Module 5: The quality of democracy
This module deals with the questions of how to measure and how to enhance the quality of democracy. Challenged by globalization and mediatization there is first of all a need to analyze the changes of crucial prerequisites and the underlying political conflicts of a well functioning democracy. On the basis of these results we shall not only be able to compare the varying democratic performances of different countries but also pin down the impact of different qualities of democracy on the functioning of society tout court. Additionally, the module deals with attempts to improve crucial democratic processes such as deliberation and electoral decision making by the means of new information technologies.
The quality of democracy in established democracies is assessed by democracy barometer” (IP 15).
The “smart-voting 2.0” project (IP 16) analyzes the impact of voting advice applications on voters' decisions and elections.
The project "Deliberative experiments and direct democratic voting" (IP 18) conducts online experiments on selected topics of upcoming direct democratic votes in Switzerland in order to identify institutional, psychological, and individual conditions that drive voting decisions.