforum, Hermetschloostrasse 70/4.01, 8048 Zurich.

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Disenchanted Swiss democracy - Political Switzerland in the 21st century

Disenchanted Swiss democracy - Political Switzerland in the 21st century

Symposium on 23-24 January 2014 at the University of Zurich. The symposium focuses on recent changes in the areas of party landscape, associations and media and their consequences for the democratic model of Switzerland.

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The role of international actors for democratic citizenship

The role of international actors for democratic citizenship

Public panel discussion on 10 October 2013, 17:00h, at the University of Zurich, KOL E 18. Speakers: Sandra Lavenex (University of Lucerne), Julian Culp (University of Frankfurt), Rudolf Batliner (ETH Zurich), Corinne Huser (SDC).

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Launch of Visual Reader "Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge"

Launch of Visual Reader "Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge"

NCCR Democracy is publishing the visual reader "Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge". The new book covers the most relevant aspect of democracy and its development over time, illustrated by powerful images. The book launch reception will take place on 19 September 2013 at the City Hall of Zurich.

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The tension between capitalism and democracy

Public conference on 6/7 September 2013 at the University of Lucerne, organized in collaboration with the Foundation Lucerna.

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Democracy promotion: Lessons from different regions of the world

Democracy promotion: Lessons from different regions of the world

Public panel discusssion on Thursday, 20 June 2013, 17:30h at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistr. 71, KOL F-117. Speakers: H.E. Hassan Wirajuda (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia), Prof. Sandra Lavenex (NCCR Democracy) and Dr. Fernando Mendez (Center for Democracy Studies Aarau).

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Selecting and naturalizing citizens - Who has the right to decide?"

Selecting and naturalizing citizens - Who has the right to decide?"

Public panel discussion on 30 May 2013, 6.30pm, at the University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, KOL-G-209.

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Democracy in crisis

Public conference on 15/16 March 2013 in Lucerne. Organized in collaboration with the Foundation Lucerna.

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Soirée "Key factors for success in direct-democratic campaigns"

Soirée "Key factors for success in direct-democratic campaigns"

Panel discussion in German with Min Li Marti (Kampagnenforum) and Laurent Bernhard (NCCR Democracy) on March 5th, 2013, 18:00-19:30, at Kampagnenforum, Hermetschloostrasse 70, Zurich.

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New media, social capital and urban mobilisation in China

New media, social capital and urban mobilisation in China

Workshop, 28 February - 1 March 2013, University of Zurich. The workshop will bring together 20 Chinese and European experts on urbanisation, mobilisation and mediatisation to discuss the relationship between the emergence of new media and urban mobilisation in China.

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The diffusion of democracy

The diffusion of democracy

Public panel discussion with Beth Simmons (Harvard University), Valerie Bunce (Cornell University), and Kurt Weyland (University of Texas at Austin). 31 January 2013, 17:15, University of Zurich, main building, Rämistr. 71, KOH B10.

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How much participation does democracy require?

How much participation does democracy require?

Public lecture (in German) by Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi on 26 October 2012, 17:00, at the University of Zurich KOL G-209.

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Methodological improvements of media content analysis

Annual conference of the methods-division of the German Association for Communication Research (DGuPK) on 27-29 2012 September at Technopark Zurich.

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Scientific conference on civic education

Scientific conference on civic education

7/8 September 2012 at the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA). The conference will be held in German.

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Ethnic politics and electoral democracy

International conference on 14-16 June 2012 at ETH Zurich. Topics include electoral politics and conflict, economic distribution effects, intra-ethnic splits, ethnicity and institutions, and the politicisation of ethnic identities.

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Public roundtable discussion on multilateral democracy

24 May 2012, 18:30-20:00, Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, Niederdorf, Zürich. Discussion in German with Daniel Binswanger (Das Magazin), Francis Cheneval (NCCR Democracy, University of Zurich) and Susanne Boshammer (University of Bern).

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Workshop on "Demoi-cracy: The Government of the Peoples"

Workshop on "Demoi-cracy: The Government of the Peoples"

22-23 March 2012, University of Zurich. With two public lectures by Kalypso Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford) and James Bohman (Saint Louis University).

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Public roundtable discussion: "Media and democracy - political communication in Switzerland"

Public roundtable discussion: "Media and democracy - political communication in Switzerland"

Discussion in German with Roger de Weck (Head of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG), Res Strehle (Editor-in-chief Tages Anzeiger) and Hanspeter Kriesi (NCCR Democracy), moderated by Daniel Binswanger (Das Magazin). 21 March 2012, 20:00h at Theater am Neumarkt, Zurich.

