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Module 1: Constituting democracy in multinational polities

Democracy promotion is an issue that has risen to the top of the policy agenda in the West in recent decades. Module 1 analyzes the challenge of extending democracy beyond stable and established democracies, to areas and regions where democratic governance has thus far been absent or has had a very tenuous hold.

The overall research question of the module is: What kind of institution-building and identity-forming processes are likely to promote democratization?

Three projects investigate the challenges to democratization in the sphere of supranational governance and in regions divided by ethnic conflicts or even civil wars, where there is no consensus as to what should constitute the popular unit on which democracy is based. Ultimately, a solution to this problem requires that the population and its identity processes be matched to a specific set of rules and institutions of democratic governance.

IP 1 and IP 2 address the democratization of the European Union as a supranational organization:
IP 3 is devoted to the challenge of democratization in post-civil war situations.

The research builds on the five completed projects in Phase I (2005-2009).

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Module 1

Module leader: Sandra Lavenex

IP 1: Conceptions of Europe
Project leaders: Daniele Caramani / Kurt Imhof / Jens Lucht

IP 2: Designing demoicracy in Europe
Project leaders: Francis Cheneval / Sandra Lavenex / Frank Schimmelfennig

IP 3: Institutional strategies for post-conflict democratization
Project leaders: Lars-Erik Cederman / Simon Hug / Andreas Wenger