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