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4th Aarau Democracy Days on the democratization of the Arab world

4th Aarau Democracy Days on the democratization of the Arab world

On 15-16 March 2012, the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) organizes the fourth Aarau Democracy Days ("4. Aarauer Demokratietage") at Kultur- and Kongresshaus Aarau. This year's topic is the Arab revolution and its future perspectives.

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Wohin führt die Revolution in der arabischen Welt?

Wohin führt die Revolution in der arabischen Welt?

Öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion am 27. Oktober 2011, 18:30-20:00 Uhr, im Audimax der ETH Zürich, Rämistr.101. Mit dem langjährigen Nahost-Korrespondenten der NZZ Arnold Hottinger, dem ehemaligen Botschafter und Vertreter der Schweiz in Libyen Josef Bucher sowie dem ägyptischen Journalisten Tamer Aboalenin.

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Transformation of the Arab World - Where is it heading to?

Transformation of the Arab World - Where is it heading to?

International conference, 27-28 October 2011, at ETH Zurich and University of Zurich. Organized by NCCR Democracy and Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS).

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The future of democratic capitalism

International conference, 16-18 June 2011, ETH Zurich.

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NCCR research colloquium Summer 2011

NCCR research colloquium Summer 2011

Talks by Prof. Mark Warren (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) and Prof. Klaus Eder (Humboldt University Berlin).

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Public lecture and workshop by Prof. Andrew Hayes (Ohio State University)

Public lecture and workshop by Prof. Andrew Hayes (Ohio State University)

16 May 2011 (14:00-18:00h) workshop on "Modern Mediation Analysis" and on 23 May 2011 (16:15-18:00h) public lecture on "Beyond Baron and Kenny: Statistical Mediation Analysis in the New Millennium".

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Die verlorene Ehre der Politik

Die verlorene Ehre der Politik

5. Mai 2011, 20:00, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Pfauen. Streitgespräch mit Markus Notter, Regierungsrat Kanton Zürich, und Hanspeter Kriesi, NCCR Democracy, in der Reihe "Wer hat das Sagen? Zum Stand der Demokratie" präsentiert von Schauspielhaus Zürich und DIE ZEIT.

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3rd Aarau Democracy Days: "Wahl-Probleme der Demokratie"

3rd Aarau Democracy Days: "Wahl-Probleme der Demokratie"

7-8 April 2011, Kultur- und Kongresshaus Aarau. Public panel discussion and scientific conference (in German) organized by the Centre for Democracy Studies (ZDA) Aarau.

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Public panel discussion on the expulsion initiative and the counterproposal

Public panel discussion on the expulsion initiative and the counterproposal

Thursday, 18 November 2010, 18:00 at the University of Lucerne, Union, Festsaal U 1.03.

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Challenging Democracy

Challenging Democracy

International conference on 13-15 October 2010 organized by the Academia Engelberg in cooperation with the Collegium Helveticum and NCCR Democracy.

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Financial crisis and democracy

Financial crisis and democracy

Conference organized by the Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA) on 18/19 March 2010 at Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Aarau.

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"Freie" politische Willensbildung und Medienberichterstattung

Inaugural lecture (in German) by Prof. Dr. Jörg Matthes on Monday, 1 March 2010, 18:15 at the University of Zurich, Aula, Rämistrasse 71.

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NCCR conference "Political representation: New forms of measuring and old challenges"

NCCR conference on 12-14 November 2009 at the University of Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, B - 102.

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Current changes in Swiss politics

Current changes in Swiss politics

NCCR conference on 6 November 2009 at Käfigturm in Bern.

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Democracy promotion: lessons learnt from two world regions

This expert workshop focuses on new insights on the progression and pitfalls of democratic change beyond the OECD world. More specifically, it aims at exchanging and discussing academic findings of two research projects in the NCCR Democracy with the policy-making community.

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NCCR Conference: Switzerland - an exceptional case in political communication?

11-12 September 2009, at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Andreasstrasse 15.

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Politische Kommunikation in der Schweiz - ein Sonderfall?

Podiumsdiskussion an der Universität Zürich am 10. September 2009, 18.00 Uhr, mit Andreas Gross (National- und Europarat), Martin Senti (NZZ), Gabriele Siegert und Kurt Imhof (NCCR Democracy).

