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Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Democracy is a multi-disciplinary research program launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2005. The program examines the key challenges to democracy today and traces them to two major trends: globalization and the growing influence of the media on politics.

The NCCR’s basic research questions are: How are established democracies changing under the conditions of globalization and the mediatization of politics? And how can democracy be promoted horizontally (to non-democratic countries) and vertically (to supra-national regimes like the EU, the WTO, etc)? More

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Globalisierung, Mediatisierung und Populismus: Herausforderungen für die Demokratie im 21. Jahrhundert
Short presentation of the NCCR Democracy's research findings by Prof. Daniel Kübler, Director NCCR Democracy. Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 17:30-18:00 at the University of Zurich, main building, Rämistr. 71, KOH B-10. Read More... More
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, Rämistr. 71 Read More... More
Media and democracy—public sphere up for sale?
Public panel discussion (in German) on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 18:15–19:45, University of Zurich, Rämistr. 71, KOH B-10. Read More... More
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. Read More... More
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