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Hot models and hard conflict: The agenda of comparative political science in the 21st century. A symposium in honor of Hanspeter Kriesi

26th June 2009 at the Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS), University of Zurich/ETH Zurich.

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From local to transnational: The challenge of campaigning in tomorrow's Europe

7-9 May 2009. Conference of the European Association of Political Consultants in cooperation with NCCR Democracy. Zurich Marriott Hotel and University of Zurich.

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1. Aarauer Demokratietage

April 2009: The Center for Democracy (Zentrum für Demokratie ZDA) Aarau organized the first "Aarauer Demokratietage" from 2-4 April 2009.

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Publishing a Dissertation in Social Sciences

Panel discussion organized by the NCCR peer mentoring group Stepping Stone on 21 October 2008 at ETH Zurich.

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Different Democracies, Same Media? Elections and Governance in Europe and the United States

International conference on 5./6. September 2008 in San Francisco. Organized by SwissGIS and NCCR Democracy in the framework of the 175th anniversary of Zurich University.

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NCCR research colloquium spring 2008

Guest speakers: Gerry Mackie (University of California San Diego), Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Pierre Birnbaum (Université de Paris I) and Dietlind Stolle (McGill University Montréal).

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Multikulturelle Gesellschaft: Gefahr für die Demokratie?

Öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion mit Daniel Jositsch, Claudio Zanetti, Felix E. Müller, Gerd Zitzelsberger, Kurt Imhof und Nenad Stojanovic. Moderation: Esther Girsberger. Donnerstag, 17. April 2008, 18:15-20:00, Universität Zürich HAH E03, Häldeliweg 2.

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Öffentliche Vorträge anlässlich der 175-Jahr-Feier der Universität Zürich

"Herausforderungen an die Demokratie im 21. Jahrhundert" von Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi und „Mehr Demokratie durch Medien und Internet?“ von Prof. Heinz Bonfadelli. 4. April 2008, Universität Zürich.

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Parcours des Wissens / 175th anniversary of Zurich University

Public event, 8-16 March 2008, Sechseläutenplatz Zürich.

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NCCR Democracy research colloquium fall 2007

Guest speakers: Shanto Iyengar (Stanford University), Leonardo Morlino (University of Florence) and Helene Sjursen (University of Oslo).

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On media monitoring - The media and their contribution to democracy

International conference on 29-30 June, 2007 at the University of Zurich.

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Hin und Weg - von der Wissenschaft in die Praxis, von der Praxis in die Wissenschaft

Podiumsdiskussion am 14. Juni 2007, 17.00-18.30h, Hauptgebäude Uni Zürich, Raum KOL-G-212.

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NCCR research colloquium: summer 2007

Guest speakers: Goran Fejic (International IDEA), Erik O. Eriksen (ARENA/Recon Oslo) and Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam).

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Media and democracy: 2nd NCCR Democracy General Assembly Meeting 2007

Public debate on 13 April 2007 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).

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Research colloquium: program winter 2006/07

Speakers: Simon Hix (LSE), Jacques Thomassen (University of Twente) and Alexander Trechsel (European University Institute).

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Democracy and Globalization

Talk by Prof. David Leblang. Thursday, 25 January 2007, 18:00 - 20:00, ETH Main Building HG, Room E 33.3

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Demokratisierung durch Krieg

Öffentlicher Vortrag von Prof. Wolfgang Merkel (Wissensschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung). 26. Juni 2006, 18.15 Uhr. Universität Zürich, Rämistr. 69, Hörsaal SOC-1-106.

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Research colloquium: program summer 2006

Speakers: Frank Nullmeier, Jos de Beus, Winfried Schulz, Michael Saward, Francis Cheneval, Frank Schimmelfennig and Hanno Scholtz.

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Europäisierung und Transnationalisierung und die Folgen für die politische Kommunikation

Vortragsreihe im Rahmen der Vorlesung "Politische Kommunikation im Wandel II". Jeweils dienstags 16:15-18:00 Uhr am Institut für Publizistikwissenschaft und Medienforschung der Universität Zürich, Andreasstr. 15, Raum AND 3.02.

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Wie Europa demokratisch(er) wird - die EU im Wandel

Inaugural lecture Prof. Dr. Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zurich). 3 May 2006, 17:15h, ETH Zurich (main building), Audimax

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